Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair to connect area manufacturers with qualified talent

Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair to connect area manufacturers with qualified talent

State Senator Steve Cassano is partnering with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) and Capital Workforce Partners to host an Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair on May 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Army Navy Club, 1090 Main Street, Manchester, Conn.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, Connecticut manufacturers account for 11.17 percent of the total output in the state, employing 9.71 percent of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $27.83 billion in 2013. In addition, there were 164,200 manufacturing employees in Connecticut in 2014, with an average annual compensation of $95,671 in 2013.

“These are the types of long-term, well-paying jobs that have historically been the backbone of Connecticut’s economy, and that is why we are seeking to increase the manufacturing workforce here in the state,” says state Senator Stephen Cassano (D-Manchester).

There has been an uptick in manufacturing in the state in the last 8-10 months for work making jet engine components, gear parts, medical equipment and the like, and according to Patrick Flaherty, an economist at the Department of Labor, “that uptick could stick around.”

Connecticut manufacturers exported more than $15.94 billion in goods throughout the world in 2014 and 43% of those exports were related to aerospace.

“A significant portion of aerospace manufacturing takes place in North Central Connecticut,” says Elliot Ginsberg, President and CEO of CCAT. “To help ensure the region’s security and growth, we need to do more to promote programs that connect businesses with the people who are seeking career opportunities.”

“We need to get out in front of this forward momentum,” says Tom Phillips, President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners. “This momentum will only continue if production doesn’t slow down as a result of an inability to secure qualified workers. This career fair, and a myriad of training initiatives available are key to continued growth.”

Employers interested in participating in the job fair should contact: Lynn Raicik at CCAT at 860-282-4297 or

Job seekers should bring 20 copies of their resume.