Published DateLACONIA — Belknap Economic Development Council welcomes the Lakes Region community to explore the world of advanced manufacturing during the first annual Lakes Region Manufacturing Week, March 11-15. The week features tours and open house events at eight manufacturing facilities throughout the region. In addition, Lakes Region Community College will host an information session for the community to learn more about their new advanced manufacturing certificate and degree programs.
The Huot Technical Center's Manufacturing & Pre-Engineering Program will also host an open house for anyone interested in learning about their unique four-year high school program that prepares students for careers in high-tech fields.
A detailed schedule can be found here: http://www.belknapedc.org/lrmanufacturingweek2013.html
"This will be a fun opportunity for people from the community to get inside these high-tech companies and see what they do," said Carmen Lorentz, Executive Director of Belknap EDC.
"Many people don't have a direct link to manufacturing today, so we wanted to give the community a chance to get to know these companies and see for themselves what great career opportunities they offer. It's a really exciting industry to be part of."
Advanced manufacturing is a critical industry in New Hampshire, making up 19% of the state's economy and paying $75,000 on average. In the Lakes Region, advanced manufacturing employs over 4,000 people, which is 10% of of the local employment base.
These businesses are not the same factories that employed thousands more people many decades ago – they are nimble, high-tech companies that rely on advanced technology and highly skilled employees to manufacture products for markets that require a high degree of precision, such as aerospace and medical product.