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Connecticut Manufacturing

Manufacturing is part of our DNA in Connecticut. From the time of Sam and Elizabeth Colt—who developed a community around manufacturing and an apprenticeship program that would eventually spawn the typewriter, the automobile and ultimately the jet engine—Connecticut has been on the forefront of innovation, technology and advanced manufacturing.

From East Hartford to Barkhamsted, the First Congressional District is proud to boast some of the world’s leading manufacturers that employee thousands of residents while also helping to drive our economy. While these industries are here to stay, it is crucial to our economy that they continue employing Connecticut residents.

Larson tours Sterling Sintered Technologies in Winsted, CT.
Rep. Larson tours Sterling Sintered Technologies in Winsted, CT.

Today, there are thousands of unfilled manufacturing jobs across the state, a number expected to rise as a generation exits the workforce. Rep. Larson is working to bring our manufacturers, government and academia together to develop new ways to ensure Connecticut has the workforce of the future. As part of that effort, Rep. Larson announced a new partnership between Goodwin College, local manufacturers, and government that will help our newest generation of manufacturers and machinists enter these successful industries.

Manufacturers and machinists are the foundation of some of the biggest industries in Connecticut. Rep. Larson is committed to supporting our manufacturers and the jobs that come, not only from the manufacturers, but also the service jobs that they create.


More on Connecticut Manufacturing

January 11, 2017 Press Release
Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) and Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) made the following statement today after it was announced that ten new Marine Corps F-35 fighter jets were deployed to Japan
September 26, 2016 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) announced a $7.4 million contract between the United States Army and Barkhamsted’s Tru-Hitch, Inc. The contract will procure the reset or repair of up to 90 Fifth Wheel Towing Recovery Devices and 90 Tilt Deck Recovery Trailers, which are used to recover military vehicles that have been damaged in the field.

September 21, 2016 Press Release
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson and the CT delegation commended Lockheed for securing Sikorsky's presence in Connecticut.
September 14, 2016 Press Release
Hartford, CT – Rep John B. Larson joined Sens. Murphy and Blumenthal in applauding a major $2.7 million DOE grant for UTRC.
September 14, 2016 Page
For over a century, the Hartford area has been home to some of our nation’s greatest innovators and inventers. Whether it’s giants like Pratt & Whitney or the vital ecosystem of small & medium size manufacturers, our community continues to prosper because of new ideas and historic breakthroughs.
August 18, 2016 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) toured East Hartford's ATI High Performance Components Group.
August 8, 2016 Press Release

Glastonbury, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) toured Glastonbury’s Flanagan Industries, a family-owned business that produces complex cases and machined components. Flanagan Industries is one of countless small manufacturers that play a pivotal role in the production of the F-35. This summer, Larson announced that the Department of Defense was awarding Pratt & Whitney a $1.5 billion contract for 99 engines to power the F-35, allowing Flanagan and other manufacturers to ramp-up their production.

August 2, 2016 Press Release

Washington - Today, the U.S. Air Force declared the F-35 has achieved Initial Operational Capability. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Co-Chair of the Joint Strike Fighter Caucus, released the following statement:

July 8, 2016 Press Release
Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Reps. Joe Courtney (CT-02) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) announced that the U.S. Department of Defense is awarding Pratt & Whitney a $1.5 billion contract for the 10th batch of low-rate initial production engines (LRIP 10) used to power the F-35 fighter jet.
May 10, 2016 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (D-CT) and Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) introduced the Research & Experimentation Advances Competitiveness at Home (REACH) Act.