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BlumShapiro Sponsors AMHOF Induction Ceremony for Fifth Year

April 10, 2018


WEST HARTFORD – BlumShapiro, the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, will serve as the Founding Platinum Sponsor of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Annual Induction Ceremony for the fifth consecutive year.

The 2018 induction ceremony takes place on October 9 at the Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT, at 5:30 p.m.

The 2018 inductees of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame at Housatonic Community College are: Cheney Brothers in Manchester, Farrel Pomini in Ansonia, Handy & Harman in Fairfield and Timex Group USA in Middlebury.

“As the Founding Platinum Sponsor of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony since its inception in 2014, BlumShapiro has been honored to celebrate the innovation and success of Connecticut’s finest manufacturers.  This year is no exception.  The 2018 inductees have left indelible marks on the history of Connecticut and American manufacturing with products that have changed the world,” said Joseph A. Kask, chief executive officer of BlumShapiro.

Cheney Brothers was the first American company to refine techniques for properly raising silkworms and processing silk, beginning in 1838.  Frank Cheney patented the Rixford Roller which revolutionized silk manufacturing by replacing the direct drives found in older-style silk rollers with a new friction-powered drive that wound raw silk into hardier, double-twisted threads.

Farrel Pomini’s history dates back to the 1840’s during the Industrial Revolution in the United States when the company distinguished itself as a foundry and equipment manufacturer for the rubber industry.  Today, Farrel Pomini is a global leader in the research, design and manufacturing of continuous mixing systems for the polymer processing industry covering an extensive range of applications.

Handy & Harman leveraged an early market advantage in silver bullion through acquisitions to provide not only bullion but alloys and prefabricated silver bands, wires and moldings, as well as reclamation services to leading jewelers.  Today, as part of Steel Partners Holding L.P., Handy & Harman is focused on the manufacturing of building products, joining materials and composite reinforced ballistic and high strength specialty fabrics.

Timex Group USA was founded as the Waterbury Clock Company in 1854.  The company added American ingenuity to European clock making in building a mass-production platform 40 years before the Model T.  Such ingenuity created the foundation for innovations which have driven Timex’s continued success.  Today, Timex remains true to its intent to provide quality timepieces at an affordable price.

The American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony celebrates the innovative history of American manufacturing, raises funds for educational programs and promotes awareness of advanced manufacturing.  The proceeds from this year’s BlumShapiro-sponsored event will support the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at Housatonic Community College with scholarships for tuition and textbooks, funding for supplies and other manufacturing related programs.

For more information about attending or supporting the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, contact Emily Hyde at or 203-249-9859.


BlumShapiro is the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England, with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The firm, with over 500 professionals and staff, offers a diversity of services which includes auditing, accounting, tax and business advisory services. In addition, BlumShapiro provides a variety of specialized consulting services such as succession and estate planning, business technology services, employee benefit plan audits and litigation support and valuation. The firm serves a wide range of privately held companies, government and non-profit organizations and provides non-audit services for publicly traded companies.



Advisors | Auditors | Consultants | CPAs - Blum Shapiro is one of the premier public accounting firms in the northeast and a Top 100 CPA Firm in the U.S. Our professionals serve businesses, individuals and organizations in Boston (MA), Hartford (CT), Cranston (RI), Shelton (CT) ,Quincy (MA) and Newton (MA) with audit, tax and business consulting services. Our firm has developed practice areas in automotive, construction, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, nonprofit organizations and professional service firms. New Haven CT, Fairfield CT, Norwalk CT, Waterbury CT.