Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava and Keene Supervisor William Ferebee present Jim Kahler of Pre-Tech Plastics in Mineville with a resolution of congratulations on having received AS9100C Certification.
Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors congratulated a member of the Mineville IDA Business Park for receiving a coveted certification.
Board Vice Chairman William Ferebee of Keene and Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava presented Jim Kahler of Pre-Tech Plastics in Mineville with a resolution of congratulations on having received AS9100C Certification, a quality management standard specifically written for the aerospace industry and awarded by the Online Aerospace Supplier Information System. The award places Pre-tech among the best in the Aerospace and Defense Quality Management System International Standard.
“It’s been an honor for PreTech to be in the business park for 15 years and hopefully we will be there for 15 or 20 more years, or even longer,” Kahler said.
“I mean, it’s a good success story for the county, the IDA and the town of Moriah,” Scozzafava said. “The IDA was very instrumental in getting Pre-Tech there and owns the building that they are in and they lease it back to Pre-Tech.”
Scozzafava said that Pre-tech has also been a good member of the community.
“Rick Dolliver, who is one of the owners of Pre Tech, he has put a substantial investment in the town of Moriah,” he said. “He bought the Velez Marina and has spent a lot of money down there. His own money. No government money whatsoever. So it’s just great that you’re there and we’re certainly appreciative of all you do for our community and the county as a whole.”
Kahler took time to talk about the chances that he saw for growth at the Mineville IDA site.
“I would say that the area does have the people here to create business,” he said. “I do believe that you really should think about another building in that area and you know, maybe go from there.”
“The IDA has been looking at doing an expansion to the original building down there or building a new building because there is some potential growth down there,” Chesterfield Supervisor and IDA board liaison Gerald Morrow said.
Kahler also talked about educational experiences geared toward the jobs that are available in the area, referencing a former training program that was run through CV-Tech in Mineville.
“CV-Tech and the BOCES do not have that program going anymore, but I would like to say that is something that should probably be started up again,” Kahler said. “It was very beneficial to us. We did have some employees that came from those programs at BOCES, and without having it is a very difficult thing to have applicants apply that have credentials that we actually need for our business from the machining business to the mathematics, the AutoCAD and hands-on machine experience that is offered at BOCES. So in the future I would just like to say that would be something to restart and revisit.”
“I met with BOCES. We had a brief discussion with a couple representatives on the training program, and it would be great to have that start once again,” Scozzafava said. “I know the equipment is already in the facility.”
Scozzafava added that a program like that would be used to help companies throughout the county.
“I also spoke to the new president of North Country Community College a few weeks ago and (Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb) Malaney,” he said. “I think they are going to start steering some of their programs toward training for International Paper and any businesses that are in this area where they need some specialized skills. That’s a good thing.”