Murphy's weekly manufacturer: United Steel is state's top manufacturer

Published on Monday, 26 June 2017 21:39
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

HARTFORD - United Steel of East Hartford was chosen as “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer” by Sen. Chris Murphy on June 19.

Each Monday, Murphy picks a different Connecticut company to promote manufacturing in the state.

United Steel was founded in 1974 out of a small garage and since then has grown to be the largest fabricator and erector of structural steel and other metals in New England.

The company also manufactures unique metal structures for railings, grand stairways, radial stairs and fireproof columns.

“The team at United Steel is hard at work, making sure developers and construction companies across New England have the materials they need to keep business growing,” said Murphy. “We’ve seen Ken and his family grow United Steel into the booming manufacturing company it is today, and I’m here to keep them however I can.”

Many of the products created our used by architects, general contractors, design-build firms and construction managers in the region.

Some of the private and public organizations United Steel has built structures for include the University of New Haven, Bass Pro Shops, the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, Lego, Mohegan Sun, the VA Medical Center in West Haven and the Air National Guard in East Granby.

The company employs 208 workers and also tries to recruit family members of existing employees to fill vacant positions.

United Steel has received a Top Workplace award from the Hartford Courant for the last three years and the Hartford Business Journal’s 2015 Family Business Award.

Founder and President, Ken Corneau, said, “In our 40-plus year history, United Steel has changed the skylines in many cities in Connecticut and across New England. Of all our successes, I am most proud of our 200-plus employees. We have a couple of families who have 2-3 members who work at United Steel, and we have a lot of longevity on our team. United Steel considers safety our top priority, and we strive to make positive impact in our communities. We take both endeavors very seriously.”

Connecticut’s 4,600 manufacturers accounts for 10 percent of the state’s jobs and 87 percent of the state’s total exports. Murphy has introduced two pieces of legislation to protect, grow and prioritize the purchase of American-made goods-the 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act.

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Manufacturing on Monday, 26 June 2017 21:39. Updated: Monday, 26 June 2017 21:41.