President of Nashua-based manufacturer testifies in D.C.
Aaron Bagshaw, president of Nashua's WH Bagshaw Co., was in Washington on Wednesday to testify at a congressional hearing about small manufacturers. He was invited to speak by Rep. Annie Kuster, a member of the committee.
Since taking office, Kuster has said she is focused on strengthening American manufacturing and ramping up training for a 21st-century work force.
"It's hard filling positions," Bagshaw said. "A lot of times we have to train an individual for up to a year to get them to where they need to be."
Last April, Kuster introduced the Workforce Development Investment Act that would provide incentives for businesses to partner with schools on programs that would teach skills so that students would be job-ready.
Bagshaw said he was used to public speaking so he wasn't feeling nervous about testifying in front of the committee. And WH Bagshaw, which started out making pins for the textile industry and now makes pins and fasteners for defense and aerospace industries as well as medical and automotive businesses, has a story to tell.
"The number of interns here is amazing," he said. "Really, you should see it."
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