WHELEN ENGINEERING IS THE MADE IN CT MANUFACTURER OF THE WEEK

May 22, 2013

by Connstep Team

(Rocky Hill, Connecticut) – CONNSTEP announced today Whelen Engineering Company is the featured Made in CT manufacturer of the week. Located in Chester, Whelen provides safety lighting for Police, Fire, EMS, and DOT professionals.

For over sixty years, Whelen Engineering has been the industry leader for innovative safety warning systems. From the first rotating aircraft “anti-collision beacon” developed by George W. Whelen, to the ultra low profile LED lightbars and dash lighting used today by fire, emergency and DOT professionals across the country, Whelen has remained committed to producing innovative safety warning systems. Whelen Engineering is the only US manufacturer of emergency warning equipment to still manufacture its products entirely in the United States. Their commitment to continuous improvement has lead to a state of the art environmental testing laboratory, the use of robotics, and a motivated workforce, which allow them to remain competitive with off-shore products.

“Whelen Engineering has been a leader in the emergency warning industry for the past 60 years.  They have risen above the competition through world-class customer service, product innovation and an unwavering commitment to quality.  Whelen is heavily investing in quality throughout the organization with employee education, continuous improvement and customer focused products, “said Norman Schaefer, Manager, Business Services, CONNSTEP.

The Made in CT Program (www.made-in-ct.com) is a dedicated feature on the CONNSTEP website, creating a directory for the state’s manufacturers to showcase products and services. Eligible companies can register to receive a complimentary company profile page to share company history, products/services and company news.  The goal of the program is to showcase the products made in the Nutmeg State and highlight the contributions of the manufacturing community to the public. Additionally, the program provides social media forums for manufacturers to connect with one another and discuss industry issues.

“CONNSTEP is excited to provide an opportunity for our manufacturers to benefit from greater exposure and to be recognized for the important impact they make on the Connecticut community, ”  Bonnie Del Conte, president and CEO of CONNSTEP, “The Made in CT Program offers local supply chain connections, sector peer networking and greater visibility to legislators and other economic stakeholders.”

All participating companies have the opportunity to become the featured manufacturer of the week. As the featured manufacturer of the week, Whelen Engineering Company will be prominently displayed on the CONNSTEP website as well as on the “Made in CT” Facebook page, LinkedIn group and Twitter feed (@CTMade).

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