MURPHY HIGHLIGHTS TORRINGTON MANUFACTURER, SEITZ LLC, AS “MURPHY’S MONDAY MANUFACTURER” HARTFORD – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Monday that Seitz LLC of Torrington is this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” Founded in Torrington in 1949, Seitz is a leading plastic-injection molding and custom contract manufacturer. The company designs, engineers and builds custom plastic gears and drives, advanced tooling and electromechanical assemblies. Seitz’s custom parts can be found throughout restaurant food and beverage systems, medical applications, money handling machines, and in many other consumer, commercial, and automotive products. Seitz’s 120 employees – many of whom are master-level engineers, managers, and machinists – operate 45 injection molding presses, which range in size from 17 to 787 tonnage capabilities, out of an 88,000 square foot facility in Torrington. Seitz recently added four new presses to its Torrington facility, and has plans to add three more in the coming year. These investments are part of the company’s ongoing commitment to quality, improving efficiencies and capacity, and striving to stay ahead of its customers’ needs. In January and February of 2017, Seitz will be hosting two workshops in developmental training to inspire leadership, creativity, and culture in the manufacturing industry. The workshops are geared to help workers improve their managerial, engineering, sales, and marketing skills. “With Seitz’s products, hospitals can transport life-saving medications to patients quickly, and banks can safely guard customers’ valuables behind reliable vault doors,” said Murphy. “I’m excited to see Seitz investing in new machines and their skilled workforce – those are exactly the kinds of investments that boost local manufacturing and help Connecticut families.” Evan Berns, CEO of Seitz, said, “Our company is dedicated to manufacturing excellence in Connecticut. More importantly, Seitz’s focus is on the ‘customer first’. Our key principles are continuous improvement in safety, quality, delivery and value to our customers. We are making significant investments in training, apprentice programs and Lean Manufacturing skills to better serve our customers and make our company competitive while shaping our long term goals.” The manufacturing industry plays a crucial role throughout Connecticut communities, creating new jobs and accelerating our state’s economic recovery. Today, Connecticut’s 4,600 manufacturers account for 10% of the state’s jobs and 87% of the state’s total exports. In order to protect and grow manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, Murphy has introduced two pieces of legislation that aim to strengthen existing standards and prioritize the purchase of American-made goods, the 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act.