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The America Manufacturing Hall of Fame held their first annual Induction Ceremony of Thursday, October 7, 2014 in Trumbull.

 

Inductees

Inductees

Bridgeport Machines

Two Swedish immigrants in Bridgeport, CT got together, and in 1939 created what has been called “the most important tool company of the 20th century” and brought affordable precision manufacturing to the world.

As a direct result of the need to give workers and citizens in the South End a facility to seek emergency care, the company was instrumental in creating the former Park City Hospital on Park Avenue, north of Seaside Park.

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Bullard

At the height of its influence Bullard tool company was the largest and most successful tool maker in the world. Employing over 2000 people in Bridgeport, CT, Edward Bullard Sr., built a company based on faith, family and community.

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Hubbell, Inc.

It can be argued that of the great innovators and inventors connected to harnessing the power of electricity, for example, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, George Westinghouse, Lewis Latimer, none were as influential on the use of this awe-inspiring source of energy for the public masses as Harvey Hubbell II and Harvey Hubbell III.

Harvey II’s inventive and innovative spirit and desire to safely supply citizens with the comforts that electricity brings to their lives, combined with Harvey III’s desire to aid the community and provide the company’s products to as many people as he could reach changed the world. Every time someone on earth flicks a light switch or plugs in a coffee pot, the legacy of Harvey Hubbell lives on.

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Sikorsky Aircraft

A lifelong engineer, inventor, and innovator, Igor Sikorsky dreamed of a practical way of rescuing people in remote areas when in danger. Believing the answer was access from the skies, Sikorsky created the first fully-controllable, practical, production-ready helicopter.

Igor Sikorsky’s desire to create the ultimate rescue vehicle has resulted in over one million lives saved. The legacy of his contributions and innovations still resonate within the United States and across the world.

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Warner's

When Dr. Lucien Warner and his brother Dr. Ira De Ver Warner saw a need to address a perceived serious health concern in women’s fashion they had no idea they would became legendary innovators and inventors in women’s clothing. The practice of “tightlacing” in Victorian culture and fashion made many believe women were in danger of injuring internal organs or sacrificing lung capacity. In response, Lucien Warner designed a fabric and natural fiber "coraline" corset that provided shape without sacrificing movement and health.

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The America Manufacturing Hall of Fame held their second annual Induction Ceremony of Thursday, October 8, 2015 in Trumbull.

Inductees

Inductees

A.C. Gilbert Company

Athlete, scholar, magician, toymaker, businessman, inventor, marketer, a lifelong advocate for children and learning, Alfred Carlton Gilbert had a remarkable career designing, making, and selling creative, fun, yet educational toys for 50 years with his company, A.C. Gilbert.

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Brewster & Co.

In 1620 Connecticut native James Brewster’s great, great, great grandfather, Elder William Brewster, stepped off the Mayflower into the landing boat that would carry him to the shore of what would become New England. He had no idea the family name would be synonymous in a few short generations with the highest level of American craftsmanship and manufacturing excellence.

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Bridgeport Brass Company

Begun in 1865 as a small regional New England brass mill, Bridgeport Brass became one of the most innovative, original companies in U.S. history.

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Moore Tool Company, Inc.

I n 1915 an 18–year old mechanic named Richard F. Moore walked off a New England hill farm and made his way to Bridgeport, CT, looking for work. Bridgeport was booming with manufacturing. Young Moore settled in and over the following nine years moved from one bustling company to another.

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Sargent Manufacturing Company

In 1810, Joseph Bradford Sargent and his brothers opened a wholesale hardware business in New York City, and obtained part of one of their suppliers, the Peck and Walter Manufacturing Company of New Britain.

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Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company / Singer

In 1846, Allen B. Wilson, an apprentice cabinetmaker working in Michigan, developed a sewing machine independent of other sewing machine inventors in New England. His development of the rotary hook and bobbin combination as well as the four motion feed made his machine design unique; however, he lacked the capital to expand his business. Nathaniel Wheeler’s infusion of capital and his business leadership, along with Wilson’s continued development of new product enhancements, brought Wilson’s sewing machine from a working model to global producer.

