October is Manufacturing Month and the City of Bristol’s Bristol Development Authority hosted business tours with elected officials this past week to highlight the robust manufacturing community growing in Bristol.
On Wednesday, former Secretary of the State and current Lieutenant Governor candidate Susan Bysiewicz and State Rep. Chris Ziogas (D-79) visited Winchester Industrial Controls, a company that recently relocated to Bristol to take advantage of new space for a much needed expansion. Owner Phil Roy described how the company specializes in the design, fabrication and electrical installation of integrated control systems for a wide range of industrial and commercial applications including conveyor systems.
On Friday, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy visited Novo Precision on Dolphin Drive, as well as the second building they recently purchased next door, where there are plans to create divisions within Novo and increase capacity, employees, and product development. Owner Bill Hazard, his employees and some of his Board members outlined how Novo is growing and are an international supplier of precision components for the medical, firearms, aerospace, and appliance industries.
“Both Winchester and Novo have received Economic Development grants from the City to grow their businesses here,” stated Economic Development Director Justin Malley. “We are excited about some of the cutting edge technology that is happening here, as well as the stories we hear about companies discovering vendors for their own needs among their Bristol manufacturing neighbors. With our partnership with the Chamber, the technical education programs and others, I think this is going to be one of our fastest growing jobs sectors.”
“Bristol has a proud manufacturing history and it seems that this is transitioning once again into a high tech employment opportunity that young people can and should pursue as a career,” stated Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. “The traditional thought that those who don’t go to college should go work in a factory no longer applies. These companies that I visit are using technology with a heavy emphasis on math and science. I saw a graduate of Bristol Tech cutting a micron a few months ago, as well as a young woman being trained to do post-manufacturing quality assurance after going through the Bristol Adult Education Women in Manufacturing program.