ELLINGTON- State Rep. Christopher Davis (R-57) recently toured Merrill Industries, a premier packaging business located in Ellington.
Merrill Industries founded in 1973, moved from West Springfield, Massachusetts to its current location in 1985. Merrill manufactures packaging for a wide-range of industries from medical to Colt firearms.
Rep. Davis said, “Our local and state economies rely on the success of small businesses, especially our small manufacturers. Merrill Industry has a solid business model and is planning to grow. As a state, we need to look at them for insight on how we can grow our economy and create more jobs. I will continue to fight for our small businesses and work to create policies that will move Connecticut towards becoming a business-friendly environment.”
According to Merrill Industries, 90 percent of their business is done within 70 miles from Ellington. Merrill also noted that they have a low turnover rate amongst their staff; almost all of their employees have been with the company for nearly twenty years.
Brian Flaherty, the Senior Vice President of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, said, “There is no better way for a policymaker to learn the concerns of Connecticut’s workforce and companies than walking the shop floor and visiting the storefronts. As the voice of Connecticut business, we are thrilled that Rep. Davis took the time to visit Merrill and see firsthand the value Connecticut companies are building each and every day.”
For more information about Merrill Industries, visit their website at www.merrillind.com.