Connecticut's Manufacturers Look To New Czar To Solve Skills Gap

3 Dec 2019

Connecticut’s first chief manufacturing officer says one issue dominates his agenda as he takes up his new post: finding enough skilled workers to fill thousands of open positions in the industry.

For years, Colin Cooper headed up the Eastford-based Whitcraft Group, a sheet metal manufacturer and one of the larger aerospace supply chain companies in the state, doing business with Pratt & Whitney, GE, Rolls-Royce and other giants. Cooper retired from the corner office a year ago and has since remained involved on Whitcraft’s board.

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