NEW BRITAIN - U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., visited Winslow Automatics Friday afternoon to talk about the manufacturer and how the recently passed federal spending bill will impact it.
Winslow Automatics is a family-owned company that makes parts for the aerospace industry, including parts for Pratt and Whitney’s F135 engine, which powers the F-35 joint strike fighter.
Speaking to J. George Podlasek, Wendi Scata and Andy King of Winslow Automatics and Frank Alvarado from the federal Small Business Administration, Blumenthal discussed some of the pressing issues facing the manufacturer.
Podlasek said keeping workers at Winslow Automatics has been a huge problem for the company recently, with many moving on to Pratt & Whitney or General Electric to continue their careers.
“We do a lot of workforce development here, only to see it disappear and go somewhere else,” Podlasek said.
After a discussion with Winslow officials, Blumenthal took a tour of the facility. Blumenthal met employees and got a firsthand look at some of the company’s products.
Following the tour, Blumenthal briefly addressed the employees. saying their work is crucial to what the military can do, and manufacturers that supply the armed forces are just as important as the people who serve.
On Thursday, the Senate passed a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which includes $8.2 billion in funding for 74 joint strike fighters for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.
This funding will help support the defense manufacturing industry and the Connecticut manufacturers that contribute to it.
“They couldn’t do what they do without your hard work,” Blumenthal told employees.
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