Siemens has announced it is extending its commitment to hire more veterans this year for jobs that include sales, healthcare and electronics manufacturing.

Last year, the company participated in the launch of the White House initiative to support America's military members, Joining Forces, pledging to reserve 10 percent of its 3,000 job openings for veterans. The company hired 630 service men and women in 2011, and says it will hire hundreds more in 2012.

"Veterans make great leaders and great employees," said Eric K. Shinseki, secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. "So congratulations to Siemens for more than doubling your pledge to hire veterans, and military family members this past year. And thank you for your commitment today to hire an additional 300 veterans in the coming months."

Meanwhile in upstate New York, a Liverpool-based electronics manufacturer said it will use tax credits and state grants to create up to 275 high tech jobs in Postsdam, the Watertown Daily Times reports.

C Speed LLC, which makes electronic equipment that reduces disruption from wind turbines on air traffic control and radar systems, said it could open the new plant by the end of the year.

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