HARTFORD - U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Monday that Accu-Rite Tool & Manufacturing Co., Inc. of Tolland is this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” Accu-Rite is a small business and family-owned manufacturer of precision-machined components for the aerospace and commercial industries. Stephen Gessay founded Accu-Rite in Windsor in 1988. Today, Christopher Gessay runs the manufacturing business out of an 8,500 square foot manufacturing facility in Tolland where he employs 16 workers.

Accu-Rite offers a range of processes, including CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) turning and milling, to many renowned aerospace and defense suppliers in Connecticut and nationwide. Accu-Rite uses state of the art technology to provide precision machining, and works with all metals, plastic, copper, bronze, titanium, magnesium, and castings. 

Accu-Rite partners with Windham Technical High School and Cheney Technical High School to offer students a work-based learning program. The manufacturer currently employs two juniors from Windham Tech and two seniors from Cheney Tech who are registered through the State of Connecticut Department of Labor Manufacturing Innovation Fund Apprenticeship Program. 

Accu-Rite is AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 accredited, and is certified under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Over the last six months, the Tolland company – with the help of the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund Voucher Program – has expanded their capacity by hiring six new employees and purchasing two new CNC machines.

“Accu-Rite is growing steadily, and they’re proof that manufacturing in Connecticut is alive and well,” said Murphy. “With so much new defense work coming to Connecticut, the only thing that can stop our state from adding thousands of new manufacturing jobs is not having the workers ready to take the jobs. I’m thrilled that Accu-Rite is working with students in Windham and Manchester to get them ready for careers in manufacturing.”

Christopher Gessay, Vice President of Accu-Rite Tool & Manufacturing, said, “We are so proud of to be part of the Connecticut manufacturing team. Accu-Rite is in the business to be the best solution for our customers. In the long term, if we do our part to meet our customer’s needs, Accu-Rite will continue to grow and be a critical component of the Connecticut manufacturing team. Our company is constantly working to meet the demands of our customers and we are willing to continue to invest in the infrastructure required to perform at the highest level expected in today’s industry. We want to thank Senator Murphy for recognizing Accu-Rite Tool and emphasizing the importance of all Connecticut manufactures.”

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.