U.S. Senator Chris Murphy has selected Budney Aerospace, Inc. of Berlin as this week's "Murphy's Monday Manufacturer." Budney Aerospace is a woman-owned manufacturer of complex aerospace components for the turbine engine industry. The manufacturer also operates an overhaul and repair division, and has been in aerospace manufacturing for over 50 years.
Over the last 10 years, Budney has doubled the size of its workforce and expanded the size of its Berlin facility twice. Today, Budney employs 190 workers, and is in the process of building a new facility in Berlin that will give the manufacturer an additional 10,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity.
Budney's major customers include Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, GE Aviation, and Pratt & Whitney Canada. Over the last several years, the Berlin manufacturer has negotiated long term agreements with aerospace engine manufacturers worth over $400 million.
Budney takes pride in their dedication to the Berlin community. They work with various Connecticut technical schools and universities to train students entering the state's manufacturing labor force, and sponsor the Berlin Police Department's K-9 Unit, Dive Team, and D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program. A member of Budney leadership serves on the 11-member advisory board of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development's Manufacturing Innovation Fund.
"For over fifty years, Budney Aerospace has employed hard-working Connecticut residents and built a reputation for supporting local students and the Berlin Police Department," Murphy said. "Congratulations to the entire team as they settle into their newly expanded facility this summer."
Emir Redzic, Managing Director of Budney Aerospace, Inc., said, "Being at the heart of the Aerospace Valley allows us to collaborate with world leading special process suppliers. We are also very happy to see the state step up with incentives for manufacturers."
The manufacturing industry plays a crucial role throughout Connecticut communities, creating new jobs and accelerating our state's economic recovery. Today, Connecticut's 4,600 manufacturers account for 10% of the state's jobs and 87% of the state's total exports. In order to protect and grow manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, Murphy has introduced two pieces of legislation that aim to strengthen existing standards and prioritize the purchase of American-made goods, the 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act.