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Made in Connecticut

Made in Connecticut

Made in Connecticut is 3-year initiative by Connecticut Public Broadcasting that showcases innovative manufacturing companies in the state.

MADE IN CONNECTICUT: Silex Medical – Orchid Orthopedics

They say necessity is the mother of invention and that’s certainly the case with these two companies. Silex Medical and Woven Orthopedics make medical products used in surgery.

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MADE IN CONNECTICUT: Tucci Lumber

Pete Tucci was destined for the Major League until he broke his hand playing for the San Diego Padres farm team. His career in baseball…over. That is, until his wife bought him a lathe about 6 years later and he started making bats in his garage. 

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MADE IN CONNECTICUT: Barnes Group

The Barnes Group was founded in Bristol more than 150 years ago as a company that provided springs for hoopskirts. It then started making springs for the clock industry and over the years, supplied its springs to just about all of the latest technologies of the time.

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MADE IN CONNECTICUT: Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney has always been a trailblazer. The jet engine maker defied conventional wisdom with its air-cooled engine back in the 20s when its founder Frederick Rentschler believed he could create lighter, faster engines. 

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MADE IN CONNECTICUT: Oxford Performance Materials in South Windsor

What do airplane parts and skull implants have in common? Oxford Performance Materials uses 3-D printing technology to create cranial implants for people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

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MADE IN CONNECTICUT: Curtis Packaging in Sandy Hook

Connecticut is home to many traditional manufacturing companies that continue to stay competitive, despite global competition. Curtis Packaging in Sandy Hook has reinvented itself as a world leader in luxury packaging and environmental stewardship.

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MADE IN CONNECTICUT: Serverance Foods – Ola! Granola

Crunch Time! The recipe for success in Connecticut food manufacturing. Severance Foods in Hartford, a snack food company founded by three friends and Ola! Granola in Norwalk, started by a mother of three.

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MADE IN CONNECTICUT: Protein Sciences

Connecticut’s thriving bioscience industry, which includes large pharmaceutical companies and small start-ups, has been steadily growing for years. Protein Sciences in Meriden produces a game-changing flu vaccine that takes just weeks to mass produce to fight pandemics worldwide.

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Documentary Producer/Environmental Journalist