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Local Hi-Tech Firm Invites Blumenthal for Visit

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) was in Newtown Monday to visit SMT Corporation on High Bridge Road.

After testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee last November, SMT Corporation's Vice President Tom Sharpe issued an invite to Sen. Richard Blumenthal for a tour of the Sandy Hook facility, which specializes in electronic components and counterfeit detection of such parts.

On Monday, Blumenthal took Sharpe up on his offer, spending about an hour and a half at SMT, 14 High Bridge Road, before heading to Danbury to visit with Goodrich, an aerospace and defense system and service supplier, and later and Rizzo Corporation in Danbury.

Sharpe said he issued the invite at the same time he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which Blumenthal is a member. Sharpe's company, which he formed along with his wife, specializes in detecting counterfeit parts used in the aerospace and defense industry.

"Our business model is sourcing obsolete parts for the Department of Defense," he said.

Part of the job of finding the right component includes filtering out the counterfeit ones, many of which come from China, Sharpe said.

Blumenthal spent his time at the Sandy Hook facility touring SMT Corporation's processes for detecting counterfeits, Sharpe said. Blumenthal's press schedule said it was a continuation of the senator's tour of businesses across the state.

Jobs came up during the tour, according to Sharpe, who believes Newtown can prove to be a draw for hi-tech companies, such as his and Advanced Fusion System, which is in the midst of renovating a facility on Edmond Road, as long as tax incentives are in place, Sharpe said.

"Newtown would be perfect, there's no doubt about it," the town resident said, citing a well-educated work force as a draw. "You've got a great base in terms of your population."

SMT received tax breaks when the company relocated from Monroe to Newtown in 2003, and Sharpe said he believes incentives need to be in place for businesses to invest in areas, such as Fairfield Hills.

"There should be more," he said of business incentives. "There absolutely should be more."

Paul Alexander January 11, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I just don't understand why the political "leaders" of the People's Democratic Republic of Connecticut can't seem to connect the cause and effect of confiscatory taxation and bad things happening financially to the State and its serfs? The Connecticut tax scheme is already driving middle class, fixed income, retirees out of the state. “Connecticut owns the dubious honor of being the worst state to spend your golden years.” http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-10-worst-states-for-retirees-in-2012-2012-01-11 Soon, the wise business owners will also bail when the grants and tax incentives stop coming or are rationed. Why would you want to start a business in a state where the success of your business model depends on tax incentives and grants anyway? Connecticut was once a great industrial state. Yankee ingenuity at its finest. Connecticut’s insane tax scheme has killed that though and when the state eventually runs out of other people’s money it won’t end well. Don’t shoot the messenger. Although you might consider metaphorically shooting your political “leaders”. Bring Connecticut Back!
Swami January 11, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Paul, you aware that the current Governor of Ct has been in office for only a year, and is the first Governor of CT in 20 years that is a DEMOCRAT ?
Paul Alexander January 11, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Only you are making it a Republican/Democratic thing, Sully. Not sure why?
Swami January 11, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Just wanted to be sure you knew which party led the State to it's current status. As you know, some of the Tea Party folks aren't all that sharp.
Paul Alexander January 11, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Oh, and the good Governor Blumenthal was in office how many MONTHS when he and his co-conspirators in the CT Assembly passed the biggest tax increase in state history this past summer....retroactive to January 1, 2011 I believe OUCH!
Swami January 11, 2012 at 10:55 PM
GOVERNOR Blumenthal ?????????????????????????? Have you been drinking, out in the sun too much, flying without a mask, or just plain confused? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_blumenthal
Paul Alexander January 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Make that Malloy. You're the man Sully! Stream of consciousness writing. Guilty as charged. I’m just a cracker from Florida who used to live in CT. Err...care to discuss the issue or just play name Nazi gothca games?
Swami January 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Paul, you haven't answered the question, were you aware that the current Governor of Ct has been in office for only a year, and is the first Governor of CT in 20 years that is a DEMOCRAT ? The current governor is doing the responsible thing of paying off the debts run up under the previous Republican governors. Is that what you would lioke to discuss?

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