Manufacturing has been the backbone of Central Connecticut’s economy for over 200 years. Our manufacturing communities today include hundreds of businesses - some large and most small to medium-sized industries, many of which have fewer than 200 employees. They manufacture all sorts of things including custom furniture, springs, glass and matt cutters, jewelry, building products, alarms, wire and cables, aircraft components, locks, metal fasteners - the list is a long and very diverse.
The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce is focused on improving the business climate for area manufacturers. We continue to increase elected officials' knowledge of manufacturing's needs and problems and help provide a pool of good, skilled people willing to work in industry by providing tours of local industries with elected officials and field trips to area manufacturers to exhibit available employment opportunities for junior high and high school students.
Programs and Services
- New England Spring and Metal Stamping Association – Administered by the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, NESMA, in coordination with the Bristol Technical Education Center and our legislators, works to provide funding for the Association’s particular training needs, to encourage and assist students who express an interest in careers in manufacturing, and to provide springmaking internships.
- Workshops and Classes - These services are provided through State grants and private pay. Educators from Central Connecticut State University's Institute for Industrial and Engineering Technology, Lincoln College of New England, the Bristol Career Center of Tunxis Community College, and other professional instructors provide classroom training on a wide variety of subjects.
- ISO 9001:2000/9100/TS 16949 Certification - The Chamber, working with manufacturing engineer Rich Larkin and the State Labor Department, provides financial and instructional assistance to businesses seeking 9100, ISO 9001:2000, and TS 16949 certification.