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Sen. Shaheen welcomes Axenics execs from Nashua to Washington.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen welcomed executives from a Nashua-based equipment manufacturer to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a meeting of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.

Haywood Schmidt, president of Axenics, and Chris Coutis, vice president for manufacturing, showcased their work on job creation and innovation. Axenics builds manufacturing equipment designed to provide the purified environment needed for computer chips and other high-tech products.

Axenics has more than 40 employees and has been a leader in pursuing state job training programs, Shaheen said. Last year, she visited the company to announce the State Trade Export Promotion funding, which provides New Hampshire companies access to market research and training funds. Shaheen helped secure the $300,000 grant through the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.

"Axenics is a great example of the need to support our small businesses," Shaheen said in a press release. "By taking advantage of the State Trade Export Promotion funding and state workforce training programs, Axenics has put itself in a strong position for future success. They are a great small business success story and a model for small businesses across the country."

The Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee hosts several meetings annually to foster dialogue between Senate Democrats and community leaders across the country.

"Meetings like this are a positive sign that our government does understand the success and struggles that small businesses have here in the United States," Schmidt said. "With a lot of doom and gloom in the business world today it is important to focus on the companies that are maintaining and what they are doing to succeed. If the senators are keyed in on what companies need to be successful during these slow economic times, they can support programs and funding that will in turn help business."


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