Courtney Tours Electric Boat Supplier BNL Industries in Vernon
(Norwich, CT) —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) toured BNL Industries in Vernon, CT, which is one of more than 400 suppliers that support submarine construction at the Electric Boat.
“My visit to BNL Industries highlighted the ripple effect that increased submarine construction at Electric Boat is having across the Second Congressional District and our entire state,” said Courtney. “BNL Industries is just one of the more than 400 Connecticut suppliers that support work at the shipyard. At BNL, the increase in work is translating into new jobs and hiring. I was escorted on a tour by company president Patricia Paro and met with owner Leonard Bosh Jr. and their talented team of precision machinists. Many of the newest employees are graduates of Asnuntuck Community College’s advanced manufacturing center that I helped obtain funding for several years. It was great to see the eastern Connecticut manufacturing pipeline creating good jobs and opportunity for young people.
“As the ranking member of the Seapower subcommittee, it is great to see the shipbuilding plan we passed fueling positive trends and growth. This visit was proof that the work we are doing with the Navy is generating sustained growth across the entire state, not just at the shipyard itself.”
Paro met with Courtney in Washington, D.C. during a recent visit that was a part of the Submarine Industrial Base Council’s supplier day.
BNL Industries is located in Vernon and produces high-quality valves for use in the defense/marine, power energy, aerospace, process, and commercial industries. The company is a parts supplier to Electric Boat, as well as Huntington Ingalls in Newport News and Pascagoula.
According to USASpending.gov, BNL Industries received $4.7 million in contracts with the DOD in Fiscal Year 2017 - $1.6 million as a direct vendor with DOD, and $3.1 million as a supplier to Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls.
The Second Congressional District, which Courtney represents, is home to 155 suppliers who support work at Electric Boat generating $273 million in economic activity over the past five years – the largest share in the state. Statewide, Electric Boat has 415 suppliers that generate over $600 million in economic activity.