Manufacturer of the Year Award: Ripley Tools, LLC
Each year at the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Annual Business to Business Expo, awards are presented to recognize and honor businesses who have demonstrated exemplary "Best Practices". For 2018, the title of Manufacturer of the Year was awarded to Ripley Tools, LLC based on the following elements: business growth and performance, sound business strategies, customer service strategies, unique and innovative approaches, and community involvement and contribution. In addition, the business must meet the following criteria: the nominee must be the owner, partner or major shareholder of the business, and active in its day to day operations, the business must be financially stable and operational for a minimum of three years with the exception of the Emerging Business which is less than three years, and businesses must be a member of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce at the time the award is presented.
The award was presented on October 24, 2018 during the The Small Business Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Comcast Business. It featured remarks from DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith and CNBC Senior Analyst & Commentator Ron Insana. Ripley Tools joins the list of previous Manufacturer of the Year award recipients including Whelen Engineering located in Chester, CT, Pratt & Whitney located in East Hartford, CT and Pegasus Manufacturing Inc. located in Middletown, CT.