BRISTOL - State Rep. Whit Betts, R-Bristol, and state Sen. Henri Martin, R-Bristol, recently spent time touring local manufacturers DaCruz Manufacturing and Patriot Manufacturing.
The legislators had the opportunity to speak with company administrators at length about manufacturing in Connecticut and specifically, employment needs for a highly skilled workforce. The lawmakers also discussed how the legislature can be helpful to support manufacturing companies like DaCruz and Patriot, and the state manufacturing industry.
“Connecticut’s rich history is rooted in manufacturing as both an important part of the economy and of our communities,” said Betts, who is a member of the legislature’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee. “Manufacturing companies like DaCruz Manufacturing and Patriot Manufacturing have been local employers of our residents for decades, and have been contributing members of the greater Bristol community and economy. I will continue my support for policies which expand manufacturing training and recruitment in the field, in order to meet the employment demands of our local and statewide manufacturers for a skilled workforce.”
Martin also acknowledged his long-standing support for local manufacturing.
“We are fortunate that Bristol is home to so many manufacturing businesses that serve as major employers for our residents,” said Martin. “In order to grow our manufacturing base, I will continue to support legislation that reduces the tax burden and unnecessary government regulations. I also will support proposals to increase technology training in our public schools and recruitment of students to manufacturing fields. We need to let students know there are alternatives to college that can place them in highly-skilled, well-paying careers.”
According to the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, more than one-half of the top 100 companies headquartered in Connecticut are manufacturing firms.