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Connecticut's manufacturing industry is a combination of both traditional and advanced manufacturing. The state boasts a highly skilled workforce and proximity to large markets. The state government is actively promoting initiatives to support manufacturing, such as workforce development programs, incentives for innovation and technology adoption, and partnerships with industry stakeholders. However, despite these efforts, the industry's employment has decreased by 2,400 positions since February 2020 due to persistent worker shortages. By 2030, the state's chief manufacturing officer aims to achieve full employment in the manufacturing sector and plans to implement a workforce development plan, a robust workforce growth plan, and a workforce innovation plan to drive innovation.

The manufacturing sector in our region includes companies that specialize in producing precision instruments for medical and aerospace industries, security systems, specialty chemicals, and fixtures in metals, plastics, and other materials. These companies use various technologies and processes, including additive manufacturing, 3D printing, stamping, and machine tooling.

Milestones & Accomplishments

  • MATCH teaches manufacturing by manufacturing.  Every business activity at the MATCH factory is an educational opportunity that includes sales, production planning, technical support, and accounting. Skilled workers will leave MATCH proven to be ready for work in manufacturing. The program is specifically designed to cater to the needs of various individuals, including women, high school graduates entering the workforce, unemployed New Haven residents, New Haven residents of color, and re-entry residents. It also offers assistance in financial literacy, housing, and energy, as well as career-building services to enhance employability.
  • BYK North America, a chemical and instrument manufacturer and subsidiary of BYK based in Wesel, Germany, has committed to expanding its Wallingford headquarters to become its largest facility globally.
  • Connecticut-based electronics maker Amphenol is set to acquire Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, with an expected gain of 6,000 workers.
  • In 2023, A&M Bronx Bakery acquired a 42,500 sq ft site in North Haven. A&M has been in business since 1945 and will relocate to the new site from Mt. Vernon, NY. The site will serve as the company’s headquarters and bakery operation center and house 60-90 jobs.
  • Athletic Brewing represents 19% of the domestic nonalcoholic beer market, making it the top nonalcoholic beer brand in the country." according to CNBC.
  • Connecticut is the only state with a Chief Manufacturing Officer, and due to its commitment to manufacturing, other states across the country (including Washington) consider CT a leadership model.
  • The state aims to increase manufacturing employment to 235,000 by 2033 and manufacturing annual gross domestic production to reach 20% by 2029, according to Connecticut’s Manufacturing Strategic Plan for 2023.
  • Roehm, a German manufacturer of specialty chemicals, announced a 15,000 sq. ft. Innovation Center near its existing production facility in Wallingford.
  • Bausch+Ströbel Machine Company has opened a new state-of-the-art, 55,000 sq.ft. manufacturing facility in Branford and doubled its workforce in Connecticut to 60 employees since 2019.