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Local nanotechnology company is global player

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A New Windsor nanotech company is widening its local and global presence. Our Eva McKend caught up with the president of Torr International to learn more about the expansion of his company and why he is so proud his machinery is made right here in America.

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. -- A red box marks the spot where President Masud Naraghi and his company Torr International sell their thin film machines. Thin film can be found in everything from DVDs to computer parts.

Dr. Naraghi's come a long way from the garage in Rockland County where he started out in the 1970s.

"Thin film has become a very important industry. The machines we make are very custom built systems. They are used mostly for research," said Naraghi.

Torr International's American clients include IBM and the physics department at Columbia University. The diverse client base, as varied as the use of thin film, also boasts a wealth of international organizations.

The relatively small New Windsor nano tech group employs 13 people including electronics design engineer Monark Suthar. Like Naraghi growing up in Iran, Suthar spent much of his young adulthood in India dreaming of becoming an engineer and doing just this type of work.

"I was determined. I wanted to go to a science college. I wanted to become an engineer. I was like praying to God since childhood, telling him I want to be an engineer," said Suthar.

Dr. Naraghi takes pride in the fact that all of his machinery is made right here in the United States. He says companies that have left over the years to manufacture in other countries around the world will eventually come back to America.

"This country is a very good country for really advanced technology, for industries, I think one of the best places in the world. I think a lot of industries that have gone to China or other countries, little by little, will be coming back," said Naraghi.

Torr International has plans to continue expanding. They have purchased an additional building and will soon take over almost the entire block on 12 Columbus Street.

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