MANCHESTER-Empire Industries has been named this weekâ€™s â€śMurphyâ€™s Monday Manufacturerâ€ť by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy.
The Manchester-based company is a fourth-generation, family-operated manufacturer of piping products â€“ like pipe hangers and support, strut and strut accessories â€“ for the residential, commercial and industrial piping markets.
In addition, the business also manufactures metal stamping products for the hardware and architectural industry, and specialty parts for the marine, automotive and sporting goods industries.
Empire Industries is committed to producing â€śMade in the USAâ€ť products, and offers piping products that meet Buy American law requirements.
The Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by congress and requires the United States government to prefer U.S. made products in its purchases. Last year Murphy introduced the BuyAmerican.gov Act to establish a centralized online hub to increase transparency and ensure federal agencies prioritize the purchase of American-made goods.
â€śTheyâ€™re one of many Connecticut manufacturers who rely on strong Buy American laws to help them stay in business - thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m fighting so hard to make sure that the government spends taxpayer money on companies here in America,â€ť Murphy said.
Empire Industries has 89 employees and has operated out of Connecticut since it was founded 75 years ago.
Their products have been used in many high-profile jobs for companies such as Facebook, Google, Mercedes, Tesla, BMW, Chobani, Electric Boat and Boeing as well as at the athletic facilities of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings.
Most recently, Empire Industries completed work at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Fort Bragg.
â€śBeing one of the only family-owned companies left in our small but vital industry, we measure success by providing quality USA-made product and a client-centered service experience to our vendors and nation-wide customer base. We are able to do this by fostering a collaborative work environment where every employee benefits from our success along with our local community here in Manchester,â€ť Pete Schauster, executive vice president and national sales manager for the company, said.
He added, â€śWe have always, and will continue to stay true to our small, family-owned roots; our customers and employees depend on it.â€ť