Congressman Himes stops at Shelton's EAO Corporation

Congressman Jim Himes visited the new EAO Corp. headquarters in Shelton yesterday and met with the company’s employees and executive team to discuss the importance of creating jobs and strengthening Connecticut’s manufacturing sector.

Himes’ visit to EAO, a leading industrial switch and interface manufacturer, was part of his "17 Towns in 17 Days Tour" of the Fourth Congressional District.

“EAO Corp.’s decision to move its headquarters to Shelton has been a big win for the Fourth District and Connecticut’s economy,” Himes said. “EAO's highly-skilled employees and its new facility are proof that Connecticut has a vibrant, highly-specialized manufacturing sector in the Fourth District that is creating jobs and strengthening economic growth in our region."

EAO is in the field of human machine interface products, including switches, keypads, keyboards and controls for transportation, heavy duty equipment, and machinery.

EAO moved its North American headquarters from Milford to Shelton in January 2014. The new location more than doubled EAO’s engineering and manufacturing capacity.

'Enticing incentives'

“I am very pleased that Congressman Himes has taken the time to visit EAO Corp., tour the facility, and to see that manufacturing in Connecticut is alive and well,” said Lance A. Scott, president and CEO of the company. "It’s important to have the support from Congressman Himes and other political leaders to ensure that Connecticut remains a great place to conduct business."

“Like many businesses, EAO had a choice whether to stay in Connecticut or consider relocation to one of the many other states offering enticing incentives," Scott said. "Our decision to stay in Connecticut underscores our strategic decision to establish and enhance manufacturing capabilities here in the United States, and demonstrates our commitment to creating jobs, growth, and prosperity here in the state of Connecticut.”

EAO has global sales of more than $130 million and employs more than 600 people at its 12 wholly-owned subsidiaries and four production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.