Connecticut’s Family Firms Join Conglomerates For Share Of Military Work



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11 April 18
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Connecticut’s Family Firms Join Conglomerates For Share Of Military Work

Right behind the Connecticut conglomerates that receive billions in U.S. military spending are the small machine shops and local manufacturers benefiting from rising demand for fighter-jet engines, helicopters and submarines.

Spread across Connecticut, companies such as Jarvis Airfoil Inc. in Portland play an outsized role bolstering the state’s defense industry. Those businesses — typically privately held and family owned — make countless parts that add to the output of the state’s three dominant Pentagon contractors.

All are gaining as a result of sharp increases in Congressional spending to upgrade and renew equipment for the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy.

“It filters down,” Jason Jarvis, president of the 61-year-old company, said of federal defense spending. “A rising tide lifts all ships. That bears out in our sector.”

Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., makes engines for the F-35 joint strike fighter. Sikorsky, a unit of Lockheed Martin Corp., builds the Black Hawk helicopter, the workhorse of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and is set to start production of the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter in Stratford next year.

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