Murphy marks one year of Monday Manufacturers

New Britain Herald

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is celebrating the first year of his weekly Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer series, which has saluted 48 Connecticut-based manufacturers for their innovation and commitment to staying in the state.

As part of his effort to protect and grow manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, Murphy has supported several initiatives to train the state’s advanced manufacturing workforce and to reform laws to increase exports and fight against unfair trade agreements. Murphy has introduced two manufacturing and Buy American bills — the 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act — and helped pass an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will strengthen standards and prioritize the purchase of American-manufactured goods.

“Connecticut’s manufacturers continue to reach new heights. They’re the best in the nation and they’re driving economic growth up and down the supply chain,” said Murphy. “I’m incredibly proud of everything they do, and I want all of Connecticut to know how lucky we are to have such a robust manufacturing base. Since I started this, I’ve highlighted 48 manufacturers around the state — from producers of tortilla chips and organ pipes to manufacturers of jet engine components and defense surveillance systems. I hope that my ‘Monday Manufacturer’ series brings well-deserved attention to these companies and the nearly 5,000 manufacturers across the state whose hard work drives Connecticut’s economy and supports thousands of local families.”

Murphy said the manufacturing industry plays a crucial role in Connecticut communities, creating new jobs and accelerating the state’s economic recovery. Connecticut’s 4,600 manufacturers account for 10.2 percent of the state’s jobs and 87 percent of the state’s exports.

“Connecticut has a deep and strong legacy in the manufacturing sector. It is a significant force that drives our economy, creates jobs and ensures the state’s and the nation’s position as an economic leader. I applaud Senator Murphy on his efforts to recognize Connecticut manufacturers and the importance of manufacturing to the state through the ‘Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer’,” said Elliot Ginsberg, president & CEO, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc.