U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) visited Prestige Industrial Finishing Co., a small business that does painting and power coating for the military and aerospace industries, including Sikorsky. The business was built on its longstanding relationships with both Sikorsky and their suppliers, and they rely heavily on military and government jobs.
Sen. Murphy joined President/CEO Michele Proto and Vice President Jim Osso and toured the company and hosted a town hall with its 30 employees to hear about the importance of Sikorsky’s presence in the state. Murphy, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about his work to advocate for federal investment in Connecticut’s defense manufacturing.
The manufacturing industry plays a crucial role throughout Connecticut communities, creating new jobs and accelerating our state’s economic recovery. Today, Connecticut’s 4,600 manufacturers account for 10% of the state’s jobs and 87% of the state’s total exports. In order to protect and grow manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, Murphy has introduced two pieces of legislation that aim to strengthen existing standards and prioritize the purchase of American-made goods, the 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act.