WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced Aldine Metal Products in New Milford is this week's "Murphy's Monday Manufacturer." Aldine specializes in custom precision sheet metal fabrication for various parts, including cabinets, consoles, racks, carts and other components. Aldine was founded in 1938 by Robert Blessey in Brooklyn, New York, primarily manufacturing products for the military procurement industry. By 1955, the company outgrew its Brooklyn office and moved to Brookfield before settling in its current location in New Milford. 

Aldine’s high-tech computer and laser-driven technology has the capability to manufacturer any metal parts, like precision laser cutting, spot welding, short run stamping and assembly, to meet the needs of their customers. Aldine routinely works with Naugatuck Valley Community College apprenticeship program to train the next generation of manufacturers in Connecticut. Some of the students in the apprenticeship program have gone on to become members of their team. Aldine is currently working with CONNSTEP, Connecticut’s premier business consulting firms for manufacturers, to become ISO certified by the end of the year. The company is currently run by Robert’s grandson, Rodd, who serves as president and COO, and his father Richard, who is CEO. Aldine has 29 full time employees who work out of a 27,000 square foot facility in New Milford. 

“I want to thank Aldine for their commitment to Connecticut manufacturing and their tireless workforce. For over 80 years, they’ve adapted with the times to produce quality products to maintain success in the state. I’m happy to highlight their work,” said Murphy.   

“Aldine Metal Products has been proud to partner with companies in Connecticut and the Northeast region to produce high quality products that help our customers grow. The quality of our team, investment in new equipment, and additional operating and support facilities have allowed for continued growth in the state. We look forward to continuing this growth in 2019 and beyond!” said Rodd Blessey – President and COO of Aldine Metal Products. 

The manufacturing industry plays a crucial role throughout Connecticut communities, creating new jobs and accelerating the 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