MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)-- The Governor took a step toward helping Connecticut Companies that export their products, Monday. Connecticut ranks pretty high in the export business.
The workers at 'Test Logic' in Middletown are unpacking a helicopter engine so they can help make sure it's running properly.
That's what they do there. In the past fifteen years they've become a leading supplier of turbine engine and transmission testing equipment.
"It's a gas turbine engine. It's a turbo shaft engine. For a helicopter," said Rod Gwillam, Test Logic. "We build this, this is the test stand that puts the engine through its performance after overhaul."
Two-thirds of the testing equipment they make there is destined for testing engines in other countries.
That's why the Governor came there Monday, to sign a new law that helps exporters like 'Test Logic' get help expanding their business.
"The export rules, export licenses and such, been a tremendous help to us," said Gwillam.
When asked if it will be on its way to Australia, Gwillam said,"it's going in the next few days, packing crates of it's already in the packing crates."
You may be surprised to learn that on a per capita basis; Connecticut is number eight in the nation for exporting. The head of the state's largest business organization says this new assistance from the state should push that number higher and help create jobs.
"I think it we get more small businesses involved in exporting, we'll probably move up to the top five, which would mean jobs, growth for the state of Connecticut, stronger local economies, and more opportunities," said John Rathgeber, Connecticut Industry and Business Association.
This program is now part of the 'small business express' program at the state department of economic development. That program has helped close to 800 small firms in the past two and a half years.
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