The 2021 Connecticut Manufacturing Report, produced by CBIA and affiliates CONNSTEP and ReadyCT—and made possible this year through the generous support of RSM—reviews the state of the sector, examines the impact of state and federal policies, and explores the outlook for the next 12 months, including growth factors, legislative priorities, and hiring and investment trends.

It also captures how the state’s manufacturing community is navigating coronavirus pandemic disruptions, transitioning from what essentially was a survival phase to pursuing growth opportunities.

While this report reflects overall cautious optimism among manufacturing leaders, the recovery has only just begun. The takeaways and policy recommendations highlighted here provide critical insights into the state of manufacturing in Connecticut, and offer a pathway to help the industry grow back better and stronger than before.

The information and data shared in this report came from multiple sources, including a comprehensive August 4-September 8 CBIA survey of Connecticut manufacturers, numerous state and federal agencies, and interviews with private and public sector manufacturing leaders and officials.