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Commissioner Jeffrey Rose reads the Manufacturing Week Proclamation at NHBB's facility in Peterborough, NH on October 2, 2015.

Commissioner Jeffrey Rose reads the Manufacturing Week Proclamation at NHBB's facility in Peterborough, NH on October 2, 2015.

October 2, 2015 (Peterborough, NH): The annual celebration of New Hampshire's manufacturing industry officially began on Friday, October 2, 2015 with the reading of the Manufacturing Week Proclamation. Jeffrey Rose, the Commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), read the Proclamation at NHBB's facility in Peterborough in front of company employees, industry leaders, area residents, and local and state government officials.

Manufacturing Week is a celebration of the manufacturing industry and a reminder of its importance to NH's economy. Activities are designed to introduce students and the general public to manufacturing and highlight the various educational pathways that lead to a career in manufacturing.

Organizers expect more than 1,100 New Hampshire students to participate in tours at over 50 companies. Hundreds more will visit local community colleges to learn about their manufacturing education and skills training programs.

Manufacturing Week concludes with the 13th Annual Governor's Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit. This event takes place Friday, October 9th at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH (download the agenda).

Following the reading of the Proclamation, NHBB is taking part in other Manufacturing Week activities. The HiTech Division in Peterborough is hosting a factory tour for Conval High School students on Tuesday, October 6th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. The Astro Division in Laconia is hosting a tour for students from Plymouth High School on Wednesday, October 7th.

At the Summit on Friday, NHBB's Gary Groleau will participate as a panelist during the workshop on best practices in workforce development. Gary is NHBB's Corporate Manager of Labor Relations and Organizational Development and has been a key participant in workforce development initiatives.

Manufacturing Week is organized by the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP), the Division of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), the Business and Industry Association (BIA), the New Hampshire High Tech Council (NHHTC), the Community College System of NH, Keene State College, the New Hampshire Dept. of Education, and many other partners.