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The America Manufacturing Hall of Fame held their third annual Induction Ceremony of Thursday, October 6, 2016 in Trumbull. 

Inductees

Inductees

Bead Industries Inc.

Bead Industries, formerly called Bead Chain Manufacturing Co., is comprised of two divisions, Bead Chain and Bead Electronics, located in Milford, Con-necticut and a wholly owned subsidiary, McGuire Manufacturing Company, a producer of plumbing fixture trim located in Cheshire, Connecticut.

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The Benedict & Burnham Manufacturing Co.

Today, historians credit six Connecticut men with starting the brass industry in the United States. All were either partners, collaborators, or direct competitors with Aaron Benedict and his company.

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C. Cowles & Co.

C. Cowles & Company was founded in 1838 by Chandler Cowles and William Cornwall. The business began at 122 York Street in New Haven and later moved to 138 Orange Street. In later years the Cowles acquired other companies. Starting in 1967 it acquired The Phillips Manufacturing Company, an injection molding company. In the ’70s a couple of extruder companies were acquired, which became Cowles Products, an automotive aftermarket trim supplier. In 1979, Hydrolevel, a liquid level sensing controls company, was acquired, which is now a leading controls supplier to the heating industry. In 2009, Cowles acquired the Carlin Combustion Company, which is a burner and controls company for the heating industry. These four companies, along with Cowles Stamping (the original C. Cowles & Company) are the five operating divisions of C. Cowles & Company.

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Chance Vought

When Chance Vought founded his aircraft company in 1917, little did he know that his small enterprise would someday design and build aircraft that would change the face of aviation. From the first airplane to take off from a carrier in 1922 to the famed F4U gull-winged Corsair of World War II and the record-setting F8U fighter, Chance Vought aircraft were known for their innovation and durability. For more than 75 years, Vought airplanes were in service with the U.S. Navy. Today, the Vought name is owned by Triumph Group, Inc.

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Platt Brothers & Co.

In 1797, when Nathan Platt set his sights on a plot of land along the Naugatuck River, he imagined a future based on family enterprise and economic security. Seventeen hundred dollars bought him a house and barn with 30 acres of land, a gristmill, sawmill, and water rights. Twenty years later, his son Alfred purchased the property alongside Nathan’s, and established the small button making and metal working factory, which would later become A. Platt & Co.

The Platt Brothers and Co. today is what Nathan Platt imagined over 200 years ago, and perhaps more — a thriving manufacturing company honoring family tradition and values, in a global market where his name is as far reaching as was his vision for success.

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American Manufacturing Hall of Fame 4th Annual Induction Ceremony

Save the date! Thursday, October 5, 2017
Trumbull Marriott, Grand Ballroom
180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT
Dinner & Induction


HCC Advanced Manufacturing Program Alumni Speaker
Jenny Tovar- Peralta

Leadership Award Recipient
Jack Crane

2017 American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Inductees
Better Packages, Inc.
MacDermid Performance Solutions
R.C. Bigelow, Inc.
Stanley Black & Decker
Ulbrich


Cost: $150.00
Tickets

If paying by check, please send payment to: HCC Foundation, Inc. Note on check: Manufacturing Program

Please click here to RSVP Online!

You may also mail your donation to:
HCC Foundation, Inc.
Attn.: Manufacturing Program
900 Lafayette Boulevard,
Bridgeport, CT 06604



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HCC Foundation Mission Statement

The mission of the Housatonic Community College Foundation is to solicit, secure and manage contributions from the private sector through philanthropic individuals, corporations, and foundations for the benefit of Housatonic Community College. All funds received on behalf of a program at Housatonic Community College will be managed by the HCC Foundation.

All gifts to the HCC Foundation Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.

All donations will go to the General Fund to support Housatonic Community College programs and fund scholarships unless otherwise specified.

