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At Exeter manufacturing facility, Shaheen says exports will grow economy, create jobs

(Exeter, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited Cobham Antenna Systems this morning to tour its Exeter facility and discuss how supporting domestic manufacturing and export initiatives can boost New Hampshire’s economy and create jobs. Cobham’s Exeter facility employs approximately 450 people where they design and manufacture communication systems and navigation antennas for defense, commercial aviation, emergency response organizations and law enforcement. 

“One of the best things we can do for our economy is support manufacturers like Exeter’s Cobham Antenna Systems that create jobs here at home,” Shaheen said. “We need to do more in Washington to promote jobs and economic growth and give businesses the certainty they need to contract new business and hire workers.”

As both a governor and U.S. Senator, Shaheen has been an active proponent of streamlining the outdated U.S. export control system to fuel New Hampshire economic growth and has made supporting small businesses in New Hampshire a top priority. While at Cobham, Shaheen pointed to the importance of encouraging exports, which represent a promising opportunity for growth and job creation in the New Hampshire economy. She has introduced several bipartisan pieces of legislation to boost growth in manufacturing and export opportunities, including the On-the-Job Training Act that is included in the national  Manufacturing Jobs for America legislative package, and has also helped create the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant program.