NMC Members & Community Partner News

SBIR/STTR Virtual Office Hours

Please see the below message from Michael Invernale of CTNext and the CT SBIR/STTR Consortium.

Join me, Michael A. Invernale, PhD, an entrepreneur and SBIR/STTR expert, this October as I host VIRTUAL office hours to advise small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking SBIR/STTR resources, training, and assistance.

This complimentary service is sponsored by CTNext, an organization that develops programs and funding to help businesses grow in Connecticut.

Book a virtual 20-minute appointment via the links below:

Check out the links below for more information on CTNext and how to become a part of their programs and utilize their resources:

If you have any questions or do not attend these institutions but would like to book a separate call to explore SBIR or CTNext, please reach out to me at [email protected].


Michael A. Invernale, PhD
SBIR/STTR FAST Consultant
[email protected]
860.258.7807

 

USS Groton Monument Fundraising Campaign

For more than 100 years Groton has been the Submarine Capital of the World. Here on the banks of the Thames River, hundreds of submarines have been built by the men and women of Electric Boat, the nation’s first submarine base was established, and hundreds of thousands of submariners have been trained at Sub School. Yet no lasting monument exists to recognize the men and women who build, design, suppliers, support, operate and maintain the United States Navy’s submarines.

The USS Groton Sail Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization focused on building a lasting public monument to celebrate our region’s contribution to our nation’s defense. The centerpiece of the monument will be the USS Groton’s sail and rudder, which will serve as a permanent tribute to the Navy’s submarine community, past, present and future.

Dedicated to the men and women who design, build, operate, and maintain submarines and the families and communities who support them.

USS Groton Monument

The monument will be located right outside the Groton Public Library. Kent + Frost Landscape Architects have designed an environmentally conscious earthen berm in the true size and shape of a submarine. Its centerpiece will be the USS Groton’s sail and rudder. The monument will feature a design plaza, family garden, community connection walk, and an underway plaza with a memorial walkway and historical storyboards. This monument will provide a place for celebration, an educational backdrop to the evolution of the submarine industry and submarine service.

The USS Groton Sail Foundation is now raising $2 million to build the monument. The foundation has raised close to $500,000 in funding from grants, donations and corporate support and is engaging people throughout our nation to participate in this important endeavor. To learn more about the monument or to purchase a paver, a memorial tree or simply make a donation please visit www.GrotonSail.com

 

Munger Construction Recognized as Top 100 Metal Builder in North America

Pat Munger Newsletter
June 16, 2023

Pat Munger Construction Company, Inc., is thrilled to announce its recent recognition as one of the Top 100 North American Metal Builders by Metal Construction News. This honor highlights the company’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and industry leadership.

The annual Top 100 Metal Builder list compiled by Metal Construction News, recognizes the premier North American metal builders in two categories and Connecticut’s own Munger Construction ranks 95th in square footage [86,795 sq. ft.] and 75th in steel tonnage [609 tons].

Commenting on this achievement, David DeMaio, President of Munger Construction, expressed pride in the company’s success stating "We are proud to be ranked among the top metal builders in North America. This achievement is a testament to Munger's goal of exceeding client needs for design flexibility and affordable building solutions. By taking full advantage of Varco Pruden's comprehensive services and product line we are able to deliver high-quality projects to our metal building customers."

Read more.
 

Pietro Rosa Group and CCAT sign international partnership agreement

Press Release from CCAT
June 20, 2023

Today at the Paris Air Show, Governor Lamont announced that Pietro Rosa TBM (PRTBM) and New England Airfoil Products (NEAP) have entered into an international partnership agreement with CCAT to accelerate the adoption of additional key manufacturing technologies within the Pietro Rosa TBM Group. The PRTBM group recognizes CCAT as a world leader in applied technology, with a training center that validates, demonstrates, and assists with the adoption of leading-edge technologies into the workplace. CCAT identifies PRTBM and NEAP as a global technology innovation leader with 135 years of committed excellence serving multiple industry sectors.

This partnership focuses on technical experts and complementary resources based on four pillars: manufacturing, quality, workforce development, and funding. Collaboration on innovative programs for joint projects enhances manufacturing efficiency, promotes significant new industrial technologies to maximize cost efficient enhanced output to support manufacturing needs driving growth in the industry sector.

Mauro Fioretti, President and CEO of the PRTBM Group noted, “Prior to this formal Partnership Agreement the potential for this relationship has already been proven, with the successful collaboration between Third Wave Systems and NEAP, facilitated by CCAT. Connecticut has validated itself to be the prime location for our growth in the defense and civil aerospace sectors. This partnership with CCAT will be a further catalyst for our continued growth.”

