Touting his plans to bring good-paying jobs to central Connecticut, State Senate Candidate Rob Michalik participated in a tour of local manufacturing companies on Thursday, Oct. 10. Michalik invited U.S. Senator Chris Murphy along for the tour.
At their first stop, Plainville’s Modern Woodcraft, a 40-year-old locally owned business that employs nearly 65 workers in high end mill work, a press release from his campaign said Michalik spoke of the need to make it easier for small businesses to thrive in Connecticut.
The release quoted Michalik, “When I am in the state Senate I will take steps to cut red tape and eliminate unnecessary regulations that prevent businesses from growing. Additionally, by partnering with our community colleges and trade schools, we can offer targeted and specialized job training programs that meet the needs of Connecticut manufacturers – ensuring that we have a workforce that is highly skilled and productive.”
Later, the release said, Michalik and Sen. Murphy visited Springfield Spring in Bristol. The business manufactures springs, wire forms, stampings and light assemblies. The release said Michalik noted that Connecticut could learn from Springfield Spring’s use of Open Book Management whereby the company’s financial information and yearly business plan is developed and shared with all employees. Key financial information and financial operating ratios are carefully defined, measured, and intensely managed by all employees to produce positive and sustainable results.
“Innovative companies like Springfield Spring are the future of manufacturing in Connecticut,” said Michalik, according to the news release from election campaign. “We need to support them with prudent incentives that will allow them to remain competitive, win new business, and create jobs.”
“I was pleased to join Rob on this tour,” said Murphy, according to Michalik’s press release. “With his background in economic development at both the state and federal level, he is exactly what this district needs in its next state senator. You could see that at Springfield Spring, where Rob agreed to put the company in touch with some of his contacts at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development in an effort to help them with some upcoming expansion plans.”
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