Manufacturing is not only a major part of Connecticut’s heritage; it remains a powerful source of economic activity in the state. This week, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers announced the formation of a Manufacturing Caucus in the legislature to make sure public policy promotes the vitality and value of manufacturing in the state.

Making the announcement, Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. Gary LeBeau (D-East Hartford) said the group will “provide resources so that the legislature can learn about the challenges and opportunities facing Connecticut’s various manufacturing sectors.”

He said the group aims to “examine every bill that we see through the lens of its impact on manufacturing.”

The effort is also an outgrowth of discussions within a National Governors’ Association working group examining advanced manufacturing in Connecticut.

Among those joining LeBeau at the announcement were caucus co-chairs Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford Springs), Rep. Zeke Zalaski (D-Southington), Rep. Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford), and LeBeau's Commerce Committee co-chair Rep. Jeffrey Berger (D-Waterbury).

Manufacturing in Connecticut looks very different today than it did for generations. Over many years, a dramatic transformation has taken place that has made Connecticut manufacturers more sophisticated, productive, innovative and agile than ever before.  

Now, significant global changes are presenting new economic opportunity to states able to successfully combine a skilled workforce, research and development capability, and technology-driven manufacturing production.

The bipartisan manufacturing caucus should help efforts to increase Connecticut’s competitiveness for manufacturing to take advantage of those opportunities.

For more information, contact CBIA’s Bonnie Stewart at 860.244.1925 or bonnie.stewart@cbia.com.