“The formation of this partnership comes at a critical time, recognizing the urgent need to accelerate the adoption of smart manufacturing technologies, processes and practices,” said Ron Angelo, President and CEO of CCAT. “Along with a technology focus comes the need to train the existing workforce to fully utilize the capabilities of advancing technologies and the application of stimulus capital to help lessen the financial burden on SMEs.”

This partnership provides the platform to implement these technologies, push the boundaries of innovation and the art of the possible. By working together, PRTBM, NEAP and CCAT will continue to solidify their positions as leaders in their respective fields.

About Pietro Rosa TBM
Pietro Rosa TBM is a leading international manufacturer of compressor airfoils and mission-critical components in the energy, aerospace, oil & gas and marine markets. The group invests heavily in R&D and innovation and has built up its intellectual property in hot forming, machining, and surface finishing technologies through a solid collaboration with universities and research centers globally. Pietro Rosa TBM has plants in Europe and the USA. Media Contact for PRTBM: [email protected]

About CCAT
CCAT, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 and headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., is a dynamic and innovative applied technology organization that leads regional and national partnerships that assist global industrial companies and the manufacturing supply chain across industry sectors in driving advancements, efficiencies, and the adoption of leading-edge technologies. Media Contact for CCAT: Denise Gordon: [email protected]

 

June 12, 2023

Media Contact:
Cierra Patrick, Economic Development Manager
860-446-4066 | [email protected]

 City of Groton reveals “Groton City — History in the Making” brand

Message reflects the city’s historic past while recognizing its potential for the future

CITY OF GROTON, Conn. — With the support of the City Council, as well as input from residents and business leaders, has launched an economic development and lifestyle brand: “Groton City — History in the Making.”

“As our community celebrates 120 years of incorporation as a borough and is on the cusp of marking 60 years of incorporation as a City, it is an ideal time to reveal a brand that highlights Groton City as a distinct community,” shares Mayor Keith Hedrick. “We thank all those involved for helping to select a brand that recognizes both our rich history and an exciting future.”

Please see the attached press release for full details.

Groton City New Messaging

About the City of Groton
The City of Groton is a subdivision of the Town of Groton and is located along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut. The community was incorporated as the Borough of Groton, an independent municipality, in 1903 and renamed City of Groton in 1964. The City of Groton is home to a diverse mix of businesses, parks, historic sites, and educational institutions, including General Dynamics Electric Boat, Pfizer, University of Connecticut Avery Point, Eastern Point Beach, and Fort Griswold State Park. For more information on the City of Groton, visit cityofgroton.com.

Groton history in making press release.pdf

 

MIF Manufacturing Engineering Internship Program: Learn How You Can Qualify for Possible Funding 

May 16, 2023

Companies of all sizes and industries hire interns to gain valuable support for their business and existing employees. MIF Engineering Internship Program allows Connecticut manufacturers to invest in their own future success, and build connections with diverse talent interested in working in Connecticut manufacturing. 

All Connecticut manufacturers can participate in the MIF Internship Program, open to college interns in any role, from any major. Events and Tours will be held around CT to help them gain insights, and exposure to CT Manufacturing, starting with 6/5 Orientation kickoff at Trumpf in Farmington.

Companies with less than 300 employees can apply for a matching wage subsidy grant and receive up to $7,000 for up to two qualified engineering interns for summer 2023 work.

LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP YOUR INTERNS FAST!
 

Register Today! FORGE Connecticut Launch Party and Pitch Contest - June 5th

May 1, 2023

Forge Launch Party Graphic

Join Forge Connecticut as they celebrate their expansion into Connecticut with a fun afternoon of networking, startup demonstrations, and a pitch competition with up to $15K in prizes!

Everyone in CT’s innovation ecosystem is invited – startup companies, suppliers, manufacturers, startup ecosystem organizations, and investors.

Paul Lavoie, Connecticut’s chief manufacturing officer, will deliver a keynote.

As part of the festivities, Forge Connecticut is offering startups the chance to win $15K in product development grant prize money. An expert panel of judges will award prizes to the five startups we select for a pitch competition. More startups will have tabletop demonstrations, with a chance to win an audience choice award. Pitch and demo applications will be open from May 5th-19th.

Come engage with the FORGE startup, supplier, and investor community, learn about emerging technologies in CT, and explore potential partnerships. CT’s ecosystem is already thriving and there’s so much potential for more.

Mark your calendars for June 5th from 2pm-5pm. They're excited to celebrate with you!

Reserve your spot today.
 
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