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It’s a common problem among manufacturing companies in the Upper Valley and elsewhere: Experienced employees are nearing retirement, and there aren’t enough younger folks lining up to replace them.

“We have been realizing over the past few years that we need to think outside the box to recruit talent to GW Plastics,” said Cathy Tempesta, human resources director for the Bethel-based company that specializes in precision injection molding.

In one of those fortunate instances of being in the right place at the right time, Mollie Naber, then a participant in Vital Communities’ Leadership Upper Valley program and a consultant for Green Mountain Economic Development Corp., found at least part of a solution.

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