Senator Kelly Joins Bipartisan Manufacturing Caucus at State Capitol

May 4, 2012
State Senator Kevin Kelly during a 2011 visit to Bridgeport Fittings, a manufacturer of conduits, fittings and other hardware.

State Senator Kevin Kelly during a 2011 visit to Bridgeport Fittings, a manufacturer of conduits, fittings and other hardware.

Hartford – State Senator Kevin C. Kelly (R-21) announced his participation in a newly formed bipartisan group which will educate lawmakers on the value of manufacturing in the state.

“We all agree that manufacturing jobs offer working families a living wage and good benefits,” said Senator Kevin Kelly. “We must work together to ensure that manufacturing not only remains in our state but thrives. This caucus will provide the necessary focus to encourage future growth in the manufacturing sector of our state.”

Members of the “Manufacturing Caucus” will meet regularly to discuss the consequences that new legislation may have on manufacturing and job creation.

According to the state Department of Labor, Connecticut has lost 50,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector during the last decade accounting for about 419 jobs lost each month. The average salary for a manufacturing job is $74,000 per year.

“I look forward to working together on this all-too-important issue,” continued Senator Kelly. “The Greater Bridgeport and Naugatuck Valley regions are home to some of the most skilled workers in our state who stand to benefit from these efforts.”

The Connecticut Industrial Energy Consumers has also reported that manufacturing contributed $25.9 billion to the gross state product and accounts for about 11.4 percent of the state’s total employment.

The group held a press conference to announce its formation on Wednesday, May 2nd.