Moore Nanotech, located in Swanzey, New Hampshire. Nanotech was created in 1997 in Keene by co-founders, Mr. Len Chaloux and Newman Marsilius III. Marsilius financed the business from Bridgeport, CT, and Chaloux was the on-site president and CEO. Moore Nanotech produces diamond turning machines that are used to create optics such as touch screens, screens for HD TV, lenses that are used in telescopes by NASA, and many other things. Moore Nanotech also sells their machines to other optic developers in Keene and we saw these machines first hand when we toured companies in Keene. Moore Nanotech is rather a small business compared to its competitors such as the larger Precitech in Keene, and other competitors in Germany and in Japan, but it strives and continuously is profitable. To find out more about what Nanotech makes and where it sells too, my partner Finn Callihan Moore Nanotech is the perfect company to use as an example for an argument that rural America can keep up with technological change and that technological change is not the key factor in the manufacturing job loss of the 2000s’, and Moore Nanotech fits in perfect since it is young, only being started in 1997.

In today’s society, there is a lot more technology involved in companies and how they operate, however, people still have about the same amount of work they did before the large technological change, it just has shifted towards something new. Technology replacing humans in the manufacturing business is only true to a point, we still need humans to maintain the equipment and make sure that everything is running correctly, thus leading people to operate this new equipment. There are always going to be advancements in technology, but machines and people will have to work together to overcome this in order to have a business that prospers. Moore Nanotech does very well.

Most American’s believe that the ever-changing technology that we live in today is a huge factor in why we as a nation have lost manufacturing jobs. People assume that with the technological change in industry means that robots are taking over or that rural American’s cannot keep up the education that comes along with the new technology. Well known economist, Eduardo Porter believes this to be true, he thinks like most Americans. He argues that the jobs are disappearing because the rural workforce is not keeping up with technological change, and that there may be no solution except for rural people to move into low income housing in more tech-savvy cities.

Eduardo Porter says in his article The Hard Truths of Trying to ‘Save’ the Rural Economy, that “Robots and workers in China put together most of the manufactured goods that Americans buy, and the high-tech industries powering the economy today don’t have much need for the cheap labor that rural communities contributed to America’s industrial past. They mostly need highly educated workers. They find those most easily in big cities, not in small towns.” Nanotech contradicts this because they make these highly advanced machines that are able to create optics that are used in the most advance technology that we have to date. The engineers that are hired at Moore Nanotech have master’s degrees in engineering or have had a large amount of on the job training. This shows that with the advance in technology means the education just adapts to that and is taught to the employees, also with the advance in technology it leads for more jobs. My research into Keene’s precision sector suggests that with new technology making a job easier or creating a different way to complete it, just means more opportunities for people to learn the new jobs that are developed with these changes.  

Co-founders: Len and Sherry Chaloux (left); Newman and Sandra Marsilius (center); Thomas and Debbie Dupell (right)
CREDIT: Len Chaloux