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WEST HARTFORD – Thursday, September 24, 2015—BlumShapiro, the largest regional accounting and business advisory firm based in New England, today announced the two winners of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Leadership Awards for 2015. The winners are two presidents of Bridgeport manufacturing businesses—Kris Lorch of Alloy Manufacturing in Bridgeport and Kathy Saint of Schwerdtle Stamp Co. Inc.

Both will be honored on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Trumbull Marriott during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, beginning at 6:30 PM.  BlumShapiro is the platinum sponsor for this year’s event, along with The Barden Foundation.  Tickets for the induction can be obtained by contacting Emily Hyde at .  

“Kris Lorch and Kathy Saint successfully lead companies which embody the very best of manufacturing in Connecticut—innovation, productivity and sustainability,” said Janet Prisloe, a partner at BlumShapiro and the firm’s Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail Industry Leader. “These two leaders demonstrate time and again that Connecticut’s manufacturing base, which, for decades, has been one of the state’s proudest legacies, remains one of the most vibrant in the nation.”

Alloy Engineering is a 57 year old manufacturer of thermowells, fittings and protective tubes for the process industries in Bridgeport.  Ms. Lorch joined the company in 1986 and purchased the business in 1998 with her husband.  She is a founding member and currently a Director and Treasurer of Manufacturers Education and Training Alliance (METAL), as well as co-chair of the New Haven Manufacturing Association’s (NHMA) Workforce Enhancement Committee, working with middle schools, high schools and colleges to promote education in manufacturing and engineering to bring a better workforce to the manufacturers in the region.

Schwerdtle Stamp Co. Inc. is a 134 year old manufacturer of marking devices. Ms. Saint and her brother are the fourth generation of family members at Schwerdtle, and she was named president in 2004. She is President of the Manufacturers Education and Training Alliance (METAL) and a member of the board of directors of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce.  She serves on the CBIA’s Manufacturer’s Advisory Council, and works with the NHMA’s Workforce Enhancement Committee on programs to improve students’ understanding of the skills needed to enter manufacturing.  

The American Manufacturing Hall of Fame was founded by actor John Ratzenberger and a steering committee in 2012, and is comprised of local citizens interested in promoting Bridgeport manufacturing history and Housatonic Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (the Center).  The Center just began its fourth year and will be expanding its capabilities in the future. Since then the Hall of Fame has expanded to the New Haven area and has future expansion plans.  The Hall of Fame raises positive awareness for advanced manufacturing and raises funds to educate manufacturing students.

BlumShapiro is the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England, with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The firm, with over 400 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. 

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