Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair to Connect Area Manufacturers with Qualified Talent

MANCHESTER, Conn., May 2, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 9:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Army Navy Club, 1090 Main Street Manchester.

Manufacturers in Connecticut 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. Source: National Association of Manufacturers – Feb. 2015

"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. Source: The Connecticut Economic Digest, Vol. 20, No.4.

"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.

About CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates bold, new ideas for designing and implementing applied technologies, IT strategies, STEM education, career development, and energy solutions. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations to succeed. Learn more at, or follow CCAT on Twitter - @CCATInc.

About Capital Workforce Partners

Capital Workforce Partners is a regional workforce investment board serving 37 municipalities in North Central Connecticut. The board coordinates comprehensive programs for job seekers and employers, and its mission is to leverage public and private resources to produce skilled workers for a competitive regional economy. For more information about Capital Workforce Partners, visit

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CONTACT: Karen Jarmon, CCAT 860.282.4211 kjarmon@ccat.usSource:Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc.