Key Takeaway from Marcum’s Manufacturing Forum: State of Connecticut’s 4IR Push to Lead

As the CEO of Horberg Industries, a leading precision manufacturer based in Connecticut, I have been closely monitoring the state’s strategic plan to spearhead the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Understanding how the transformative impact of Industry 4.0 technologies has on our own operations, I am thrilled and energized by Connecticut’s commitment to developing talent, fostering a climate for growth, and boosting productivity through the adoption of industrial automation and artificial intelligence (AI).

Governor Ned Lamont’s recent statement reinforces the state’s dedication to advanced manufacturing:

“Connecticut’s manufacturers are the backbone of our economy, and we are dedicated to providing them with the resources and support they need to thrive in the age of Industry 4.0. By investing in our workforce, fostering innovation, and facilitating the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, we are positioning Connecticut as a global leader in advanced manufacturing.”

Industrial Automation and AI Among Leading Connecticut Manufacturers

At Horberg Industries, we have firsthand experience with the profound impact of new technology and industrial automation to drive efficiency, quality, and innovation. We are constantly assessing ways to deploy advanced robotics, machine learning, and data analytics to streamline our operations, optimize production processes, and improve quality.

Connecticut’s Chief Manufacturing Officer, Paul Lavoie, underscores the importance of these technologies:

“Industrial automation and AI are not just buzzwords; they are essential tools for our manufacturers to remain competitive in the global marketplace. By automating repetitive tasks, leveraging predictive maintenance, and harnessing the power of data-driven insights, our manufacturers can increase productivity, reduce costs, and deliver higher-quality products to their customers.”

Building Capabilities for Speed and Scale

I am particularly encouraged by Connecticut’s proactive approach to building the necessary capabilities for manufacturers to successfully adopt industrial automation. The state’s investments in workforce development, digital infrastructure, and collaborative ecosystems align perfectly with our own strategic initiatives at Horberg Industries. We recognize the critical importance of having a skilled workforce, robust digital infrastructure, and strong partnerships to support our transition to Industry 4.0.

Redefining the Leading Edge of Manufacturing

As Horberg Industries and other Connecticut manufacturers embrace industrial automation and AI, I am confident that we are redefining the leading edge of manufacturing. The development of innovative products and services, and the building of sustainable competitive advantages are all testaments to the transformative power of these technologies.

Paul Lavoie’s words resonate strongly with my own beliefs:

“The adoption of industrial automation and AI is not just about technology; it’s about a fundamental shift in how we think about manufacturing. It’s about creating a culture of continuous improvement, innovation, and collaboration that will drive growth and prosperity for our state and our nation.”

Connecticut’s strategic focus on the Fourth Industrial Revolution serves as a shining example for other states and regions. By embracing the potential of industrial automation and AI, Connecticut is not only positioning itself as a leader in advanced manufacturing but also ensuring a prosperous future for its workers, businesses, and communities. As the CEO of Horberg Industries, I am excited to be part of this transformation and look forward to the positive impact it will have on our company, our industry, and our state in the years to come.

Bob Leety
CEO Horberg Industries

Photo: Paul S. Lavoie, Chief Manufacturing Officer, State of Connecticut (L), with Bob Leety, CEO, Horberg Industries (R)


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