MANUFACTURING NEWS

Check this page regularly for the latest Connecticut manufacturing news. You’ll read about the latest progress in advanced technologies, the industry’s powerful economic impact, and stories about Connecticut manufacturing newsmakers.

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Jun 28, 2018

A Bristol medical equipment manufacturer was recently one of 43 companies and organizations in the nation awarded for improving the U.S. economy by sharing American ingenuity abroad.

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Jun 18, 2018

For the second time in a decade, Gary Francoeur has had to make room for his expanding Suffield laser-services operation. And, he worries he may need to again inside of a year.

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Jun 18, 2018

If middle school students won’t go to factories, Goodwin College will bring the factories to them. The East Hartford college is cruising Connecticut’s highways with a 44-foot-long, 12-foot-wide trailer equipped with work stations and high-tech gear to invite students to…

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Jun 14, 2018

HARTFORD — The flavored liqueurs are brewing at Hartford Flavor Company. It’s been in business for about three years now and already has its product in seven states including Connecticut.

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Jun 13, 2018

PUTNAM – Foster Corporation, a manufacturer and purveyor of biomedical polymers and compounds, has seen its business flourish in the last few years, especially in the international market where it has seen growth near 20 percent.

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Jun 12, 2018

Described as “the largest industry event on the aerospace calendar,” the Farnborough International Airshow, to be held in mid-July in Great Britain, boasts more than 1500 exhibitors from more than 50 countries.  Among them will be a contingent from the State of Connecticut,…

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Jun 4, 2018

It travels at lightning speed and is considered the most lethal aircraft ever made. It’s the F-35 and it’s built by Lockheed Martin, but the engine and many of its parts are made right in here Connecticut. On Monday. employees at a Manchester company got to see how this…

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Jun 4, 2018

Connecticut manufacturers, looking to fill thousands of jobs, are reaching beyond community colleges and vocational schools to persuade high school students to embrace careers in 21st-century factories.

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Jun 1, 2018

East Hartford aeroparts manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has received a $2 billion contract from the Pentagon to produce the eleventh installment of F135 engines to power all three models of the F-135 Lightning II jet.

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May 31, 2018

As the sky-high demand for jet engines shows no signs of slowing down, one Connecticut manufacturer is rising up to meet the challenge. For over three decades Aero Gear in Windsor has been a key player in complex gearbox assemblies for the global aerospace market. Now the…

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May 29, 2018

Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have received a joint grant of $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment to create the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration.

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May 17, 2018

With aerospace business booming, executives at Connecticut manufacturers turned their attention Wednesday to a familiar and chronic problem: finding qualified employees to handle the rising workload.

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May 14, 2018

Since 1964, Alpha Q in Colchester has been busy producing parts for the aerospace industry.

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May 6, 2018

Seventy-four years after inventor Frank DeBisschop opened a tool and die shop in Thomaston, his grandson is still running a spinoff of his manufacturing business, mass-producing medical devices and honing prototypes in Wolcott.

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May 4, 2018

Less then a year ago, Olivia Hernandez decided to transfer out of the high school where she’d missed months of class to suspensions for fighting and bad behavior.

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May 4, 2018

Less then a year ago, Olivia Hernandez decided to transfer out of the high school where she’d missed months of class to suspensions for fighting and bad behavior.

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Apr 27, 2018

Most environmentally conscious individuals and industries do whatever they can to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Apr 26, 2018

Reshoring and foreign job announcements (FDI) surged in 2017 to over 170,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs. This is strong evidence that work can and will be successfully brought back—and is especially relevant in a time of intense debate over tariffs and the trade deficit.

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Apr 26, 2018

Tunxis Community College is establishing Connecticut’s eighth advanced manufacturing education program as employers struggle to keep up with demand for workers.

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Apr 24, 2018

While state officials look to dial back foreign outsourcing and bring contracts to Connecticut manufacturers, industry stakeholders are wondering how they will meet the demands.

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Apr 18, 2018

One of Danbury’s oldest businesses celebrated its 75th anniversary with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other local officials this week.

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Apr 18, 2018

Connecticut will show off a $726-million part of its economy to the world when four of the state’s hydrogen and fuel-cell companies exhibit at the world’s biggest industrial fair – Hannover Messe, April 23-27, in Germany.

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Apr 15, 2018

With a recent expansion, Milford-based Q-Tran is looking to limit its need for outsourcing.

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Apr 13, 2018

Since the first one was crafted from plastic in 1953, more than 60 million Wiffle Balls have been purchased and played with in countless backyards, school gymnasiums and makeshift fields throughout the country and on every continent.

