Pratt and Whitney executive to speak about ramp-up in production, long-term agreements

Manufacturing is expected to grow at a faster pace than the U.S. economy this year, but how much of that growth can Connecticut expect?

Learn what the industry uptick means for Connecticut's supply chain, economy, and jobs on Friday, May 30, at the Made in Connecticut: 2014 Manufacturing Summit.

Made in Connecticut: 2014 Manufacturing Summit

Friday, May 30

8 am to noon

Crowne Plaza Cromwell

100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416

Danny Di Perna, senior vice president of engineering and operations at Pratt and Whitney, will give the keynote address on the aerospace industry in Connecticut.

He will be followed by featured speaker Colin Cooper, chief executive officer of Whitcraft Group, who will provide a small business outlook on the aerospace supply chain in Connecticut.

Dr. Kelli-Marie Vallieres, president and chief executive officer of Sound Manufacturing/Monster Power Equipment, Curt Cameron, president of Thomas Hooker Brewery Co., and Paul Marvel, assurance practice leader of McGladrey LLP, will explore manufacturing innovations in a panel discussion moderated by Jeffery White, partner of Robinson & Cole LLP.

Peter Gioia, vice president and economist for CBIA, will announce results of the 2014 Survey of Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Needs.

Breakout panels will focus on workforce challenges and tax planning for manufacturers.

Click here for a full agenda and list of speakers. This event is hosted by CBIA and sponsored by McGladrey LLP, Occams Resources, Robinson & Cole LLP, and Santander.

Media wishing to attend the Made in Connecticut: 2014 Manufacturing Summit should contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957;


CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. For more information, please contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957; or visit the CBIA Newsroom.