Connecticut Observes Manufacturing Month in October

September 21, 2015

by Linda Colon

Connecticut manufacturers, who make up nearly 10 percent of the state’s overall labor force, will celebrate Manufacturing Month as part of the state’s Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. program, with a variety of presentations and open house events across the state.

This is the fourth year that manufacturers throughout the U.S. are opening their doors to the public on the first Friday in October, in an effort to highlight modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

In Connecticut, however, the manufacturing sector is celebrated with a full month of events and programs. And beginning with Manufacturing Day on October 2, companies will be able to demonstrate, in a coordinated effort, the work that accounts for just over 11 percent of Connecticut’s GDP.

The many open houses and events in our own state allow manufacturers to connect with students, talk about the technically sophisticated, high-paying jobs in their sector, and showcase the critical role of the manufacturing sector in the state’s economy. Additionally, Connecticut’s technical schools and community colleges are planning several events and programs over the course of the month.

This is an exciting time for Connecticut, which just became one of only two dozen regions designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as members of the Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership (IMCP) initiative, a program that will leverage economic development funding for workforce, supply chain, and innovation, and will give Connecticut aerospace and shipbuilding companies a competitive advantage for federal funding.

Among the CONNSTEP clients and manufacturing partners holding open house events on Manufacturing Day are Associated Spring – Barnes Group, Bauer, Dymotek (at its Ellington location), Marion Manufacturing, Pegasus, Sikorsky, and Birken. The month-long observation will also feature an array of events and discussions, driven by Connecticut. Dream It. Do It., including:

  • Manufacturing Mania! for 200 middle school students in Bristol
  • Making it Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit in Groton, where female manufacturing leaders will hold round table sessions with more than 150 middle school and high school girls from Connecticut and Rhode Island
  • Student Day at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, a division of United Technologies Corporation

Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. brings together a coalition of business and trade associations, educational institutions, economic development and workforce organizations, and manufacturers from throughout the state to focus on enhancing Connecticut’s manufacturing workforce and the industry. Founded on existing partnerships and a strong commitment to the growth of manufacturing statewide, Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. addresses a high priority among manufacturers—creating the next generation of skilled workers.

“We’re thrilled to support so many activities that will expose students to our state’s manufacturing sector,” said Catherine Smith, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). “This is a great example of far-reaching collaboration between many resources, while also shining a light on the importance of manufacturing throughout the U.S. through our MEP center in Connecticut and many other partners,” she added.

The following weblinks will bring you to the companies and organizations that are involved in this observation:

Manufacturing Day national website

Connecticut “Dream It. Do It.”

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

Connecticut manufacturing open houses

The CT Manufacturing Innovation Fund

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