CBIA and CONNSTEP introduce this first annual Connecticut Manufacturing Report as a comprehensive resource for manufacturers, economic development professionals, government officials, educators, parents, students, and state residents.

Connecticut is home to world-class manufacturing companies and an unmatched workforce—they are the reason the state is a global leader in innovation, research and development, and productivity.

Manufacturing has a rich legacy in Connecticut, one marked by ingenuity and innovation. This is where Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, Charles Goodyear rolled out the first rubber tire, and Igor Sikorsky gave flight to the helicopter.

While many of the challenges have changed, that spirit remains today.

The report reviews the current state of manufacturing in Connecticut, exploring the outlook for the next year, growth factors, key initiatives, hiring and investment trends, and the impact of state and federal government policies.

The findings are drawn from several surveys of almost 1,000 Connecticut manufacturing leaders—conducted in January/February, June/July, and September of this year—by CBIA and the Connecticut Manufacturers' Collaborative.

This report integrates those survey results, with additional research data and interviews with key manufacturing leaders conducted in August and September of this year.

The 2019 Connecticut Manufacturing Report provides valuable insights for policymakers and all stakeholders working toward building a stronger more sustainable manufacturing sector.