Sen. Shaheen hosts veterans roundtable, tours Granite State Manufacturing
She doesn’t play video games and said her grandchildren easily can beat her at them. But she had a slight advantage, just having come from Nashua High School South, where the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition was happening. She had the opportunity to try out some of the students’ creations.
The senator toured the West Side company that has been in business since 1937 and is located on Joliette Street, individually greeting more than a dozen employees, all veterans, and posed for photographs with them in front of the company’s largest machine — a Kuraki CNC horizontal boring/milling machine.
After the tour, she hosted a roundtable discussion concerning the need for businesses to hire veterans and talked about proposed Senate legislation that would provide a larger payroll tax credit for businesses that hire veterans.
Laurie Glaude, GSM director of human resources, said the company employs 23 veterans, 16 percent of its workforce. The company works closely with James Goss, executive director of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, in finding veterans to fill the positions.