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Walz promotes jobs for vets

Tours Parker Hannifin plant in New Ulm

September 7, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - First District Rep. Tim Walz toured the Parker Hannifin Corporation plant Thursday and talked about ways to make sure veterans returning home from wartime deployments can find good-paying jobs.

"I am here today to see first-hand the work Parker-Hannifin is doing and to discuss ways to ensure our veterans are finding good-paying jobs they can be proud of," Walz said.

Earlier this summer, Walz and Rep. Jeff Denham from California introduced the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act to address high veteran unemployment rates. The act seeks to streamline the federal certification process and cut through bureaucratic red tape for more than 70 jobs that require licenses or certifications in industrial, energy, maritime and aerospace sectors, among others.

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Congressman Tim Walz talks to Parker Hannifin machinist Curt Kormann Thursday while touring the company’s New Ulm facility.

In July, President Barack Obama signed Walz's Veterans Skills to Jobs Act into law.

"It's encouraging to know businesses and industries like Parker Hannifin can provide opportunity and prosperity right here in southern Minnesota," Walz said. "Linking new programs with veteran-friendly employers saves us so much money including unemployment (compensation) and retraining costs."

Walz, a Democrat who is seeking a fourth term, said the U.S. Highway 14 improvement project is high on his project priority list.

"We'll get the Nicollet to North Mankato piece done soon, but it's not done until it's all four-lane from New Ulm east and an 18-minute trip to Mankato," Walz said.

Parker Hannifin, which refers to itself the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies, for a variety of commercial, mobile, industrial, aerospace and military markets, has a number of jobs open at its New Ulm facility located at 2101 N. Broadway.

Multiple, full-time, production assembly workers are needed to test servo motors and/or gear head assemblies, read schematics and mechanical drawings, operate machine and production tools and fixtures, among other duties.

Other openings at the New Ulm facility include sub-contractor procurement specialists and quality engineers.

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