COLCHESTER - Meredith Ritz Shay, CEO of InCord, said that while it has been difficult to get qualified workers in the manufacturing industry, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is playing a big role in changing that.
By recognizing manufacturers on a weekly basis, and by speaking to Connecticut workers about the importance of filling the manufacturing jobs in the area, Murphy has helped the communities to become more knowledgeable about manufacturing.
“In times when Buy America is a challenge, Senator Murphy listened to us at InCord to find better ways for manufacturers like ours to operate in a global economy,” Shay said.
InCord has its headquarters at 226 Upton Road. It has production facilities in Colchester and Oakdale, and warehouses in Norwich. The family-owned company specializes in safety net solutions and was founded in 1995 by Ed Ritz and Robert Martin.
Murphy recently recognized the company as one of his Murphy’s Monday Manufacturers.
Some of the markets served by InCord are sports, theater, construction, environmental, amusement, and material handling. Webbing, rope, polyester debris liner, knotless and knotted nylon, knotted polyester and polyethylene liner are some of the materials used at the company.
InCord’s top customers include PlayCore, Frazier Industries, US Cargo Control, Keeper Goals, and Jiffy Lube.
InCord has a division called “InCord Play,” which is dedicated to crafting outdoor products in a play environment. The division offers fabrication, design, survey, and installation services.
“InCord represents the very best in manufacturing that Connecticut has to offer,” Murphy said.
In addition to recognizing the company for its manufacturing services, Murphy praised InCord for contributing to community and industry related charities. The business also exposes students from higher education institutions, high schools and technical schools to the diversity of skills needed in the industry. These students are mentored through industry programs and internships.
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