Businesses wanted for Milford job fair

Amherst – During a retreat last month board members for the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce talked about how they could respond to the needs of local businesses, particularly manufacturing businesses.

“We know they are all having a difficult time finding skilled labor,” said chamber Executive Director Tracy Hutchins.

So Hutchins called Susan Drew, Millford’s welfare director, because the town had held a job fair last fall in conjunction with SHARE Outreach.

Plans came together quickly, and within 10 minutes the two women had set a date of Aug. 14.

Now the chamber is looking for local companies that have positions to fill to sign up for a booth at the fair.

Manufacturing companies like Alene Candles, Amherst Label and Hitchiner Manufacturing, “all have a really difficult time finding skilled labor,” Hutchins said.

She attended a business and industry roundtable not long ago that had one prominent theme, she said: how hard it is to find skilled manufacturing help. That might be because manufacturing has an image problem.

Those jobs have changed greatly over the years, Hutchins said, and they no longer live up to the image of dirty and insecure work.

“They often are very, very good jobs,” she said.

The fair will be held by the chamber in a partnership with the town of Milford and SHARE Outreach on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Milford Town Hall auditorium, 1 Union Square, Milford.

There is no fee to participate. Space is limited, and the deadline to reserve a table is Aug. 4.

Among the first companies to sign up were the Leddy Group, a staffing firm, and WorkReadyNH, which helps people improve their skills.

Call 673-4360 to reserve a table or email For more information about the chamber, visit or call 673-4360.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304, or kcleveland@