Members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation today announced $1,027,489 for Rocky Hill's CONNSTEP, Inc. -- an organization that provides technical expertise and assistance to help small and mid-sized Connecticut manufacturers grow their businesses and hire workers.
"Manufacturing has long been part of our DNA in Connecticut. With key federal support, programs like CONNSTEP are working to help small manufacturers compete and succeed," the members said in a joint statement. "At this critical moment in our economic recovery, programs like this serve as a model for the creative and effective solutions required to put Americans back to work."
The funds, which will be allocated over the next year, were awarded to CONNSTEP by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST awarded the funds through its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) -- a nationwide network providing a variety of services, such as process improvements and innovation strategies, to small and medium-sized manufacturers throughout the country. MEP, with a field staff of technical experts in each state, helps manufacturers solve manufacturing challenges, identify new opportunities for growth, create new products, and reach new customers.