HARTFORD – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Monday that Danbury’s Bedoukian Research, Inc. (BRI) – a family-run manufacturer of flavor and fragrance ingredients and synthetic organics – is this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” Dr. Paul Bedoukian founded the manufacturing company in Danbury’s Commerce Park in 1972. Today, his son Dr. Robert Bedoukian, leads the company with the help of his two sons Matt and David. BRI employs approximately 80 people – more than half of whom are chemists – and offers more than 500 Aroma Chemicals and Insect Pheromones to customers worldwide in the flavor, fragrance, agricultural, and specialty chemical industries. BRI has also recently started researching novel insect repellents. BRI is a key supplier of specialty ingredients for flavors and fragrances around the world, with export sales accounting for over 60 percent of BRI’s total revenues. 

BRI employees are proud to volunteer with their local food pantry, donate resources and funding to non-profit organizations such as Ability Beyond, and help endow the “Bedoukian Chair for Innovation and Research” at Western Connecticut Health Network. BRI also sponsored the development of a perfume called Ardent Rose for the Guilford-based nonprofit Roses for Autism. Proceeds from the sale of Ardent Rose help provide scholarships and career-training programs to individuals with autism.

“While growing their business and making sales to multinational companies around the world, the Bedoukian family has stayed committed to their Connecticut workers and hometown community. The entire company’s support for local nonprofits and charities goes a long way,” said Murphy. “Congrats to the team on 45 years in the business.”

Dr. Robert Bedoukian, President of Bedoukian Research, Inc., said, “We take tremendous pride in having supported Connecticut with our manufacturing facility in Danbury for over 40 years.  Our recent expansion in Danbury allows us to continue to provide and support jobs in CT.  Our proximity to our customer base in the tristate area allows us to maintain a face-to-face relationship with our customers. In addition, we very much enjoy our involvement with the many fine non-profit organizations in the area. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with our community.”  

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.