CONCORD, NH -- Gov. Maggie Hassan announced the winners of her "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" video contest via the same medium middle school students around the state used to explore New Hampshire's advanced manufacturing industry.

Hassan delivered the results in a video announcement, declaring Fairgrounds Middle School in Nashua, working with AET Labs, C & M Machine Products and Nashua South High School, as the first-place winner, followed by the North Hampton School, working with Lindt Chocolate USA in second place and Pittsfield Middle School, working with Globe Manufacturing, in third place. The winning schools will receive $1,000, $750 and $500 respectively.

"To ensure that our manufacturers can continue to be innovative and remain competitive, we need to make sure the next-generation of workers know about the opportunities that will be available to them when they graduate in a few short years," Hassan said. "That's why I challenged middle school students to explore what goes on inside their local companies through the What's So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest."

Students from 12 schools submitted 13 videos exploring advanced manufacturing. The contest was sponsored by the Division of Economic Development and the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

"Each video was creative and informative," said Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose. "This contest is a great introduction for students to learn about manufacturers in their hometowns and realize that they can stay in New Hampshire after they graduate and pursue quality careers that are dynamic and exciting."

Establishing a pipeline of talent is important to the state's manufacturers, said Zenagui Brahim, president of NHMEP.

"Manufacturing is the state's largest industry and having an opportunity like this video contest to connect students with what are possibly their future employers is critical to make sure these companies remain strong and competitive," he said.

The video contest was made possible through partnerships with BAE Systems in Nashua; Hypertherm in Lebanon; Lindt Chocolate USA in Stratham and Velcro USA in Manchester.

The participating schools were: Academy of Science and Design and Fairgrounds Middle School, Nashua; Indian River School, Canaan; Kearsarge Middle School, North Sutton; Kingswood Regional Middle School, Wolfeboro; Laconia Middle School; Lisbon Regional School; Milford Middle School; North Hampton School; Pelham Memorial School; Pittsfield Middle School and Rochester Middle School.

Gov. Hassan's video announcement and link to the 13 videos are available at blog.nheconomy.com.

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