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Move result in loss of Connecticut manufacturing jobs

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

C Products Defense is transitioning jobs, a move that will result in the loss of Connecticut manufacturing jobs.

The company has moved its manufacturing operation and distribution arm from Connecticut to Manatee County where the company plans to add 100 employees in the next five years, according to Sharon Hillstrom, interim
executive director of the Manatee Economic Development Council (EDC).

The move means Florida manufacturing jobs will be added.

C Products Defense (CPD) uses robotic welding units to manufacture ammunition magazines for law enforcement, military and U.S. rifle manufacturers.

The Manatee Board of County Commissioners approved $100,000 in performance-based incentives for CPD. To qualify for the incentives, the company must hire 100 employees over the next five years at an average wage that is 15 percent higher than the county average.

The county’s rapid response permitting program expedited CPD’s move to an existing 19,600-square-foot facility in south Manatee County. CPD’s sister company, LCJ Wholesale (http://www.lcjwholesalestore.com/), also has located in Manatee County and will distribute CPD’s magazines along with other manufacturers’ products.

“The state has proven its commitment to manufacturers moving to Florida, where the advantages for expansion and growth are exceptional. The state and Manatee County understand the importance of manufacturing companies locating in Florida,” said CPD President Larry Panka, Sr.

Two members of the existing management team have relocated from Connecticut, but other positions will be filled locally. CPD will hire 15 employees in Manatee County this year and 35 more in 2012. New jobs will range from assembly to management.

Job candidates may inquire via email to jwalls@suncoastworkforce.org. LCJ Wholesale also will add employees over time, Panka said. Both businesses give hiring preference to military veterans.

The company’s continuing investment in robotic welding units represents “a commitment to quality and our corporate goal to remain the leader in the industry,” said Panka. CPD plans to become ISO certified within the next few months.

“C Products Defense’s precision manufacturing business is a welcome addition to the defense and homeland security industry sector that already thrives in Manatee County,” Hillstrom said. “The company’s growth and commitment to sourcing its production needs within Florida will stimulate opportunities for local suppliers, which should lead to even more job creation.”

The EDC assisted the company in site selection and applying for economic development incentives. The EDC also worked with county government on facility permitting and connected CPD to Suncoast Workforce for employee recruitment and training resources.

“The EDC helped us with employee training, site selection, the many incentive programs, shortening the interview process for new hires, and much more,” Panka said. “The EDC and Suncoast Workforce personnel have made our move here seamless.”

Panka also credited Community Bank & Company for understanding CPD’s business and facilitating financing for the relocation.

“The C Products Defense project demonstrates how performance-based incentives through Manatee County Government can accelerate job creation in our community,” said Ed Hunzeker, Manatee County administrator. A list of Manatee County’s economic development incentives is available at www.mymanatee.org/econ_dev.

Gun Plant Closes; Connecticut Manufacturing Jobs Lost

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Marlin Firearms Co., a 140-year-old company which made a gun that was a favorite of Annie Oakley, is closing its Connecticut plan, a move that will cost Connecticut manufacturing jobs.

According to the AP, workers at the plant in North Haven say they’ve been told all 265 employees will lose their jobs.

Jessica Kallam, a spokeswoman with Madison, N.C.’s Remington Arms Co. Inc., which owns Marlin, said the Connecticut plant will close by June 2011 and employees would be offered severance and help finding jobs. She said Marlin is relocating its manufacturing operations to an undetermined site.


Manufacturing Jobs in Connecticut Threatened by Outsourcing

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

According to Charles Zien, the president of United Tool and Die in West Hartford, thousands of manufacturing jobs in Connecticut are at risk if the Pentagon considers outsourcing Boeing to French manufacturer Airbus.

In a blog on the Hartford Courant.com, Zien states, Connecticut’s defense industry might not be the jobs engine it once was, but Pratt & Whitney, Electric Boat and Sikorsky and hundreds of smaller suppliers remain a critical part of our economic mix.

In fact, Zien says, our continued reliance on the defense industry demands that we keep an eye on the Pentagon’s procurement decisions and how they affect our state. Case in point: the controversial competition between America’s Boeing Corp. and Europe’s Airbus to build a new airborne refueling tanker for the Air Force.


CT Manufacturing Jobs See Fewer Losses

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Fewer manufacturing jobs in the State of Connecticut have been lost during recent years. This is good news for anyone who has, or is looking for, a CT manufacturing job.

Manufacturers’ News, Inc. has reported that Connecticut lost 1.3 percent of its manufacturing jobs from 2007 to 2008, a decrease from the 3 percent of jobs that were lost from 2006 to 2007. The state is home to 5,820 manufacturers that employ 221,973 workers.

“As with the entire nation, the recession continues to affect Connecticut’s industrial sector,” President Tom Dubin said. “However the state’s educated workforce and strong exports should help lay the groundwork for recovery.”


Manufacturing Jobs in Connecticut Get Funding

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Investment in three companies will help create several manufacturing jobs in Connecticut.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently announced that the Connecticut Development Authority will offer $1.18 million in loans to help three Hartford area companies create and retain jobs through expanded business operations.

According to an article by the Hartford Business Journal Online, the three companies are:



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