From The New Britain Herald, Serving New Britain, Conn., and surrounding areas
U.S. Rep. Esty tours Peter Paul Electronics in New Britain
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 11:00 PM EDT
By SCOTT WHIPPLE
NEW BRITAIN — Zach Perkins, a CNC operator for Peter Paul Electronics, is the kind of young manufacturing worker
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, if she had the power, would like to replicate.
Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Esty, D-5th District, completed her tours to manufacturers in her district with a visit to Peter Paul
Electronics on John Downey Drive. A premier manufacturer of solenoid valves used in a diverse array of industries,
Peter Paul’s worldwide markets include energy, medical, pharmaceutical, bio-tech, industrial automation, automotive,
food, construction, infrastructure and agricultural. The company, founded by the Mangiafico family, employs nearly 150
people in its city headquarters.
During a plant tour in which Peter Paul executives showcased the benefits of its lean manufacturing process, Esty
chatted with machine operators, including Perkins. He showed her how he takes raw material and turns it into a finished
“We can do everything in one shot,” he told Esty. “It’s faster and there isn’t a lot of product sitting around.”
A sophomore at Central Connecticut State University, Perkins is studying manufacturing and engineering.
Esty said on her tour she has been answering questions about sequestration and observing what manufacturers in her
district are working on.
“I’m very interested in the work-force development challenges we face here in central Connecticut,” Esty said,
“especially the partnerships companies are engaged in like Peter Paul with CCSU.
Esty praised Peter Paul for “recruiting people like Zach [Perkins], training them and empowering them to look for ways to
improve their products and processes. Observing these practices enable me to be more effective in Washington,
advancing federal policies that are supportive of companies like Peter Paul.”
Two weeks ago, Esty voted for a budget that focuses on critical manufacturing allocations for research and
development, energy efficiency, clean energy and advanced manufacturing technologies.
In February, Esty began her series of tours by visiting Jonal Laboratories, Inc. in Meriden and Ward Leonard Electric Co,
Inc. in Thomaston.
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