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Posted April 11, 2009 | Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily
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Business leaders tour local firms

WINCHESTER — Local and state officials, educators and business leaders toured two local manufacturers Wednesday to see first-hand some of their technical employment needs.

The 6th annual VIP Business Tours, hosted by the local Economic Development Commission, stopped at Winchester Tool, a machine shop that specializes in high-tech design, fabrication, engineering and welding, and Henkel Harris, makers of fine furniture.

“The tours proved to be another effective avenue to educate our decision makers on the different types of skill sets that are needed in the business community,” said EDC Executive Director Patrick Barker.

Technical skills were showcased, he said. While Winchester Tool’s operations are largely computer-driven, Henkel Harris requires more of an artistry component, he said.

“The pride and the passion that both companies’ employees take in their product was evident,” Barker said.

The tours were followed by a luncheon at the Hampton Inn and Conference Center on Berryville Avenue, which featured remarks from Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, the new president of Lord Fairfax Community College.

— Daily Staff Report

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