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Apr 13, 2018

East Hartford jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney said it has inked contracts with five new suppliers to provide maintenance on its geared turbofan (GTF) engines.

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Apr 13, 2018

Fordham Marble is bringing more than 100 years of history to Bridgeport.

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Apr 12, 2018

Fordham Marble is bringing more than 100 years of history to Bridgeport.

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Apr 12, 2018

Not long after acquiring Novo Precision LLC three years ago, owner Bill Hazard considered relocating the Bristol manufacturer closer to his Glastonbury home.

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Apr 12, 2018

Serta Simmons Bedding LLC says more than 240 workers have begun producing mattresses at its new Windsor Locks factory.

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Apr 10, 2018

The Scandinavian delivery of the first batch of single-aisle, twin-engine jetliners powered by Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan engine means greater opportunities not just for Pratt but also for Connecticut, which supplies many of the engines’ components, a top official…

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Apr 10, 2018

Kaman Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers for aircraft parts, one of its biggest customers, Airbus, recognized this Connecticut company as one of 22 of their elite suppliers.

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Apr 4, 2018

A Berlin jet engine partsmaker is adding 10,000 square feet to its manufacturing facilities, an expansion the company hopes will bring new customers and bigger orders.

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Mar 19, 2018

The Bartkowicz sisters, Lillian and Dorothy, bear a rare and distinguished mantle among Connecticut businesses: They are female owner-operators of a Newington manufacturing company in a state that built its economy and reputation around technical innovation and production.

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Mar 12, 2018

THOMASTON — Ward Leonard Electric Company has invested $2.2 million in its Watertown Road facility to bring work to Connecticut from overseas while adding at least 20 jobs.

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Mar 3, 2018

SEYMOUR — A hidden gem tucked away in the Silvermine Industrial Park is making its mark in the “rad” world of skateboarding. Surf-Rodz, 71 Cogwheel Lane, is a family-run business based on helping recreational and professional skateboarders have a smoother, faster and more…

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Feb 27, 2018

CROMWELL — Pratt & Whitney’s Connecticut subcontractors must adopt and maintain the most advanced manufacturing methods available to counter competitors clamoring to take part in the aerospace giant’s jet engine production surge, Matthew F. Bromberg, president of Pratt’s…

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Feb 23, 2018

EAST HARTFORD, CT — There are about 13,600 job openings in Connecticut manufacturing right now, and even though the state has beefed up its community college training programs and increased its tax credits, there’s no way they will all be filled.

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Feb 16, 2018

Veteran Connecticut manufacturing executive Paul M. Murphy is the new executive director of the Aerospace Components Manufacturers (ACM), effective March 19.

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Feb 1, 2018

DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith, Goodwin College President Mark Scheinberg and Max McIntyre, president of the Aerospace Components Manufacturers, discuss the growth of manufacturing in Connecticut and efforts to grow the state’s workforce on “Where We Live.”

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Dec 17, 2017

Feature story onBeverlee Dacey, president of Amodex president and member of the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund board.

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Oct 19, 2017

With demand for their products increasing, Connecticut manufacturers are actively seeking out skilled workers to hire. That’s why 38 companies from all over Connecticut brought their recruiting efforts to Goodwin College’s Manufacturing Career Fair on Tuesday. At the fair,…

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Oct 5, 2017

A pickup in manufacturing in the U.S. and Europe is driving demand for springs installed in nearly every industrial machine and household device. Spring and wire forming manufacturers are responding by developing new processes to more rapidly turn out more springs and metal…

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Oct 4, 2017

Newington aeroparts maker PCX Aerostructures LLC has received $136.2 million in military contracts for the production and overhaul and repair of Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter components.

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Oct 3, 2017

BERLIN – Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman recently visited Mark Gregoretti, owner of Meadow Manufacturing Inc. at 120 Old Brickyard Lane, to tour the facility and see the results of a Small Business Express Program loan his aerospace manufacturer utilized.

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Sep 25, 2017

Original-equipment and Tier 1 manufacturers from around the world will meet with members of the Aerospace Components Manufacturers (ACM) at the World’s AEROSPACE ALLEY!® Tradeshow Nov. 8 in Hartford.

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Sep 21, 2017

Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, was awarded a $5.1 billion contract by the U.S. Navy to complete the design of the Columbia-class submarine, the Navy announced on Thursday.

