CBIA BizCast host Ali Warshavsky speaks with Connecticut’s first chief manufacturing officer Colin Cooper, who is retiring from the role. 

CBIA, affiliates CONNSTEP and ReadyCT, and the Connecticut Manufacturers' Collaborative championed the need for the position, which the legislature created in 2019.

The former CEO of the Whitcraft group took office just months before COVID-19 shut down the state. 

Cooper said his favorite part of the role was getting to tour the state and see the breadth and diversity of the state’s manufacturing sector. 

“There are so many companies that I have been to that I had never heard of before and I had spent my life in manufacturing,” said Cooper.

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Feb. 3 the appointment of industry veteran Paul Lavoie to succeed Cooper.

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