NORTH HAVEN — Relocation comes at a price, with which state government in this instance was happy to abet.
C. Cowles & Co., the long-time New Haven manufacturer that announced in the spring its consolidation and move to North Haven later this year, received a $1.77 million loan from the State Bond Commission to help in the move of its six divisions to the 23-acre former Marlin Firearms factory.
Five of the company’s six divisions – Cowles Stamping (metal stamping for the automotive industry), Phillips/Moldex Co. (plastic injection molding), ABS Lighting (specialized beam lighting systems), Cowles Products Co. (trim products for the automotive industry) and Hydrolevel Co. (liquid level controls for boilers) – are based at its current New Haven facility, but the sixth, heating parts manufacturing Carlin Combustion Technology, is based in East Longmeadow, Mass.
Carlin is making the move to North Haven already to get up and running ahead of the cold weather months. The relocation brings 59 new workers to the state and retains the 116 already present; if those numbers hold, 50 percent of the $1.77 million state loan will be forgivable.
The company worked with state manufacturing agency the Connecticut State Technology Extension Program as well as with the University of New Haven to attract new workers, which are now being trained with the help of a $250,000 job training grant from the state’s Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD).
If gifts were given on annually on Manufacturing Day, Connecticut would likely ask for more jobs on its wish list.
This year’s National Manufacturing Day will be celebrated in Connecticut on October 3, with a variety of plant tours, demonstrations and events statewide. Manufacturing Day is a nation-wide initiative, now in its third year, to put a spotlight on manufacturers and address the challenges of the industry.
Of note presently are figures from Manufacturers News’ 2015 Connecticut Manufacturers Register show a loss of 1,894 jobs between June 2013 and June 2014.
According to the Manufacturing Day website, there are a number of events scheduled at Connecticut firms this October 3, though only one locally: Milford-based electronics component manufacturer Bead Industries will host a tour of its facility, followed by a presentation, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aerospace manufacturer Alcoa, which has a facility in Branford, will host a virtual tour of its Davenport, Ia. facility online for students from 1 to 2 p.m.
Other state participants include CNC Software of Tolland, which will host two tours and demonstrations; Glastonbury-based Conard Corp., which will give a presentation about photo etching in precision metal component manufacturing; injection molding manufacturer Dymotek Corp. will host tours of its Ellington facility and its newly opened Somers location.
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology in Hartford will also hold a private “Manufacturing Mania” event for students to get a hands-on crash course in product manufacturing.
There will be an estimated 1,500 manufacturing events taking place nationwide on October 3 this year, compared to 831 that took place a year ago.