Hartford Business Journal

October 18, 2021

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2 HARTFORDBUSINESS.COM | OCTOBER 18, 2021 Biz Briefs Editorial Greg Bordonaro | Editor, ext. 139 gbordonaro@hartfordbusiness.com Sean Teehan | Senior Staff Writer, ext. 145 steehan@hartfordbusiness.com Beats: Manufacturing, Startups & Entrepreneurs, Technology, Cannabis and Transportation Zachary Vasile | Web Editor, ext. 128 zvasile@hartfordbusiness.com Beat: Energy Terry Corcoran | Senior Staff Writer, ext. 143 tcorcoran@hartfordbusiness.com Beats: Real Estate, Economic Development and Banking & Finance Robert Storace | Staff Writer, ext. 127 rstorace@hartfordbusiness.com Beats: Health Care, Higher Education, Arts & Culture Tim Doyle | Lead Researcher Heide Martin | Research Assistant Steve Laschever | Photographer Business Tom Curtin | Publisher, ext. 124, tcurtin@hartfordbusiness.com Christina Zuraw | Events Coordinator, ext. 134, czuraw@hartfordbusiness.com David Hartley | Senior Accounts Manager, ext. 130, dhartley@HartfordBusiness.com Daniel Schilke | Senior Accounts Manager, ext. 135, dschilke@HartfordBusiness.com Valerie Clark | Director of Audience Development, ext. 332 vclark@nebusinessmedia.com Jill Coran | Human Resources Manager jcoran@nebusinessmedia.com Megan Mason | Operations Assistant, mmason@hartfordbusiness.com Production Christie Novotny | Production Director, ext. 147 cnovotny@hartfordbusiness.com Peter Stanton | CEO, pstanton@nebusinessmedia.com Tom Curtin | President, ext. 124, tcurtin@hartfordbusiness.com Mary Rogers | COO/CFO, mrogers@nebusinessmedia.com Subscriptions Annual subscriptions are $110.00. 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Postmaster: Please send address changes to: Hartford Business Journal P.O Box 330 Congers, NY 10920-9894 WE HELP INJURED WORKERS that's our job. gaylord.org Gaylord Offers a Dedicated Workers' Compensation Team Medical Director, Outpatient and Workers' Compensation Services Jerrold L. Kaplan, MD (203) 284-2845 For Outpatient Services Jackie Magnuszewski, COTA (203) 284-2989 For Inpatient Services Liz Weber, BSN, RN (203) 426-5973 Cheshire Cromwell North Haven Wallingford The Bliss Expansion building on Hartford Hospital's campus. Chief Manufacturing Officer Colin Cooper speaks at a Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce event in Farmington. Hartford Hospital ready to debut $70M Bliss Expansion building H artford HealthCare has announced its four-story Bliss Expansion building will open for business in a phased-in approach at Hartford Hospital beginning Oct. 18. Nearly two years after hospital officials broke ground on the $70 million expansion project, a ribbon cutting was held Sept. 29 with occupancy taking place about three weeks later. The Bliss Expansion building — located on the Hartford Hospital campus at 71 Jefferson St. — will feature 18 critical care beds and five operating rooms. It expands the hospital's intensive care unit by 20%, MRI and diagnostic capabilities by 25% and operating room capacity by 10%. Hospital officials said the 50,000-square-foot addition is intended to make health care more affordable. Funds for the expansion were made via private donations and construction was done during the pandemic. The new building — which is five stories tall — is located adjacent to the Cheney and Crane buildings. The Bliss Expansion building will employ 250 people to start; Hartford Hospital employs 7,000 people in total. PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED HBJ FILE PHOTO CT chief manufacturing officer says workforce, emerging industries are priorities The state's priorities for Connecticut's manufacturing industry include changing perceptions about working in the sector and advising companies on technology adoption and supporting emerging industries. Chief Manufacturing Officer Colin Cooper said during a recent event in Farmington hosted by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce that workforce development remains a key issue in the industry, which currently employs about 152,800 people in the state. COVID-19 exacerbated the long- running issue of open manufacturing jobs going unfilled as fewer young people enter the industry and older workers retire, with manufacturers shedding about 12,700 jobs in March and April 2020, and recovering just 36% of the workforce since that time. In addition to ongoing training initiatives at the community college level, state officials are working on an advertising campaign to draw more young people into the industry. "If you go to a manufacturing facility today it's like an operating room, but people's perception is sort of a Dickens' novel with flames licking the ceiling and smoke belching out," said Cooper, who added the ad campaign will focus on career opportunities in the industry. Another priority, Cooper said, is getting Connecticut manufacturers to adopt the industry's latest technology and make products for innovative companies and growth industries. To that end, the state plans to serve as a go-between for businesses and manufacturers, so that non-manufacturing companies in Connecticut have their products made in-state. "We're looking at a match-making initiative where we're matching our innovators with our manufacturers," Cooper said. "If somebody's innovating in Connecticut, we want to make sure we're making it in Connecticut." Beyond that, Cooper said Connecticut manufacturers could see great opportunities for supplying emerging industries like electric vehicles and offshore wind energy.

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