Manufacturers Caucus: Working to Keep the Backbone of Job Creation Strong

May 2, 2012
Sen. Guglielmo during a 2011 visit to Whitcraft Manufacturing in Eastford.  They are an aerospace manufacturer.

Sen. Guglielmo during a 2011 visit to Whitcraft Manufacturing in Eastford. They are an aerospace manufacturer.

Hartford, CT – Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) Co-chair of the Manufacturers Caucus joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the State Capitol Wednesday to announce the formation of the new group.

“Manufacturing is in our DNA,” Sen. Guglielmo said. “Manufacturing is usually the first industry that shows indications when a recession is going to occur and it’s the first industry that can predict when a recession is over.”

According to the State Department of Labor (DOL), during the last decade Connecticut has lost 50,000 jobs in manufacturing about 419 jobs lost each month.

Sen. Guglielmo said, “Those jobs aren’t necessarily being replaced with employment opportunities of the same quality.” According to the DOL, individuals in the manufacturing industry earn an average salary of $74,000 a year.

According to a Connecticut Industrial Energy Consumers report, manufacturing contributed $25.9 billion to the gross state product and accounts for about 11.4 percent of the state’s total employment.

“This caucus will benefit the state in the long run,” said Sen. Guglielmo. “We will be able to study this industry and promote policies to help Connecticut manufacturers find trained and educated workers, operate on a level playing field with their competitor’s nation – and world wide, and obtain the capital they need to thrive.”

Representative Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford), Co-chair of the caucus added, “Our recoveries are much more rapid when we have a vibrant manufacturing industry.”

Sen. Gary LeBeau (D-East Hartford), Co-Chair of the caucus said manufacturing is making a comeback and we want to make sure that when manufacturing jobs return from overseas, they come back to Connecticut.