Ayotte tours Dover camping gear firm
Nemo Equipment Co. designs, produces and markets products — including the Advanced Linking Combat Shelter (ALCS) and Targa mobility bag both issued to U.S. Navy SEALs — out of one of Dover's downtown mills.
Brensinger, who started the company in 2002 before graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, said there's a lot of potential in replacing sewing overseas with advanced welding or manufacturing techniques. Doing so would meet specifications for military equipment and open up opportunities for new industry, he said.
Despite the company's success, Brensinger said it's been a challenging year due to federal budget battles and the effects of sequestration, which affects some aspects of the military.
While only 15 percent of Nemo's revenue comes from military sales, the innovations generate new outdoor products for commercial use, which improve all items, according to Nemo spokeswoman Kate Ketschek, of Revolution House Media.
Revenues are still above last year, though, Ketschek said.
"We didn't hit our ambitious 2013 forecast, but we didn't see a decline," Ketschek said, adding military sales led to an overall boost to the company.
Ayotte learned of Nemo when she met Brensinger in July when they both attended a business roundtable in New Hampshire hosted by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Instead of using a temporary solution, Ayotte said she wants to help enact a budget that will continue to at least until the end of 2014.
Additionally, Ayotte said there's been a lot of discussion about allowing more flexibility under the decade-long cuts from the sequestration, which will affect 39 percent of the government.
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