Region - posted Sep, 27 2012
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has officially proclaimed October as "Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Month," in honor of the state’s distinguished 200-year legacy of manufactured products that impact lives every day here and around the world. To kick off the month, “Manufacturing Mania,” a free event open to the public, will be held on Oct. 6 from 9 to 2 p.m. at the Governor William A. O’Neill State Armory in Hartford. Mania-goers will see up-close the great products produced with Connecticut ingenuity, including the UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) built NASA space suit, a Proton OnSite fuel-cell powered car, and a blade-turning model of a Kaman K-Max helicopter. There will be hands-on exhibits including Pratt & Whitney’s demonstration of how to make parts using computer-based 3-D prototype printing, interactive activities for kids, giveaways, refreshments, entertainment, appearances by “Rocky” of the New Britain Rock Cats and the WZMX-Hot 93.7 street team, and chances to win great prizes like an iPad or Beats by Dre headphones. The event offers Connecticut’s students, families, educators and people of all ages the opportunity to discover the stories behind Connecticut-made products from aerospace to medical devices to chocolates, and to explore today's innovative world of manufacturing and its rewarding career opportunities. During Manufacturing Month, companies, colleges and schools across the state will open their doors to help people learn more about all that is Connecticut-made and the career paths that manufacturing today offers. Activities include manufacturing company open houses and tours, open houses at community colleges and the four state Manufacturing Centers of Excellence at Asnuntuck, Housatonic, Naugatuck Valley and Quinebaug Valley Community Colleges that offer manufacturing courses, and open houses at the state’s technical high schools. For more information and to find events scheduled throughout the state, visit http://ctdreamitdoit.com/man_month.php.