NMC Members & Community Partner News

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.


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.

Live Presentation: Protecting Your Intellectual Property in a Collaborative Supply Chain (May 16, New London)

April 15, 2023 

Join us for our LIVE Thames River Working Group Meeting in New London, CT from 10:00 - 11:30 am on May 19th. We will send you details for the location upon registration so we don't exceed capacity. The location is a beautiful state park with plenty of parking!

This month's meeting features a presentation on Protecting Your Intellectual Property in a Collaborative Supply Chain by John Cordani (Partner, Co-Chair Intellectual Property + Technology), Kyle Hepner (Counsel), and David Leibovitch (Counsel) of Robinson + Cole


Intellectual property can be the lifeblood of advanced manufacturing. And in a diverse and collaborative supply chain, protecting your IP is critical. Members of Robinson & Cole LLP’s Intellectual Property & Technology Group will present on strategies and best practices for practically maintaining your proprietary and competitive advantages in the supply ecosystem. These will include: teaming agreements, joint development agreements, NDAs, trade-secrets, patents, and co-branding and licensing.

Who should attend?

In-House Counsel, Executives/CEOs, Heads of Innovation, Engineers, Sales & Marketing.

We invite all regular attendees of the working group to bring a guest this month! Share this with the folks you know in the above roles so we get the information into the right hands!


Congratulations to Element 119, Small Business Administration New England Region's 2023 Exporter of the Year

We'd like to send a HUGE congratulations to NMC Member Element 119 on their achievement of being recognized at the Small Business Administration's New England Region 2023 Exporter of the Year. Element 119 has been an active member with the NMC since last April. We've enjoyed getting to know them and learn more about what they are doing. 

Element 119 produces the industry-leading System X® line of ceramic-composite nano coatings, primarily for the automotive, aerospace, and marine markets. Thin, durable, and ultra-slick, our coatings offer outstanding protection against corrosion, erosion, UV rays, moisture, dirt, abrasion, and more. They bond on a molecular level with the paintwork of your vehicle. In addition to quality off-the-shelf products, Element 119 creates custom solutions for clients large and small, including Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. military. In fact, the company got its start in 2010 by solving a difficult problem for Sikorsky Aircraft.

Founder and head formulator Andrew Zeppa developed a groundbreaking coating that withstands temperatures to 1000ºF to prevent paint fouling around helicopter exhaust ports. Where competitors’ solutions melted off during the first flight, Zeppa’s coating exceeded expectations. It became the foundation of the System X line that is known and respected throughout the industry to this day.

Read the SBA's press release here.

Watch this video overviewing their System X ceramic coating. 


Become a CT Manufacturing Ambassador Today!

CT Manufacturing Ambassador

The future of manufacturing is now! From circuit boards to space suits, candy to chocolate, life-saving defibrillators to personal care used each and every day—the best things are made right here in Connecticut. Our great state is home to some of the top manufacturers not only in the United States, but the entire world! And you have the opportunity to be a voice for them and this growing industry!

When you become a CT Manufacturing Ambassador, you get access to resources right from the start, including:

  • Monthly webinars
  • Supports and resources
  • Connection and networking

Apply now to become a CT Manufacturing Ambassador!

Apply today.

Calling All CT Manufacturers: Register in CONNEX Connecticut by March 31 for Free National Access

CONNEX Connecticut—the manufacturing supply chain portal is officially open for registration

Sign-up for FREE and use Promo Code "CTFF" to receive lifetime access to the national database.*

CONNEX—designed to strengthen Connecticut’s manufacturing ecosystem—connects U.S. manufacturers and suppliers into a single platform.

Through CONNEX, manufacturers, suppliers, and buyers can post and respond to needs, visualize supply chain risk, and search for qualified manufacturers.

CONNEX also makes it easy to find new contract opportunities and will notify you of new jobs for which you are uniquely qualified and have a good chance of being considered.

*The Connecticut database is funded by the Manufacturing Innovation Fund from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and offered at no cost to CT manufacturers.

This launch also comes with a special offer for lifetime access to the national database—worth $500 a year. Sign up and use promo code “CTFF” by March 31, 2023, for free lifetime access to the national database.

Register today.

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