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The Times
  • Tenney touts small businesses during tour of Fermer Precision

  • State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney visited Fermer Precision in Cedarville on Friday, stating the machining facility exemplifies what needs to happen in the private sector.

    “It’s great to see people working hard and doing wonderful work,” she said.

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  • State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney visited Fermer Precision in Cedarville on Friday, stating the machining facility exemplifies what needs to happen in the private sector.
    “It’s great to see people working hard and doing wonderful work,” she said.
    Tenney, R,C,I - New Hartford, talked about her own roots in small business, specifically Mid-York Press which was founded by her grandfather in 1946. Mid-York Press currently employs nearly 80 people in Chenango County, according to Tenney’s website.
    Tenney said from talking with employees during her tour at the homegrown business, she can tell they have a lot of pride in their work. “We’ve seen so many companies that have moved out of New York state,” she said. “The most important thing we need to do is to build up the private sector. It’s very important that we continue the growth of businesses like these.”
    “The assemblywoman’s visit says much about her and Fermer’s assertion that world-class manufacturing is indeed taking place here in the Mohawk Valley,” said Fermer Precision Executive Vice President Mark Cushman in a news release. “We’re very proud to be showcasing to her our company’s abilities, growth and success.”
    Tenney has been touring businesses in Herkimer County after redistricting altered the area she will represent if re-elected in January. She will face a challenge from Republican candidate Brian Maher in the September primary and from Democratic challenger Dan Carter in the November election.
    Besides Fermer Precision, Tenney recently visited Remington Arms where she learned about microstamping and why it would be harmful to their business.
    She said she plans to make more stops to small businesses throughout the area.
    Tenney said she has enjoyed touring the new district, which stretches from Oneida County to Orange County, and includes Herkimer, Otesgo, Delaware, Ulster and Sullivan counties.
    “It’s like finding little gems as you’re driving along,” she said.
    Tenney said — like in so many other areas —  jobs is the biggest problem facing Herkimer County residents. “I want to make New York a business friendly place,” she said during a press conference at the facility. She noted New York state has been listed as one of the most “unfriendliest” places for businesses because of high income taxes and high property taxes.
    Tenney said she also wants to see improvements made to worker compensation rates for employees and to lower energy costs.
    Fermer Precision currently employs about 60 people and recently acquired 16 additional state-of-the-art machining centers. It is also an affiliate of the Fiber Instrument Sales in Oriskany.
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