WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Monday that Bead Industries in Milford is this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” Bead Industries, founded in 1914 and employing 48 people, is a fifth generation family-owned business that specializes in the manufacturing of contact pins for connector, automotive, medical and specialty lighting industries. Bead does work for companies like Amphenol, Molex, Lee Company, and Light Sources. All of their products are manufactured in their Milford and Cheshire facilities using a process called swaging, an alternative to machining and stamping, which allows the company to be quick, custom, and cost-effective.

“For over a century, Bead Industries has been a pioneer in the metal-working process. Bead has found innovative ways to stay competitive with the changing times over the last hundred years. I’m proud to highlight their work and applaud their commitment to training the next generation of Connecticut manufacturers. My office is here to help in anyway it can,” said Murphy.

“As a Connecticut manufacturer who has been through depressions, recessions, and industrial revolutions, we have had to learn to adapt. We have an opportunity to provide not just a paycheck but a fulfilling career in manufacturing through assistance with education, training, and personal growth,” said Jill Mayer, CEO of Bead Industries.

Bead Industries remains active in communities across Connecticut as a member of the New Haven Manufacturers Association, and hosts tours every year on Manufacturing Day to promote manufacturing careers to students across the state. Bead has remained competitive by reinvented itself over its 104 year history in response to changing technology and custom needs.

The manufacturing industry plays a crucial role throughout Connecticut communities, creating new jobs and accelerating the state’s economic recovery. Today, Connecticut’s thousands of 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.