Destination Location: News 8 visits New Britain

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Many of Connecticut’s cities and towns have strong manufacturing history but none of them celebrate it quite like today’s Destination Location

The Hardware City is one of the nicknames you’ve heard: Industry is in the city’s blood, so it’s not surprising the New Britain has a whole museum devoted to its industrial history.

People often leave surprised at what they find there. 

“We have the moniker ‘the Hardware City’ so most people think of Stanley or they think of hinges,” said Sophie Huget, director of the New Britain Industrial Museum. She said people are often surprised at what they find in the 200 years of history the museum spans. “We have five major sorts of industry: consumer goods, hand tools, hardware, we have just about anything that you could want that was made for your home that was made in New Britain.”

“New Britain  is still made of innovators, thinkers and doers,” said Huget. “We try to fold the whole city into our mission because every part of the city is integral to its story. So those things we talk about quite often, the innovators of the past and inspiring innovators for now and the future.”

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