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Photo of Senator Terry Gerratana.

STATE SENATOR

Terry Gerratana

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Celebrating Manufacturing Month in New Britain

Last week I was invited to Acme Monaco in New Britain with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty to kick off Manufacturing Month. Acme Monaco is a family-owned business that manufactures guidewires, orthodontic archforms, precision springs and other metal pieces needed for medical equipment. This business is one of the many manufacturers in Connecticut that offer great careers to state residents.

Congresswoman Esty and Senator Gerratana.

Every October we observe Manufacturing Month, during which people throughout Connecticut highlight the great quality of work and life afforded by a career in manufacturing. Manufacturing is no longer the dirty job that many people picture. Modern manufacturers use advanced equipment in clean, mechanized workplaces to do their jobs. These jobs require training and education and can pay very well.

If you or someone you know are interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing, there are a number of ways to get started. Younger students can enroll in one of Connecticut's technical high schools. High School graduates can pursue an education in the STEM (science, technology, education and math) fields for manufacturing at one of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Connecticut's community colleges. Additionally, the Connecticut Department of Labor offers apprenticeship programs that can help an aspiring manufacturer learn the skills they need and connect with potential employers.