Unlocking Growth Opportunities for Precision Manufacturers: Insights from the Connecticut Chief Manufacturing Officer

As a precision manufacturer based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Horberg Industries had the privilege of hosting ameeting with the State of Connecticut Chief Manufacturing Officer Paul Lavoie. The collaborative and insightful conversation focused on how small precision manufacturers can implement industrial automation, develop their workforce, and pursue growth strategies in today’s competitive landscape.

The meeting, which took place on May 9th, brought together industry leaders and experts to discuss the unique challenges faced by small precision manufacturers and the strategies that can be employed to overcome them. One of the key takeaways was the importance of embracing industrial automation to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve product quality.

While the concept of automation may seem intimidating, particularly for smaller business like Horberg Industries, the Chief Manufacturing Officer emphasized that there are scalable solutions available for manufacturers of all sizes. By starting small and focusing on specific processes or tasks that are well-suited for automation, manufacturers can gradually integrate these technologies into their operations and realize the benefits over time.

Another critical aspect discussed during the meeting was the role of people in the success of small precision manufacturing businesses. As automation becomes more prevalent, it is essential to invest in the development of a skilled workforce that can work alongside these technologies. This includes providing training and education opportunities for existing employees, as well as partnering with local schools and universities to attract new talent to the industry.

The Chief Manufacturing Officer also highlighted the various resources and support programs available to small manufacturers in Connecticut. From grants and tax incentives to technical assistance and networking opportunities, there are numerous ways for businesses like Horberg Industries to access the tools and expertise needed to succeed.

One particularly valuable resource mentioned was the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund (MIF), which provides funding for a range of initiatives aimed at supporting the growth and competitiveness of the state’s manufacturing sector. By leveraging programs like the MIF, small precision manufacturers can invest in the technologies, skills, and strategies needed to adapt and thrive in the face of industry challenges.

Throughout the meeting, the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing among industry stakeholders was arecurring theme. By working together and learning from one another, Connecticut manufacturers can identify best practices, avoid common pitfalls, and seize new opportunities for growth.

As a participant in this insightful gathering, Horberg Industries came away with a renewed sense of optimism and excitement about the future of precision manufacturing in Connecticut. By embracing industrial automation, investing in our people, and leveraging the resources and support available, we believe that we can position our business for long-term success and play a vital role in driving innovation and economic growth in our state.

We encourage our fellow precision manufacturers in the Aerospace Alley and throughout Connecticut to engage with the office of Paul Lavoie and take advantage of the many opportunities available to help our businesses thrive. Together, we can build a strong, resilient, and dynamic manufacturing sector that will benefit our companies, our employees, and our communities for years to come.

By Robert Leety.  For more information contact rleety@horberg.com

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