HARTFORD – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Monday that Empire Industries of Manchester is this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” Empire Industries is a fourth-generation, family-operated manufacturer of piping products – such as pipe hangers and support, strut, and strut accessories – for the residential, commercial, and industrial piping markets. The Manchester business also manufactures metal stamping products for the hardware and architectural industry, and specialty parts for the marine, automotive, and sporting goods industries. Empire Industries has 89 employees and has operated out of Connecticut since it was founded 75 years ago. 

Empire Industries is committed to producing “Made in the USA” products, and offers piping products that meet Buy American law requirements. Empire Industries’ products have been used in many high-profile jobs for companies like Facebook, Google, Mercedes, Tesla, BMW, Chobani, Electric Boat, and Boeing, and at the athletic facilities of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and the Minnesota Vikings. Most recently, Empire Industries completed work at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Fort Bragg.  

“Empire Industries’ fourth-generation commitment to Made in the USA makes them a driving force in American manufacturing. They’re one of many Connecticut manufacturers who rely on strong Buy American laws to help them stay in business - that's why I’m fighting so hard to make sure that the government spends taxpayer money on companies here in America,” said Murphy.

Pete Schauster, Executive V.P. & National Sales Manager, said, “Being one of the only family-owned companies left in our small but vital industry, we measure success by providing quality USA-made product and a client-centered service experience to our vendors and nation-wide customer base.  We are able to do this by fostering a collaborative work environment where every employee benefits from our success along with our local community here in Manchester.  We have always, and will continue to stay true to our small, family-owned roots; our customers and employees depend on it.”

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 Act and the American Jobs Matter Act.