State Rep. Christie Carpino and State Sen. Art Linares on Sept. 6 hosted a roundtable discussion with local business owners to discuss the challenges faced by manufacturers in Connecticut.
The meeting, which was held at Chester-based Roto Frank of America, Inc., brought together area job creators with the goal of crafting and improving the state’s business climate.
“It was a productive meeting and a great turnout,” Rep. Carpino said. “We want business leaders throughout our districts to know they have partners at the State Capitol who will fight to pass policies which grow jobs and make our state a more attractive place to do business. We heard real-life examples of some detrimental state legislation that hinders job creation and growth. This is unacceptable! We look forward to future meetings like this where we can continue to exchange ideas.”
“We view these manufacturers – and all taxpayers – as our customers,” Sen. Linares said. “We want them to know that their voices matter and that they will be heard in Hartford. Whatever Rep. Carpino and I can do to help respond to their needs, we will do.”
Among the business leaders in attendance were:
- Chris Dimou, President of Chester-based Roto Frank, Inc.
- Chip Merritt, CEO of Colchester-based InCord, Ltd
- Andrew J. Gibson, CEO of Chester-based AeroCision
- Robert Reynolds, Co-CEO and Chief Operating Officer at Portland-based Standard-Knapp Inc.
- Kelli-Marie Vallieres, President/CEO at Old Saybrook-based Sound Manufacturing, Inc./Monster Power Equipment
- Rick Puglielli, President at Portland-based Promold Plastics