Salem firm struggling to find help
The company, a leading manufacturer of component preparation services to a variety of industries, has more than 90 employees.
Kuster toured the Salem plant as part of her "Congress at Your Company" initiative, where she highlighted the importance of increasing the federal research and development tax credit from 14 percent to 17 percent while partnering with the state's community college system to train a highly skilled workforce of the future.
Located at 7-B Raymond Ave., the company offers component preparation services to the defense, medical, telecommunications and other industries.
"Twenty years ago, we were concentrating mostly on telecommunications, but that's shifted more toward defense, followed by aerospace and medical," Tyler said.
"Basically, we take other peoples' products and make them better," Tyler said. "A lot of our focus these days is making parts used to build missiles and put satellites into the air knowing they'll last for the next 30 years."
Kuster, who has toured several dozen Granite State businesses in recent months, banded with eight other house Democrats earlier this month to announce several new bills, including her Workforce Development Act.
"The idea is to create jobs right here, instead of shipping the jobs away," Kuster said.
"It is getting more and more difficult for us to find the right folks we need," he told the congresswoman. "Ideally, we like to find people with robotics experience as well as some electrical knowledge."
"There once was a very big divide between liberal arts and technical education," she said. "But that day has passed, and what's changed is that manufacturing is no longer done on your grandfather's factory floor."
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