Financing would have to be secured for a new building, and all necessary permits obtained before the county could proceed with the concept, he said, a process that would take at least a couple years.
“I think it would be beneficial,” Kahler said.
The certification Pre-Tech was applauded for, AS9100C, the Aerospace and Defense Quality Management System International Standard, is a quality-management system that encompasses facilities, workers, training, equipment and services.
Pre-Tech makes precision parts for the aerospace and bio-medical industries, and an AS9100C seal means Pre-Tech is favored by many companies when contracts are awarded.
The firm employs about 22 people in Moriah and has another location in Williston, Vt.
Kahler said he’d like to see the BOCES Yandon-Dillon Educational Center across the street from Pre-Tech provide another training course for Pre-Tech, similar to one that was offered several years ago.
“It (the program) probably should start up again. It was very beneficial to us. Without having that there, it’s difficult for applicants to have the credentials we need: mathematics, AutoCAD, hands-on machine work that was offered at BOCES.”
Kahler said a February article on Pre-Tech in the Press-Republican resulted in a flurry of applicants for jobs.
“We’ve got so many people coming in that we actually have people with credentials applying.”
Scozzafava said he has met with with representatives of both BOCES and North Country Community College about a training program for Pre-Tech, but neither has committed to one at present.
“It would be great to have that (training) start up again,” he said. “It’s (Pre-Tech) a good success story for the county, the IDA. The Industrial Development Agency owns the building and leases it back to Pre-Tech.”
“It’s great that you’re there,” Scozzafava told Kahler. “It’s great for our community and the county as well.”
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