HARTFORD – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Monday that Eemax Inc. of Waterbury is this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” Founded in 1988 in Oxford, Connecticut, Eemax manufactures electric tankless water heaters for both commercial and residential applications. Their heaters provide 99 percent thermal energy efficiency, compared to the only 65% efficiency of traditional tank heaters. Eemax products can be found in airports, stadiums, laboratories, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities, among other places. Eemax is a subsidiary of Rheem Manufacturing.
At the end of 2012, Eemax moved from their Oxford location to a 56,000 square foot manufacturing, warehouse, and training facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The new building is twice the size of their former facility. In the last three years, Eemax has grown an average of 20 percent each year. Today, Eemax employs 91 workers out of their Waterbury facility.
“Eemax’s water heaters help save their customers water, energy and money. It’s no wonder their business has grown so much over the last several years,” said Murphy. “Whether they’re looking to hire more talented workers or meet the needs of new customers, my office is here to help them however we can.
Kathy Daudish, Vice President of Engineering & Operations at Eemax, said, “Waterbury, Connecticut is an excellent place to manufacture high quality technical content product. We are fortunate to have a talented work pool to pull from. The infrastructure of transportation, component supplies and technical resources allows for successful manufacturing operation.”
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.