Shaheen Celebrates Granite State Manufacturing Plant Expansion at Groundbreaking Ceremony

September 10, 2021

** GSM plays an important role in the construction, operation and maintenance of the US Navy’s submarine fleet. **

Earlier: Shaheen pays tribute to Alan Shepard of Derry at the NH DOT I-93 re-dedication ceremony.

9.10.21 Derry

(Manchester, NH) – Today, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), senior member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, delivered remarks at the Granite State Manufacturing groundbreaking ceremony commemorating the expansion of its Nashua plant. GSM systems play an important role in the construction, operation and maintenance of the US Navy’s submarine fleet. The expansion of the facility will strengthen GSM and New Hampshire’s role in supporting US national defense, while creating new, well-paying jobs in the region.

“The expansion of Granite State Manufacturing’s Nashua plant is a testament to the important role the company and New Hampshire play in supporting our national security. said Shaheen. “America’s submarine fleet builds on the contributions GSM makes every day to our industrial submarine base, and this expansion will strengthen the company’s ability to continue to support and deliver the best solutions.” welding and manufacturing to the Navy, while creating new, well-paying jobs here in Nashua. I offer my congratulations to the hardworking and dedicated workforce of GSM, and look forward to seeing their continued efforts on behalf of our community and our nation.

As a member of the Senate Armed Services and Credit Committees, Shaheen fought to support the industrial base of US submarines and the vital contributions of New Hampshire companies and manufacturers to US national defense. Shaheen included millions of dollars in funding to prepare for the increased workload of the new Columbia-class submarine in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2021. She also secured $ 20 million in funding for undersea workforce development last year. The NDAA for fiscal year 2022 that was recently approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this year would authorize $ 130 million to increase submarine purchases, which would help expand the submarine industrial base to l support for the Virginia and Columbia classroom programs.

Earlier, Shaheen attended the New Hampshire Department of Transportation ceremony re-dedicating I-93 in honor of the Derry native and astronaut Alan Shepard. As one of NASA’s first Mercury Seven astronauts, the first American to fly in space, the fifth man to ever walk on the moon, and the commander of Apollo 11, Shepard is a central figure in the history of the US space program. Today’s consecration celebrates and preserves its legacy for present and future generations.

“Alan Shepard was a pioneer of the American space program. He has helped push the boundaries of science and deepen our understanding of the universe. I had the pleasure of being on site this afternoon to re-dedicate I-93 in his name, which will preserve and celebrate the achievements of one of New Hampshire’s most beloved sons for generations to to come “, Shaheen said. “Throughout his life, Alan has also been a champion of scientific advancement and STEM education, which is why, as chair of the credit subcommittee that funds NASA, I am committed to Honoring Alan’s legacy by advocating for funding that supports these efforts, which help ensure more of our young people are able to follow in his footsteps and reach for the stars. ”

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