Blumenthal talks about future of local manufacturers

Published on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:03
Written by Karla Santos


BERLIN -- U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal toured Tighitco Inc., and learned about the company’s strengths and the challenges they are currently facing: employee retention.

Blumenthal said that through the National Defense Authorization Act, which came out Monday and it is named after John McCain, there will be billions of dollars in additional work for suppliers and contractors in Connecticut.

Investing more in training will help with the employee retention issue that manufacturers such as Tighitco are facing, Blumenthal said. He added that most of these suppliers currently have openings and anticipated opportunities.

The new act also supports the importance of troops using superior equipment. For companies such as Tighitco, the Act is important because it will allow them to hire more trained employees for their coming up projects.

The company started in 1972 as Ellcott Manufacturing in Vernon. Tighitco is located at 245 Old Brickyard Lane, and it currently serves as an employer to 100 to 125 people.

The 100, 000 square foot Berlin facility manufactures composite parts, shelves, assemblies, walls, cords, doors, and ceilings for the aero space industry.

“We make composite detail that is light weight but very unique and very strong,” Nancy Castorina, sales manager at Tighitco, said.

Castorina, led the tour, and Blumenthal, along with Tighitco employees and Chris Olenoski from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation joined the discussion.

“We are very excited about your visit here,” Castorina said.

Tighitco is Sikorsky’s 2018 supplier of the year, but the company also works with Kaman Aerospace Corporation, along with other companies.

For helicopters specifically, the company works on exhaust systems, floors, doors, walls, shelve assemblies, instrument panels, bearings, covers, and more.

“The goal of our product is to be able to keep it light but keep it strong,” Castorina said.

Metal to metal bonding, graphite and its derivatives, fiber glass, Kevlar, honey comb, and aluminum honey comb are some of the materials used to make the parts at Tighitco.

The company has a unique feature that allows aluminum to go through for corrosion resistance.

“Because of environmental hazards many companies ran out of that business, but we decided when we moved here that we wanted to keep that footprint,” Castorina said.

In addition to the materials used, something identifies their company is diversity, Castorina said.

“When you walk through our facilities you’ll see just about every type of person that exists in the world today,” Castorina added.

The company has a “Design-Build-Low Cost Manufacturing” approach that allows them to provide complete solutions to technical challenges.

To learn more about Tighitco visit .

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:03. Updated: Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:05.