NEW BRITAIN – U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has picked New Britain’s Winslow Automatics as this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” Winslow is a third-generation, family-run and veteran-owned manufacturer.
Founded in 1956 out of a 3,000-square-foot manufacturing space with just two machines, Winslow today makes precision engine details and components for both the civilian and military aircraft industries in a 75,000-square-foot, climate-controlled facility.
With the help of 63 Connecticut residents, the manufacturer serves the U.S. Department of Defense and major jet engine manufacturers located all over the world.
In an effort to address the shortage of skilled machinists and inspection personnel in Connecticut’s defense manufacturing industry, Winslow dedicates abundant time and money in training their employees and local students. It is currently investing more than $150,000 to train its employees on new tools, machines, and more efficient processes.
The company also works with trade schools and colleges, including Central Connecticut State University and Asnuntuck Community College, to provide internship opportunities and training to Connecticut manufacturing students and professors.
“Veteran-owned defense manufacturers like Winslow — who give their all to keep our service members safe and our workers on the job — deserve all the federal, state, and local support they need,” said Murphy. “That’s why, as Winslow celebrates their 60th anniversary in Connecticut, I will fight to ensure that the federal government partners with Connecticut manufacturers to protect our state’s defense industrial base and the brave men and women who keep us safe.”
“Winslow has almost 60 years of history in Connecticut. It is our birthplace and our home,” said J. George Podlasek, president of Winslow Automatics. “It would be hard to find a location with a greater diversity of manufacturing skills and expertise.”
The manufacturing industry plays a crucial role throughout Connecticut communities, creating new jobs and accelerating the state’s economic recovery. Today, Connecticut’s 4,602 manufacturers account for 10.2% 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.