Manufacturing

Funding for Made in Connecticut, an ongoing reporting series which examines Connecticut’s manufacturing future, from high-tech to handmade, is made possible by our Founding Sponsor, KBE Building Corporation, to promote science, technology, and innovation in Connecticut.

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In June, General Electric confirmed it’s considering a move out of Connecticut. The news came amid a state budget battle over corporate tax hikes. 

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In an era awash in the rollout of brand new gadgets, gizmos, fashions, and fads, it's easy to think of obsolescence as part of the natural order: Remember popped lapels, pay phones and laserdisc players? But the idea that an object should quickly fall from favor, lose functionality, and find itself in a landfill somewhere is quite new -- and it didn't come about by accident.

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New Haven and Fairfield Counties host many of the state’s fastest growing tech companies, according to a new listing. The Marcum Tech Top 40 is also strong on software and advanced manufacturing firms. 

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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.

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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.   

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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. 

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Jul 20, 2015
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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. 

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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.

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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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Robert Noll’s job is pretty simple. As a contractor for MARC Industries in Manchester, Noll screws nuts onto U-bolts that are used to install pipes and sprinkler systems.

But he's visually and intellectually disabled, so performing this task efficiently is sometimes a problem. 

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The town of Bristol is in the midst of marketing their new logo and brand: Bristol - All Heart. A group of artists, calling themselves the Bristol Art Squad, are doing their part to showcase the new brand by transforming five vacant storefronts throughout the city into temporary art installations. 

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New England can reclaim its title as a manufacturing hub by working together to nurture the development of the advanced manufacturing industry. That's the conclusion of a new report being released Wednesday by the nonpartisan New England Council

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Pratt and Whitney says 2014 was a transformational year for the company, and it’s ready to put development problems behind it, as its new family of engines goes into service this year. 

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United Technologies Corp. has announced a change in leadership at Sikorsky Aircraft, less than a month after announcing it may spin off the helicopter-making subsidiary.

UTC on Thursday appointed Robert Leduc as president of Sikorsky, moving predecessor Mick Maurer to the newly created role of UTC senior vice president of strategic projects. 

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Jet engine maker Pratt and Whitney is harnessing big data to try to cut down on engine maintenance problems, and save airlines money. 

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Connecticut is one of just two or three places in the U.S. where stationary fuel cells are made on a large scale. While it's been an important industry here for decades, it's never been profitable. But could that be about to change? 

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Pratt and Whitney has completely changed the way it builds its engines. The company unveiled a revamped production line at its Middletown plant, which it says will help it keep up with a huge increase in demand. 

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Whether growing blood vessels for human transplant or looking out into the cosmos through precision telescopes, so much of what happens in science relies on glass.

A Bennington, Vermont manufacturing plant is closing, putting 62 people out of work.

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These days of falling oil prices may be causing alternative fuel suppliers a few sleepless nights. But one tiny company in Eastern Connecticut is forging ahead with plans to break into the fuel pellet market with a surprising new ingredient. 

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Later stage manufacturing companies are not, as a rule, high on the venture capital radar. According to PriceWaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree Report, only three out of 53 VC financing transactions in Connecticut went to manufacturing firms last year. Of this, two were established businesses with a revenue-making product. So how are some manufacturers bucking the trend and attracting big VC investments? 

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