Ansonia, Middlebury manufacturers 2018 Hall of Fame inductees

BY Natalie Missakian

Two New Haven County manufacturers are among the 2018 inductees into the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame at Housatonic Community College, business advisory firm BlumShapiro said Tuesday.

Ansonia's Farrel Pomini, which began as a foundry in the 1840s and now makes equipment for the plastics industry, and Middlebury-based watchmaking giant Timex Group USA will be inducted on Oct. 9 in a ceremony at the Trumbull Marriott.

Farrel Pomini, which moved to a new $11 million headquarters in Ansonia last year, made its mark during the Industrial Revolution manufacturing equipment for the rubber industry.

Meanwhile Timex, founded as Waterbury Clock Company in 1854 to mass-produce affordable clocks, grew to become one of the world's leading watch manufacturers.

"The 2018 inductees have left indelible marks on the history of Connecticut and American manufacturing with products that have changed the world," said Joseph A. Kask, chief executive officer of BlumShapiro, which is sponsoring the induction ceremony.

Also being inducted are Cheney Brothers in Manchester, the first American company to refine techniques for silk processing, and Fairfield's Handy & Harman, which got its start making silver harness fittings and now produces specialized industrial products.

Proceeds from the ceremony will support scholarships, textbooks, supplies and programs at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. Contact Emily Hyde at or 203-249-9859 for information.

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