U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, toured the Fermer Precision plant Monday afternoon in Ilion and said he liked what he saw.
The high-tech machine shop employs more than 65 people and was started by people willing to take some risks, Arcuri said.
"Businesses such as this are the cornerstone for our economy and our ability to create jobs in this area," he said.
Workers with strong work ethics, the ability to learn quickly and the willingness to show up on time and perform multiple tasks remain reasons for optimism about the area's economic future, Arcuri said.
"Our workers are willing to show up on time." It's tough to find a more ringing endorsement than that.