Spotlight on Manufacturing as State Officials Tour Darter Specialties, Inc. in CheshireSeptember 18, 2023
On September 14, State Representative Liz Linehan (D-Cheshire, Hamden, Wallingford), Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Ariel Vega, Jr., from Senator Murphy's Office, representatives from the CT Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), and town officials toured Darter Specialties in Cheshire. Darter Specialties has been a uniform, apparel, and promotional items decorator for over 30 years. Services include in-house embroidery, screen printing, direct-to-film transfers, and UV printing. Darter Specialties produces branded casual and work apparel, as well as uniforms for franchise operations, businesses, and educational institutions. Darter serves the U.S. and Canada.
"I am working diligently to attract more young people to consider a career in the manufacturing sector, which offers high-paying careers without the college debt," said Rep. Linehan, who is a strong manufacturing advocate in Connecticut.
Manufacturing is at the heart of our state, noted Lt. Governor Bysiewicz.
"Much of the economic growth in our state is made possible because of our flourishing manufacturing sector – which features so many great small businesses like Darter Specialties – and the efforts of individuals like State Representative Linehan and Connecticut’s Chief Manufacturing Officer Paul Lavoie," she said.
Rep. Linehan started the annual Student to Manufacturer Connection Fair in 2017, hosting over 1,000 students at the Capitol each year to meet with close to 50 manufacturers in support of the school-to-career pipeline in Connecticut and is a member of the Manufacturing Caucus in the legislature.