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Sep 12, 2017

NEW BRITAIN – For Acme Monaco, the key to running a successful business is family. Spearheaded by brother and sister co-presidents Rebecca Karabin-Ahern and Lucas Karabin, the New Britain-based manufacturing company is celebrating its 70th anniversary this…

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Aug 21, 2017

Steelwrist, a Swedish-based international manufacturing company, will open its U.S. headquarters this September in Berlin. Speaking by phone from Stockholm, Sweden, Steelwrist CEO Stefan Stockhaus said the company chose Berlin for its centralized location and the…

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Jul 31, 2017

With acronyms such as ASRS, AGV, ISO and WMS guiding the factory operations at Belimo Americas headquarters in Danbury, it is clear the next generation of manufacturing has come to Connecticut. Belimo, which makes actuators, valves and sensors for heating, ventilation and…

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Jul 31, 2017

Twenty-three-year-old Levon Gonzalez of East Hartford has taken three workshops in Goodwin College’s new advanced manufacturing mobile lab. Already a standout at ACMT in Manchester, Gonzalez operates coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) used to inspect manufactured gas…

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Jul 24, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Orange-based Numet Machining Techniques a $23.5 million contract to supply air compressor cases for F100 jet fighter engines over a period of three years. Under CEO Tim Ulles, Numet sells components to the East Hartford-based Pratt &…

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Jul 9, 2017

ANSONIA >> Corkscrew shreds of aluminium spun off the whirring lathe run by Elisabeth Lundequist as the 13-year-old Ansonia student trimmed the base of what would be a pocket flashlight. On the other end of the room, Ryan Marren, who will be entering Milford’s Joseph A.…

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Jun 23, 2017

Some good news for Connecticut’s troubled business landscape has come from a new nationwide report saying that the quality of the Nutmeg State’s manufacturing workforce has improved.

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Jun 20, 2017

ENFIELD — In front of a large crowd of state and local officials, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and members of the business community, Asnuntuck Community College leaders dedicated the new $25 million, 27,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center…

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Jun 14, 2017

Smaller companies face challenges trying to compete with bigger ones – visibility, for one. Fourteen Connecticut aerospace suppliers will soon be seen among the world’s giants – and sell millions of dollars in goods and services.

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May 17, 2017

Connecticut manufacturers expect to grow their workforce in the next three years and will need to fill 13,600 positions by 2018 to meet growing demand.

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Apr 24, 2017

New degree programs at Tunxis Community College in Farmington and Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven are training people for careers in energy-related fields.

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Apr 24, 2017

With a loan from the state of Connecticut, Aerocision, a complex metal machine shop based in Chester, CT, invested in new technology which helped the company improve efficiency and become supplier of the year for Rolls Royce.

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Apr 3, 2017

Connecticut Spring & Stamping (CSS) is currently making changes to its massive dust collection system, a significant source of energy with machines that typically run up to 20 hours a day. CSS will see an additional projected annual savings of $8,171.

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Mar 9, 2017

A 135,000-pound industrial machine used to shape, cut, and grind aerospace components was moved to the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. The 20-foot-long machine will be used by manufacturers in Connecticut’s sizable aerospace supply chain.

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Feb 17, 2017

Atlanta-based mattress manufacturer Serta Simmons Bedding LLC is making a $100 million, multiyear investment to add to its manufacturing capacit

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Feb 2, 2017

Cyient Inc., an aerospace engineering design and manufacturing firm, is increasing operations in East Hartford with a loan from the Department of Economic and Community Development.

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Jun 28, 2018

50 years in business. It’s a historic milestone for any organization. Inline Plastics celebrated the occasion in style on April 17th, commemorating their golden anniversary in a celebration at their corporate headquarters building on Canal Street in downtown Shelton.

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May 31, 2018

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Magnetic Technologies Ltd., an advanced manufacturer of high-quality, magnetic brakes for the wire and cable industry, is relocating to Putnam, Connecticut, where the company will build its new headquarters. The $5.26 million…

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May 23, 2018

Connecticut-based United Technologies today announced it will hire 35,000 people and make a $15 billion investment in the U.S. over the next five years. The company announced it will inject an additional $75 billion into communities nationwide through expenditures to its…

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May 23, 2018

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) today announced plans to hire 35,000 people and make investments of more than $15 billion in research and development (R&D) and capital expenditures (CapEx) in the United States over the next five years (2018-2022). With this…

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May 22, 2018

Pietro Rosa TBM (Turbine Blade Manufacturing) today announced that it has signed a 10-year, long-term agreement (LTA) with Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., to supply airfoil products for both commercial and military engines. The LTA, which may…

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May 17, 2018

PDC International Corp. reaches a milestone this year as it celebrates 50 years of engineering and packaging machinery innovation. The company, founded and still headquartered in Norwalk, CT, specializes in fine packaging machinery for the application of heat shrinkable…

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May 16, 2018

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) today. The aircraft is the first of an expected 200 helicopters for the Marine Corps’ fleet.

