While Congress is on break from session in Washington, D.C., Representatives are spending time in their home districts. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty toured Del-Tron Precision Tuesday morning. She met with its President, Ralph McIntosh, Jr., to discuss the advanced manufacturing industry.
Del-Tron is a family owned business that specializes in creating anti-friction linear bearing slides. The company also produces positioning stages, ball and lead screw actuators, and other linear motion devices—many of which are used in today’s science and medical equipment, 3D printers, and many other products. Del-Tron currently has 43 employees at its corporate offices located in Bethel, as well as distributors throughout the United States, Germany, and Singapore.
Esty also toured Toplands Farm in Roxbury to highlight Connecticut's agricultural economy. The farm, though historically a dairy farm, now primarily focuses on hay production, as well beef, pork, and egg products. Toplands Farm is also home to the largest collection of restored antique tractors and farm equipment in the Northeast.
Esty then met with entrepreneurs at Makery Coworking, an incubator space in New Milford. Makery Coworking opened in February and allows professionals to work with likeminded individuals with access to shared resources. Freelancers, small business owners, and nonprofit personnel can rent a workspace in the facility for a small membership fee.
Esty was joined at the site for a tour and conversation with Makery Coworking Founder Tony Vengrove and New Milford Mayor David Gronbach. New Milford's Economic Development Director, the Small Business Administration's District Director and people who have used Makery Coworking were on hand for the discussion.