What consumer product comes to mind when youÂ think of Vermont? Maple syrup, Cabot cheese, or Ben & Jerryâ€™s, perhaps? If that's what comes up in a kind of consumer word association, marketing gurus would nod their heads knowingly.
A strong product is great, but if you donâ€™t build a strong brand, it won't sell. How are businesses and policy makers branding Connecticut-made products?
The Second Amendment is just 27 words long, but it has caused more debate than just about anything else in the Constitution. "Itâ€™s confusing and self-contradictory and we spend a lot of time trying to figure out what its clauses and commas mean," said Michael Waldman, author of the new book The Second Amendment: A Biography. We talk to him about the history and odd syntax of this Amendment and the debate over it that was renewed by the tragedy in Newtown.
As manufacturing continues its rebound in this country, thereâ€™s a lot of discussion about the best ways for government to encourage the trend. One group of manufacturers in Connecticut think theyâ€™ve found the perfect policy tool, and theyâ€™re pioneering it here in Connecticut.
This hour, we kick off our year-long Made in Connecticut series with a conversation about keeping jobs in and bringing jobs back to Connecticut. Senator Chris Murphy joined us, along with WNPRâ€™s Harriet Jones, and some folks from the local manufacturing industry, to take an in-depth look at the present and future of manufacturing in our state.
Last month, Fender Musical Instruments announced it will close the Ovation guitar factory in New Hartford in the coming weeks. For now, that means all Ovation guitars will be made in factories overseas.Â
Companies that supply planes and engines to commercial airlines are about to see a boom in business unlike anything that the industry can remember. There are more customers than ever before for airline flights, and alongside that, engine technology has taken a big leap forward. That means unprecedented investment, andÂ Connecticut is at the epicenter of that change.Â
As World War II came to a close, manufacturing in Connecticut employed close to half the state's working population. Now it accounts for only eleven percent of employment. That dramatic decline over half a century is due to one irresistible force:Â off-shoring, and the loss of work to cheaper labor markets in Asia. But that force may not be so irresistible after all.
Changes in technology, energy and world labor markets are all driving a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S., but some economists believe Connecticut may miss out, despite its storied history as a manufacturing state.
This hour, we kick off our year-long Made in Connecticut series with a conversation about keeping jobs in and bringing jobs back to Connecticut. Last week, Senator Chris Murphy joined us, along with WNPRâ€™s Harriet Jones, and some folks from the local manufacturing industry, to take an in-depth look at the present and future of manufacturing in our state.
Can our state be home to a boom of reshored jobs? How can we keep the skilled manufacturing jobs we already have?