Representatives from manufacturers and businesses across the region learned about opportunities from their counterparts during the first Seacoast Manufacturing Exchange in Rochester Wednesday. The next session is scheduled for January. (JOHN QUINN PHOTO)
Seacoast manufacturers upbeat at networking debut
The session, which is the first of several upcoming quarterly networking opportunities for manufacturers in the region, was positive and productive, said Mary Ellen Humphrey, economic development specialist.
"Manufacturing is so time-oriented and business-oriented. Local is better," Haley said, adding companies can save time and money by working with local producers and distributors.
Bill Johansen of Spaulding Composites in Gonic said he was looking to "establish synergy" or to create training opportunities with other businesses.
The forum proved the value of networking with businesses across the Seacoast, which has the opportunity to strengthen if communities and companies work together, said Nancy Carmer, manager of the Portsmouth's economic development program.
The venture created a lot of interest among businesses, which will probably participate in future sessions, said Dan Barufaldi, Dover's Economic Development Director.
Members of Great Bay Community College were also thrilled to hear about the needs of manufacturers.
Mattson said the first advanced composites manufacturing class at the new Advanced Technology & Academic Center in Rochester will graduate in December. She said graduates will have the skills to work in highly skilled careers in the aerospace industry.