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Made in Connecticut, is an ongoing reporting series which examines Connecticut’s manufacturing future, from high-tech to handmade.

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From 1901 to 1953, Indian motorcycles were manufactured in Springfield Massachusetts. But the first Indian motorcycle, the first prototypes, were actually built in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Connecticut manufacturers are closely watching events in China as the country allows its currency to devalue. Government control of the yuan has for years been a point of contention for companies, who said it gives Chinese manufacturers an unfair advantage in export markets.

Terex Corporation

Terex Corporation will become incorporated in Finland as it merges with a Finnish company. But officials say the construction equipment maker will retain a significant presence in Connecticut.

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An abandoned factory near downtown Hartford is going to see new life -- as an apartment complex.

Originally built in 1893, the Capewell Horse Nail Factory manufactured nails that attach the metal shoes to horses’ hooves. But the historic 100,000-square-foot building has remained empty since the 1980s.   

UTC's Hayes Talks About Sale of Sikorsky

Jul 21, 2015
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One day after announcing the sale of its Sikorsky Aircraft Unit, Hartford-based United Technologies Corporation is talking about what comes next. 

Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky

Jul 20, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft

Hartford-based United Technologies announced last month it would look into the sale or spin-off of its helicopter business, Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford. Now Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin will purchase Sikorsky for $9 billion.

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Eighty-six years to the day after ground was broken for Pratt and Whitney's East Hartford campus, company executives and workers and state and local officials gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new 425,000-square-foot global headquarters and engineering facility.

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The Commerce Department reports Connecticut exports reached a record $10.5 billion last year -- 30th in the nation. But the state’s U.S. senators warn that Congress’s inaction on the federal agency known as the Export-Import Bank could be putting some of that business at risk.   

Connecticut's Exports Reach Record $10.5 Billion

Jul 13, 2015
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Federal officials say Connecticut exports powered by the aerospace industry reached a record $10.5 billion last year, ranking it the 30th largest export market in the nation.

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A new federal designation is expected to help the state of Connecticut access more than $1 billion in federal funding for economic development and to boost manufacturing.

The state is one of twelve applicants to receive the designation by President Barack Obama's administration under the Investing in Manufacturing Committee Partnership Initiative. It's a federal program designed to strengthen manufacturing across the country and support states with long-term economic development strategies.

Program Aims to Boost State's Manufacturing

Jul 9, 2015
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Connecticut and eleven other regions around the country will be part of a federal economic development program designed to boost manufacturing. 

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Historic West Hartford firearms maker Colt has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. But the company says it plans to keep its doors open. 

Kaman Aerospace

Kaman Aerospace is to start making helicopters in Connecticut once again. The announcement comes more than ten years after production ceased in the state.

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Sikorsky has announced it will close its Bridgeport plant, and consolidate all of its Connecticut operations in Stratford. One hundred eighty people will lose their jobs in the state, as the helicopter maker lays off 1,400 people worldwide -- just less than ten percent of its workforce.

Meriden Campus of Middlesex Community College to Remain Open

Apr 15, 2015
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The Board of Regents announced on Wednesday that the Meriden branch of Middlesex Community College will remain open, after the state legislature made an effort to block efforts to close it.

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