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Strengthening Small Manufacturing Firms Against the Odds

By Allison Wilson

While manufacturing in America is seeing record re-shoring and demand for American made goods, smaller manufacturers have struggled the most coming back from the recession of 2008.

"The manufacturing sector has rebounded, but Connecticut small manufacturers have a unique set of circumstances that certainly slow rebounding from such a devastating crash," says Cyndi Zoldy, Executive Director of the Smaller Manufacturers Association, or SMA, in Waterbury, Connecticut. "Taxation, transportation and overall energy and labor costs in the state certainly drain financial gains when dealing with economic recovery."

That's why the SMA lends resources and support for smaller manufacturers. Monthly meetings give members firsthand advice and counsel on how to grow and prosper in current economic times. Networking opportunities provide solid foundations with other small local manufacturers, who can support each other with production, sourcing and human resources. The SMA also provides member benefits including job posting services and direct access to the SMA lobbyists. During a difficult fiscal year, the SMA and its lobby were successful in passing an Apprenticeship Tax Credit to Sub-s corps to assist in financial support of training our young workforce.

Monthly meetings, weekly newsletters and legislative outreach are some of other major benefits. A volunteer board comprising multiple committees, such as education and legislative, dedicates time to improving the manufacturing sector. Dedicating time to workforce development and policy change makes the manufacturing industry more attractive to young people.

"The benefits of joining our organization are the personal relationships that develop with member involvement," Zoldy says. "Manufacturing is no longer dirty, dark and dangerous, and the SMA offers support to companies who are looking to grow and thrive in even the most challenging economic times."

You can visit the SMA office at Naugatuck Valley Community College (750 Chase Parkway) in Technology Hall T-600, or reach the association by phone at 203-575-0711.

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