Each month, we profile a Connecticut manufacturer, showcasing the ingenuity and innovation driving the state's economy. For February, we talked with Chris Ulbrich, CEO of family-owned Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals, based in North Haven.


Company name?

Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals, Inc.

Company location(s)?

Ulbrich has nine wholly owned subsidiaries located in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Austria.

Ulbrich process engineers on the shop floor
Shop floor: Process engineers at Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals' North Haven facility.

When was your company founded?

Ulbrich was established in 1924.

How many employees work for your company?

700-plus worldwide.

What products do you manufacture? Who are your customers?

Ulbrich is a high-precision, value-added processor of stainless steels, nickel alloys, titanium alloys, cobalt alloys, niobium, tantalum, and nitinol for a wide range of difficult-to-manufacture, niche-market applications such as aerospace jet engine seals, nuclear reactor fuel cages, heart pacemaker containers, PV ribbon, computer chip substrate, chemical processing tower components, automotive airbag burst disks, automotive oxygen sensors, and medical catheters.

What makes your company unique?

Our talented capable workforce is a perfect fit for our capabilities-driven business.

Why did you choose Connecticut?

We have been in business in Connecticut for almost 100 years. With its vast resources, available labor, and perfect location, Connecticut has always been an ideal place to be for Ulbrich and a great state to build and grow a business.

What is the greatest advantage to operating in Connecticut?

Our talented, capable workforce is a perfect fit for our capabilities-driven business.

Where do you see your company in five years? Ten years?

We will leverage our strengths and capabilities with our customers and continue to grow organically well into the future.

What’s the main policy lawmakers could implement to make your company more competitive?

Be more business-friendly and refrain from imposing added costs, unfunded mandates, and regulations which make Connecticut-based businesses uncompetitive on a national and global scale.

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