Visit highlights recent expansion project at United Gear and continued success of aerospace manufacturing in Connecticut

SUFFIELD, CT — United Gear & Machine Company, a third generation family-owned aerospace manufacturer, had the privilege of hosting Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Connecticut Chief Manufacturing Officer Paul Lavoie yesterday for a visit to the company. Bysiewicz and Lavoie met with United Gear President Kurt Malec and employees at the company while embarking on a tour of the newly expanded manufacturing facility.

Since 2014, United Gear has seen a surge in business and doubled its skilled manufacturing workforce. In 2022, United Gear completed the final stage of a 20,000 square foot expansion project and recorded its highest sales numbers in the company’s history. 

“We were honored to host Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and Chief Manufacturing Officer Paul Lavoie to meet with our employees and showcase the recent growth of our small, family-owned business,” said Kurt Malec, President of United Gear & Machine. “For nearly 70 years, United Gear has grown and thrived in Connecticut and we are grateful for leaders like Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and Paul Lavoie who support the needs of the local aerospace industry.” 

“Connecticut’s manufacturing industry is at the heart of our state, leading us towards innovation and progress, and positively contributing to our state’s economic strength. It’s exciting to get an up-close look at one of our thriving manufacturers and see their dedication to growing right here in Connecticut,” said Lt. Governor Bysiewicz. “Thank you to Kurt and the team at United Gear and Machine for welcoming me, and congratulations on the exciting growth that has led you to this fantastic new expansion.”  

“One of the favorite parts of my job is to visit and engage with our manufacturing community.  I enjoyed learning about the history of the company and the recent growth plans executed by Kurt and his team.  The State of Connecticut is pleased to support the growth of United Gear & Machine with investments from our Manufacturing Innovation Fund. ” said Connecticut Chief Manufacturing Officer, Paul Lavoie.