THOMASTON, Conn., February 1, 2013 ― Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will begin the first in a series of small business and manufacturer tours by visiting Ward Leonard Electric Company, Inc. in Thomaston to meet with company President Michael Clute and tour the Thomaston operation.
“One of the reasons I’m so optimistic about the future of our district is because of highly innovative manufacturing businesses like Ward Leonard that are producing quality, cutting-edge products,” Esty said. “My grandfather helped start a small manufacturing business in Iowa, so it’s an issue near and dear to me, but it’s also an issue that is critical to the future of our district. I’m committed to ensuring that manufacturers like Ward Leonard have a level playing field to compete globally, and that we’re making strong investments in R & D, vocational education and training.”
“At Ward Leonard, we are very impressed that Congresswoman Esty has moved so quickly to demonstrate her interest and commitment to the 5th District’s manufacturers and small businesses,” said Ward Leonard President Michael Clute. “On behalf of the over 150 Connecticut small businesses that support our success every day, we are honored to host the Congresswoman at our Thomaston factory.”
Esty serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and on the Subcommittee on Research where she plans to help boost high-tech manufacturing, encourage research and development, and advocate for educational institutions across central and northwest Connecticut.