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In Greensboro, Hagan Tours Columbiana Hi Tech

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May 13, 2013

  • CHT to forge partnership with community college system that mirrors Hagan’s AMERICA Works Act

GREENSBORO, N.C., May 13, 2013 – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today toured the Greensboro facility of Columbiana Hi Tech (CHT) and joined Don Olson, President and COO of CHT, to announce a partnership between Columbiana and the North Carolina Community College system. The goal of this partnership is to ensure that workers have the skills and expertise they need to manufacture the high-quality products for which Columbiana is known.

“I believe these types of partnerships – between employers and community colleges – are exactly what we need to get our economy back on track and get people back to work,” said Hagan. “Employers should not be struggling to fill jobs when families are still struggling to make ends meet. That’s why I introduced the AMERICA Works Act, a commonsense jobs bill that encourages industry and community colleges across the nation to make connections that will made sure job training programs are making workers job ready.”

Columbiana Hi Tech is a leading manufacturer serving the needs of nuclear utilities and related industries. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of front end radioactive packaging for the commercial nuclear fuel market.

In March, Hagan introduced the bipartisan AMERICA Works Act, a commonsense jobs bill to help address the skills gap and ensure that workers are being trained for the jobs that are available now. The legislation, which is supported by the National Association of Manufacturers and many other trade associations, employers and educators, establishes a national industry-recognized credentialing system that ties the needs of American businesses to the curriculums of community colleges and job-training centers - matching the skills training with the needs of employers.

“CHT is proud to be a growing business in the Greensboro community, and, through AREVA and Transnuclear Inc., a key part of the robust energy hub in the Carolinas,” said Don Olson, President & COO of CHT. “We value and appreciate the support we've received from Senator Hagan and look forward to expanding our work with the community college system to help build the CHT workforce with highly skilled technicians whose welding services are required to meet the highest levels of safety and quality for our nuclear customers.”

Last week, Columbiana announced plans for expanding its facility and adding new technology to address a growing need for safe used fuel management materials. Since the beginning of this year Columbiana has added 14 employees to its Greensboro facility and will have more than 100 employees by midyear, a 25 percent increase in full time staff. The facility expansion will include another 900 square-feet of office space and construction of a 1,050 square-foot training center at its main facility in Greensboro.

“I am thrilled that Columbiana is expanding its facilities and adding jobs at their facility here in Greensboro,” added Hagan. “I am working every single day to create a better business climate so companies like Columbiana can grow jobs and boost our local economies.”


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More About Columbiana Hi Tech (CHT)

CHT is a division of AREVA Inc. located in Greensboro, N.C. We specialize in custom fabrication and are dedicated to supplying qualified products to the nuclear industry. With 30 years of experience, our team of engineers and manufacturing staff has the industrial expertise and quality assurance credentials to meet the needs of nuclear utilities and related industries. Visit us at http://chtnuclear.com.

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AREVA TN, a division of AREVA, is the market leader for used fuel storage and fuel transportation in the American nuclear industry. We offer innovative total systems solutions for the safe storage of used fuel, industry best pool-to-pad services, and nuclear fuel and waste logistics. Our success is based on our reputation for unparalleled human performance initiatives, a dedication to safety first, transparent pricing and business integrity that combine to ensure our customers get “as promised” cost savings and superior results. http://us.areva.com/arevatn


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AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA’s strategy. Its nearly 5,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Visit us online at http://us.areva.com and follow us on Twitter: @AREVAinc.