Published DateLACONIA — NH Ball Bearings invites all Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce members to attend a Business After Hours on Tuesday, March 12 from 4-6 p.m.
Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. Attendees will get a chance to tour NHBB's World Class Manufacturing facility and find out more of what Advanced Manufacturing is all about.
New Hampshire Ball Bearings (NHBB) Astro Division is part of the Minebea family of companies headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Minebea is the world's largest producer of miniature ball bearings and a major manufacturer of precision electromechanical devices.
The Astro Division, located in the heart of the Lakes Region in Laconia since 1964, is the leading domestic supplier of spherical bearings, rod ends, lined and composite sleeves, slotted entry bearings and sub-assemblies for use in commercial and military aerospace applications.
Astro is growing and currently employs about 460 workers at its Advanced Manufacturing facility on Lexington Avenue. With growth comes the need for more skilled employees: CNC machinists, machine repair technicians and technically competent production workers.
A paradox is that NHBB's need for skilled employees continues to rapidly increase while the prevalence of these desired skills among NH's workforce continues to rapidly decrease. The result is a "skills gap" that has reached crisis proportion.
The absence of qualified employees imposes the imperative to recruit, train, and retain talent in both traditional and radically new and creative ways. But finding solutions is a collective effort and thus, engagement with community stakeholders is critically important. NHBB is steeped in a tradition of working intimately with diverse organizations such as the LRPC, BCEDC, LRCC, LACLT, Lakes Region Community College and SAU 30 to name but a few.
To RSVP for this event register on the Chamber website www.lakesregionchamber.org, Facebook
or call the Chamber at 524-5531.
NH Ball Bearings, 155 Lexington Drive, Laconia is hosting the March 12 Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 4-6 p.m. Planning this event are NHBB Human Resources Manager Nikki Parker, NHBB Human Resources Administrator Nicole Murray and Chamber Executive Director Karmen Gifford. (Courtesy photo)