SHAHEEN CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF SAFRAN AEROSPACE COMPOSITE IN ROCHESTER

Company hopes to employ more than 400 people at new facility

March 31, 2014

(Rochester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today joined Safran Aerospace Composite officials to celebrate the grand opening of Safran’s new Rochester manufacturing facility which will create jobs and boost the local economy. Safran, the world’s oldest aircraft engineer manufacturer, builds aircraft propulsion systems, rocket engines, and other aircraft equipment; the new plant currently employs 130 people and expects to grow to between 400 and 500 employees by 2020.

“The high-tech jobs being created here in Rochester show how innovative companies like Safran can help drive economic growth and job creation,” Shaheen said. “Advanced manufacturing firms are creating high-paying jobs and helping us maintain our technological edge, but their success also depends on a highly skilled workforce. That’s why I’ve worked to promote investments in our education system so that more companies have access to a high skilled workforce right here in New Hampshire and can follow in Safran’s footsteps.”

Shaheen helped secure $20 million for the Community College System of New Hampshire through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act Community College and Career Training Program. The grant funded the creation of the statewide advanced manufacturing job training program that gives workers the skills to get jobs at high-tech companies and was critical in bringing Safran to New Hampshire.

Continuing her efforts to promote on-the-job training programs and New Hampshire’s Community Colleges, Shaheen, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has supported efforts to amend the Workforce Investment Act in order to establish a grant program that would help create partnerships between businesses and two-year colleges to help with job training efforts.  The bill would also authorize funds for state or local governments to train workers for companies or industries that are considering relocating their operations overseas to train workers to enable them to keep their operations local.