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May 8, 2018

Otis today introduced its “Otis ONE™” IoT service platform at the World Elevator Expo. Otis ONE is the company’s connected elevator solution that personalizes the service experience through real-time, transparent information sharing, proactive communication tools and…

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May 1, 2018

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced an historic partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB) that will help the company grow their workforce by nearly 1,900 bringing it to more than 13,000 by 2034, allow for capital investments of greater than $800 million in…

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Apr 16, 2018

The Business, Management, and Advanced Manufacturing Department at Goodwin College has announced its inaugural Women of Manufacturing Summit for Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The event will be held at the College’s Business and Manufacturing Center, One Pent Road in East…

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Mar 29, 2018

Morgan Truck Body, LLC, North America’s largest manufacturer of medium-duty truck bodies, shares additional details of its plans to further expand its manufacturing footprint into New England. The new manufacturing facility will be located at 85 Moosup Pond Rd in…

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Mar 15, 2018

In a nationally-competitive proposal process, UConn School of Engineering was one of only two schools in the country to receive funds to train the next generation of advanced manufacturing leaders.

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Dec 20, 2017

The researchers, led by associate professor of materials science and engineering Rainer Hebert, have created a device that uses ceramics on additively manufactured metals to obtain signals about degradation or certain other potential problems, such as overheating. They are…

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Oct 12, 2017

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – October 12, 2017 – Inquisitive young minds will gather with leading women in manufacturing at the fourth annual “Making it Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit” next week.

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Oct 9, 2017

FARMINGTON, Conn., Oct. 9, 2017 – United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) (”UTC”) has named Judy Marks as President of Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer and service provider of elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Marks joins UTC from Siemens, where she serves as…

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Sep 7, 2017

STRATFORD, Conn. – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, received a contract from the County of Los Angeles for two S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters in a baseline configuration. Sikorsky is assembling the two new S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for delivery to L.A.…

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Sep 1, 2017

STRATFORD, Conn. – Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 1 contract to build two production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This contract follows the April 4, 2017, Milestone C…

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Aug 18, 2017

GROTON, Conn. (August 18, 2017) – General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $115.3 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a…

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Jul 31, 2017

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) recently inducted Pratt & Whitney’s Senior Vice President of Engineering David Carter as well as Alloy and Coating Material and Manufacturing Process Development Manager, Michael Maloney,…

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Jul 19, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.-- Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) subsidiary Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) announced today that its launch customer Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong has formally accepted the first two production K-MAX® aircraft built on Kaman’s…

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Jul 18, 2017

On Monday, July 17, Davis-Standard President and CEO Jim Murphy welcomed Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Department of Economic Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Catherine Smith, Connecticut State Representative Diana Urban, Connecticut State Senator Heather…

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Jul 13, 2017

Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE: B), a global industrial and aerospace manufacturer and service provider, today announced that its Chairman of the Board, Thomas O. Barnes, and its President and Chief Executive Officer, Patrick J. Dempsey, will ring the closing bell of the New York…

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Jun 30, 2017

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The U.S. government and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, today signed a five-year contract for 257 H-60 Black Hawk helicopters to be delivered to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The multi-year contract will yield…

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May 25, 2017

SCA Pharmaceuticals, an Arkansas-based company, has decided to establish a presence in Connecticut through the creation of a new 90,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Windsor, where the company has plans to create approximately 361 new jobs over the next four years.

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Apr 25, 2017

Pratt & Whitney is building on a more than 15-year investment in its Advanced Diagnostics & Engine Management tool to help operators better monitor and maintain their engine fleets, including the PurePower® Geared Turbofan ™ (GTF) engine.

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Feb 2, 2017

Cyient, Inc., a multi-faceted aerospace engineering design and manufacturing firm is expanding its operations in East Hartford. Currently employing 456 full time workers in Connecticut, the company plans to add 85 full-time jobs over the next three years.

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Dec 12, 2016

General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) have re-introduced an on-the-job training initiative using the nationally-recognized Registered Apprenticeship program. The program will train apprentieces in various job classifications.

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Jun 26, 2016

The leading manufacturer of extrusion machinery in the country, is expanding its primary facility at its headquarters in Pawcatuck, in a plan that includes adding 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space and over 30 jobs in the next two years to its largest global site,…

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