HARTFORD – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Monday that Stencil Ease International LLC of Old Saybrook is this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer. Founded in 1980, Stencil Ease designs and manufactures stencils. They offer custom stencils; industrial stencils for parking lots, airports, or military use; stencils of numbers and alphabets; and decorative stencils, and are the largest specialty stencil manufacturing company in the United States. Stencil Ease uses laser-cutting technology to produce the stencils, and offers an unlimited selection of designs, materials, sizes, and customizable options.
With the help of 24 Connecticut employees, Stencil Ease serves a long list of renowned customers, including Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. military, the National Guard, NASA, Apple, Google, Amazon, John F. International Kennedy Airport, Boston Logan International Airport, the New York City Fire Department, Netflix, various hotel chains, and hundreds of municipalities, school districts, and universities around the country. Several years ago, Stencil Ease received a grant through the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Small Business Express program. The grant helped Stencil Ease support 11 Connecticut jobs.
“Stencil Ease is a Connecticut-grown manufacturing company that does business around the world,” said Murphy. “They have an impressive list of customers, and that’s a testament to the quality of their products. I’ll keep fighting for policies back in Washington that help Stencil Ease and the thousands of other Connecticut manufacturing companies continue to grow.”
Jim Randolph of Stencil Ease said, “Stencil Ease is proud of its heritage in Connecticut. We have 24 Connecticut based employees who are the lifeblood of our business. We appreciate the concern that Senator Murphy has shown to small manufacturers like ours and hope that his efforts will improve the environment for manufacturing and help us to remain competitive.”
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 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act.