HARTFORD, Conn. — "Manufacturing in Connecticut is dead!" That's a phrase that was heard for many years in and around the Nutmeg State. The word was that manufacturers were moving their operations offshore. However, a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau has demonstrated that manufacturing is again gaining a strong foothold, particularly in Hartford County. According to the report, Hartford County has a healthy 1,261 manufacturers employing a sizable 57,000 workers.
Don Klepper-Smith, chief economist of DataCore Partners, calls manufacturing the "primary engine of economic growth" in Connecticut, but adds that the issue is how to keep that engine firing on all economic cylinders.