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STUFF Made in Connecticut - Fall 2017

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2 4 S T U F F • F a l l 2 0 1 7 C O O L S T U F F $ The BIC Lighter, launched in 1973, is a worldwide leader in producing a safe, reliable flame for millions of consumers every day. Its unique shape was designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Each full-sized BIC flint lighter provides up to 3,000 lights for less than two dollars. "The BIC Lighter is iconic. It is trusted around world for its quality, safety and reliability, and has been featured in museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York," says Rob Miller, senior corporate communications manager. Transport ventilators, like those made by Bio-Med Devices, Inc., can mean the difference between life and death in a medical emergency. The company's TV-100 can be used in a variety of settings from air and ground transport to the emergency department, ICU or for subacute care. Operators can easily select the appropriate ventilation mode using the color touchscreen display. "There is a simple setup assistant to get ventilation up and running fast, when seconds count," says President Dean Bennett. FactOId $110,023 Annual salary for an aerospace engineer in Connecticut, the highest-paying manufacturing job in the state COOL STUFF BIC Lighters Who makes it: BIC Where: Milford Founded: 1945 Employees: Approximately 190 How they make it: The full-size BIC Lighter has 19 components, molded, produced and assembled following a custom- made process according to exact quality standards. How much it costs: Suggested retail price $1.79 Who uses the product: Anyone who wants to "Flick their BIC!" Milford is home to the U.S. manufacturing facility for BIC Lighters, where 1.2 million lighters are manufactured each day using one of the most modern manufacturing processes in the world. Every BIC Lighter undergoes more than 50 separate, automatic quality checks during the manufacturing process to ensure that the lighter performs properly before it leaves BIC's factory. COOL STUFF Medical Ventilators Who makes it: Bio-Med Devices, Inc. Where: Guilford Founded: 1973 Employees: 75 How they make it: After in-house engineering and design work is completed, the PC board, touch screen, valves, turbine and case are ordered. Components are assembled and tested in house. How much it costs: $12,000-$16,000 for a TV-100 model Who uses the product: Hospital and EMS personnel Bio-Med Devices has been providing transport ventilators for the medical field since the early 1970s. Its new TV- 100 Ventilator offers versatile support. "It provides coverage for the smallest premature infant to the largest adult," says President Dean Bennett.

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