Cham­ber hosts an­nual man­u­fac­tur­ing sum­mit

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TOR­RING­TON — North­west Con­necti­cut’s Cham­ber of Com­merce held its an­nual Man­u­fac­tur­ing Sum­mit March 28 at the Tor­ring­ton Coun­try Club. The break­fast meet­ing fo­cused on em­ploy­ment and train­ing needs of lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers, a topic that is of­ten brought up at the cham­ber’s Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ Coali­tion meet­ings, mem­bers said.

The event fea­tured key­note speak­ers Com­mis­sioner Scott Jack­son of the Con­necti­cut Depart­ment of La­bor and Todd Berch, the di­rec­tor of ap­pren­tice­ship for the Con­necti­cut Depart­ment of La­bor.

Jack­son spoke about the many pro­grams through the state that of­fer train­ing and fi­nan­cial sup­port for hir­ing of new em­ploy­ees and the ease of ap­ply­ing for fund­ing. He also noted that Litch­field County has the high­est num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in the pro­grams that are avail­able to man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Berch gave more in­for­ma­tion about the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram and the ben­e­fit to com­pa­nies. Michael Stim­son, of CONNSTEP Inc., one of the spon­sors of the sum­mit, pro­vided the crowd in­for­ma­tion about their busi­ness and the dif­fer­ent con­sult­ing ser­vices they of­fer for man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The event also in­cluded a panel fo­cused on work­force train­ing and hir­ing needs. Pan­elists were Cathy Awwad, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, North­west Re­gional Work­force In­vest­ment Board; Michelle Caffe, busi­ness ser­vices spe­cial­ist, Con­necti­cut Depart­ment of La­bor; Matt Koehler, plant man­ager, BD; Alain Mal­colm, ju­nior buyer, Al­tek Elec­tronic; and Larry Pomer­leau, man­u­fac­tur­ing depart­ment head, Oliver Wol­cott Tech­ni­cal High School.

The panel was mod­er­ated by Lance Boyn­ton, chair­man of the North­west Con­necti­cut Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ Coali­tion and owner of Lean Six Sigma Con­sult­ing. The sum­mit was spon­sored by CONNSTEP Inc. and the North­west Re­gional Work­force In­vest­ment Board.

The Cham­ber of Com­merce of North­west Con­necti­cut Inc. is the old­est busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion in the North­west Cor­ner. In­cor­po­rated in 1901, the cham­ber is a 501(c)6 non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion funded by the mem­ber­ship in­vest­ment of its 750 mem­bers and af­fil­i­ates as well as its pro­grams and ini­tia­tives.

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