PERSONAL CHECK

Please make checks payable to the HCC Foundation Inc. and mail them to:

HCC Foundation Inc.
900 Lafayette Boulevard,
Beacon Hall Rm. 274
Bridgeport, CT 06604

CREDIT CARD GIFT

To make a donation with your credit card, please click the button below. An electronic credit card receipt will be generated and a formal acknowledgement letter will be mailed. (Please use the electronic receipt and acknowledgement letter for your taxes and matching gift programs)

CORPORATE MATCHING GIFT

Many U.S. companies match charitable donations made by their employees, directors or retirees, often the impact of a single gift to Housatonic Community College. If your company offers a matching gift program, please obtain a matching gift form from your employer and include this form when making a gift to the HCC Foundation Inc.

Check Donation: Mail the check along with the matching gift form to the address noted above
Credit Card Donation: Mail the form to the address noted above, or email the form and indicate payment details.

TRANSFER OF STOCK OR SECURITIES

If you donate appreciated marketable securities, you may be eligible for beneficial tax deductions and your gift will not be subject to capital gains tax. The HCC Foundation Inc. accepts direct transfers of securities. For more information on stock or security transfers, please contact Fiona Hodgson at or 203-332-5078.

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HCC

The role of the Office of Institutional Advancement is to advance the College’s mission by building relationships and partnerships that raise philanthropic resources from alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, faculty and staff to support HCC students and programs.  We do this by advancing the public awareness of and appreciation for the college, and building and enhancing lifelong relationships with all the College's constituencies.

The Advancement team works closely with the Housatonic Community College Foundation Board of Directors, led by area business and civic leaders, to help secure gifts and grants to fund programs that benefit students attending the College for which state support is not available.

The Housatonic Community College Foundation

The Housatonic Community College Foundation was founded in 1990 by a group of Greater Bridgeport residents and business and arts leaders. The Foundation provides financial assistance to the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the State of Connecticut and assists the College in becoming a unique educational resource for its students and the community. The Foundation also serves as a vehicle generating funding for Housatonic student scholarships, student emergency assistance, child care assistance for parents enrolled at Housatonic, program enhancements and support of the Housatonic Museum of Art. 

The Housatonic Community College Foundation

The Housatonic Community College Foundation was founded in 1990 by a group of Greater Bridgeport residents and business and arts leaders. The Foundation provides financial assistance to the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the State of Connecticut and assists the College in becoming a unique educational resource for its students and the community. The Foundation also serves as a vehicle generating funding for Housatonic student scholarships, student emergency assistance, child care assistance for parents enrolled at Housatonic, program enhancements and support of the Housatonic Museum of Art.

Who We Serve

The Students Housatonic Community College (HCC) draws students with diverse cultural, educational and economic backgrounds. Most of the students require some form of financial assistance during their enrollment. Through the Foundation, deserving students receive scholarships and tuition assistance, and help in covering costs associated with tutoring services, financial emergencies, child care for enrolled parents, textbooks and other educational materials.

The College

The Foundation provides supplemental support to the College to meet financial needs not covered by state funding alone. These include professional development, technology and skills training, equipment and facility acquisitions, and enhancements to academic programs. This support is critical for HCC to remain a current and vital resource to its students and the Greater Bridgeport community.

The Foundation also supports programs to address the serious problems faced by high school students who enter Housatonic Community College with academic deficiencies that severely limit and often prevent their academic achievement. These programs currently include Bridges and Middle College. Both work directly with high school students, counselors and instructors to help students become college-ready and better able to achieve success.This support is critical for HCC to remain a current and vital resource to its students and the Greater Bridgeport community.

The Housatonic Museum of Art

The Museum maintains an extensive art collection that offers students, faculty and art enthusiasts from the region the opportunity to view original works on display throughout the year, throughout the College. The Museum engages in educational outreach activities including a Student Docent Program for middle school and high school students, special exhibitions and lectures open to the public, and conservation efforts. The Foundation provides direct financial assistance to the Museum and collaborates with Museum staff on a wide range of fundraising programs and activities


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