HARTFORD — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced Monday that The Carlyle Johnson Machine Company LLC of Bolton is this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” Carlyle Johnson manufactures industrial clutches, brakes and power transmission systems for the aerospace, agriculture, communications, food processing, medical equipment, military, and power generation industries. Since Carlyle Johnson was founded in 1903, the manufacturer has sold over one million products.

Carlyle Johnson’s 43 employees work out of a 41,500 square foot facility and operate under ISO 9001 and AS9001C quality standards. Last year, the Bolton manufacturer won a $2.64 million federal contract from the U.S. Army’s Defense Logistics Agency for vehicular power transmission components. Their products are used in a wide range of applications – such as in medical robots, aircraft flight controls, military transportation, and more. Specifically, Carlyle Johnson products have been used by Walt Disney Imagineering in rides, Naval Undersea Warfare Center in periscope drive systems, and by NASA in space. Carlyle Johnson works with the University of Connecticut’s Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster, which provides research, development, and other business resources to small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies in rural Tolland, Windham, and New London counties. 

“The Carlyle Johnson Machine Company has been a Connecticut institution for 115 years,” said Murphy. “From amusement park rides to military jets, their products are put to the test every single day on a wide range of projects. I’ll keep fighting in Washington to bring back as many federal contracts and as much work for Connecticut manufacturers as I can.” 

Michael E. Gamache, President of The Carlyle Johnson Machine Company LLC, said, “As one of the last independent designers, developers and manufacturers of electromagnetic clutches and brakes we must remain at the technological forefront in order to be competitive. The State of Connecticut has assisted us in this endeavor with help from the University of Connecticut and local colleges. The experienced engineering staff and professors at UCONN offer knowledge in many areas of subject matter, and the students offer new ways of developing solutions with the latest available technical tools. This knowledge base would not normally be available within small companies such as ours. We have great products that solve problems in various markets across world thanks to the State of Connecticut.”

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 BuyAmerican.gov Act and the American Jobs Matter Act.