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‘Ready to Spring Back’: Manufacturers Look to the Future

The next generation of Connecticut manufacturing leaders are bringing fresh perspectives, new ideas, and a willingness to listen, learn, and adapt as they navigate the sector’s significant challenges. “It’s being able to see what is coming at you and just react quickly,” says Brittany Isherwood, president of Farmington-based Burke Aerospace.  Isherwood was one of three … read more


How to Prepare to Lead Your Multi-generational Family Business

If your parents or grandparents are part of a multi-generational family business, odds are you’ve been asked more than once if you plan to follow in their footsteps.  But according to Family Business Magazine, only 10-30% of family businesses survive the second generation under the same company name and ownership. How can you prepare for … read more


Resiliency Drives Employers’ Pandemic Response

“Not on my watch.” That’s how Bead Industries CEO Jill Mayer recalls her attitude as she and her leadership team mapped out the company’s strategy in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re a 106-year-old manufacturing company,” she told fellow business leaders Sept. 24 at CBIA’s annual The Connecticut Economy conference. “We’ve been through … read more


Podcast: Bead Industries – Empowering Your People

From Made in America with Ari Santiago: Jill Mayer, CEO, is bringing Bead Industries, a 100+ year old company in Milford CT, to new heights. They are updating their marketing, technology, and management systems to empower their people, encourage a younger workforce, and take their company into the future. In this episode, Jill tells wonderful … read more



Our Response to COVID-19

At Bead Industries, Inc., it is our priority to maintain the health, safety, and overall wellness of our customers, communities, and our family of employees. As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold, we are following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as federal, state and … read more


Podcast: Bead CEO on Growth & Innovation

Bead Industries, a 5th-Generation company and Amodex, entering its 3rd generation, are investing, innovating and growing in the State of Connecticut.  Tune in to hear these dynamic CEOs share their stories:  https://youtu.be/pyU_2Gx7ssA


Custom, Quick and Cost-Effective Manufacturing in CT Just Got Quicker

Bead Electronics announced to customers the addition of a GF Vertical Milling Center expanding their capabilities in fine pitch hard milling. Bead prides themselves as being able to provide a custom, production tooled part delivered in three to six weeks. The new technology will allow Bead to reduce their current tool making time by half. “Our … read more


Bead Celebrates Manufacturing Day with Local Vo-Tech Students

We spent Manufacturing Day in our factory with students from Emmett O’Brien Technical High School.  It was a joy to see a genuine engagement and interest from every student, and it reaffirmed our belief that by opening our doors we can improve the perception of manufacturing in CT. Steve Orloski, Instructor and Program Department Head … read more


Bead CEO Named “40 Under 40” Award Recipient

Bead Industries CEO Jill Mayer was named a “40 Under Forty” award recipient by the Hartford Business Journal. She joins a list of talented young professionals from various industries such as healthcare, financial services and STEM-related fields in the Greater Hartford region. “Each of this year’s honorees have demonstrated strong leadership in their careers and an … read more