American Manufacturing Hall of Fame inducts new honorees

On Oct 6, the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame (AMHF) will induct five new companies into its Hall of Fame and present the 2016 Leadership Award. AMHF is a Housatonic Community College Foundation resource development project. The event takes place at the Trumbull Marriott Hotel in Trumbull and starts at 5:30 p.m.

The AMHF mission states, "The American Manufacturing Hall of Fame celebrates the innovative history of American manufacturing, raises funds for educational programs and promotes awareness of Advanced Manufacturing which is critical to the economy."

The AMHF contributes to scholarships at the Housatonic Community College Advanced Manufacturing Center through the HCC Foundation. A special speaker at the Oct. 6 event is Jermaine Burke, HCC alumnus of the Advanced Manufacturing Program. He was the winner of the 2016 HCC Outstanding Student Award and Academic Excellence Award. Burke is a Bridgeport resident and Bassick High School graduate. While a student at the HCC Advanced Manufacturing Center, he interned with Balding Precision, Inc. and upon graduation became a full-time employee with the company.

Jerry Clupper is the recipient of this year's AMHF Leadership Award which is presented to a member of the manufacturing community who has shown a commitment to workforce/economic development, advocated for manufacturers and has been a role model for those considering a career in STEAM.

Clupper is the Executive Director of the New Haven Manufacturers Association. He has had a long career as a metallurgist at Carpenter Steel in Bridgeport. During his tenure as head of NHMA he has been a voice for manufacturers and has fostered initiatives to keep manufacturing innovative and vibrant in the state.

2016 Inductees into the American Manufacturer's Hall of Fame:

Bead Industries, Milford , started in 1914 and was known for its bead chains.  It is now a leader in the telecom, automotive, connector and lighting industries.

Benedict & Burnham, Waterbury, started the brass industry in the U.S. in 1812.

Platt Bros. and Co, Waterbury, from about 1847 produced metal buttons, is now in diversified markets including lighting, communications, aerospace, sensing devices and others.

Cowles & Co., New Haven, opened in the early 1840s making lanterns for horse-drawn carriages, now into plastic injection molding, automotive accessories, boiler controls and other devices for the heating industry.

Chance Vought, builders of aircraft, has had a long association with Sikorsky and created the famous Corsair which downed 2,140 enemy aircraft during WWII. Now based in Penn., it has a location in Danbury.

To be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame, the company must have been active in the state for a period of time, must have been a recognized leader in their field for a number of years, must have exhibited manufacturing leadership and strong commitment to the community.

For more information about the Oct. 6 Induction Ceremony or the AMHF, contact Dan Wisneski 203-209-3172,; Emily Hyde,; or Kimberly Wood, 203-332-5098,