Who is hiring in Connecticut?

Despite hints of a possible recession on the horizon, hiring in some Connecticut employment sectors remains strong.

Donald Klepper Smith. an economist at DataCore Partners, said the reason companies are hiring with the possibility of an impending recession is pretty basic.

“You grow your business in two ways: with people or with technology,” Klepper-Smith said. “In this environment, the right people are hard to find. In the manufacturing sector in particular, there are jobs that just beg. As long as it adds to a company’s profitability, companies will continue to hire the workers they need. »


But the prospect of an economic tightening is pushing some companies to reduce their workforce. Among the nation’s layoff employers are tech-focused companies that thrived during the height of the pandemic.

An example of this is Gopuff, a Philadelphia-based delivery service, which announced on Tuesday that it was closing or combining 76 fulfillment centers across the country amid expectations of “what could be a macroeconomic downturn much more important.” These closures and consolidations will result in a 10% reduction in the company’s global workforce.

Gopuff employs about 15,000 people in the United States, Canada and a handful of European countries, although information on how many people the company employs in Connecticut was not immediately available. Gopuff provides food and alcohol deliveries to 28 Connecticut communities, according to its website. .

Here’s a look at some of the companies hiring in the state:

General Dynamics electric boat

Topping the list is the nation’s largest submarine builder, which has manufacturing facilities in Groton and neighboring Rhode Island.

Kevin Graney, the company’s president, said in January that the company was looking for new employees as part of what he called “a once-in-a-generation expansion.” Graney said the company added more than 2,500 workers in 2021.

Dan McFadden, a spokesman for Electric Boat, said the company plans to hire more than 2,600 workers this year and has added 1,400 so far. The company is looking to hire pipefitters, welders, carpenters and painters as well as engineers.

“Our need for people in the manual trades runs the gamut,” McFadden said. “It’s a good time to come and work for us. If you want to change careers, we will train you for some of the positions we are looking to fill.

A combination of factors led Electric Boat to seek to hire so many people, he said.

The company is the prime contractor for the construction of Columbia-class submarines for the United States Navy. It works in partnership with Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, to develop the Virginia-class submarines.

“We’re booking cases well into the 2030s,” McFadden said.

In addition to the amount or work done by Electric Boat, the other factor driving the hiring is veterans retiring after decades of work at the company, he said. . To help replace these retiring workers, Electric Boat is working closely with the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board.

Electric Boat is also indirectly responsible for the increased demand for workers from small Connecticut manufacturers who supply the defense contractor with the parts it needs. McFadden said “generally speaking it’s a challenge for everyone in manufacturing.”

“Everywhere there is a high demand for manufacturing skills,” he said.

ASML

As part of the $200 million expansion of the company’s corporate campus in Wilton, ASML – which makes equipment used in semiconductor manufacturing – plans to hire up to 1,000 new workers at the over the next two years.

Evolution AB

The Swedish company, which provides live casino games for online betting sites, has opened a new studio in Fairfield which has already hired 140 workers and plans to add 260 more.

Evolution AB began operating in the state on Monday, offering live dealer games at the FanDuel and DraftKings online casino platforms offered in Connecticut.

The jobs the company hires for in Connecticut include technical, production, administrative and information technology positions, as well as security positions, according to state officials.

Eversource Energy

The utility company, which provides electricity, natural gas and water in Connecticut, has 258 job openings in the state, according to Al Lara, a spokesperson for Eversource. Lara said the company has openings in many different fields, including engineers, linemen and natural gas technicians, as well as positions in corporate relations, information technology and l ‘energetic efficiency.

“It’s an exciting time in the energy industry as it changes and evolves rapidly,” Lara said. “We are building the grid of the future to advance clean energy, support electric vehicles and fortify the electrical system to better withstand the weather and we need skilled employees to make it happen.”

Butterfly

With a $500 million investment from a Swiss private equity firm, this Shelton-based energy management outsourcing company is gearing up to hire.

Officials from the Swiss private equity firm Partners Group announced on Monday that they had acquired the stake in Budderfly. Al Subbloie, founder and CEO of the Connecticut company, said Partner Group has the financial resources to allow Budderfly to hire many more people as the company grows, with many of these new workers being hired in Connecticut.

“Over the next year, I would say we’re going to be hiring dozens,” Subbloie said. “Over the next three or four years, we’re going to hire hundreds.”

Alexion

Alexion is looking to fill 50 jobs in the New Haven area as it prepares to move into a new biotech tower in late 2023.

More than half of the positions the company seeks to fill are in research and development. Alexion is a subsidiary of global pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.

HCL Technologies

The global information technology company announced late last year that it plans to create 500 new jobs in Connecticut over a two- to three-year period. The workers would be part of HCL Technologies’ global delivery center in Hartford, which serves the company’s flagship customer, New Britain-based Stanley Black & Decker.

The jobs HCL is looking to fill include positions in augmented reality, aerospace engineering, infrastructure, digital workplace, computer applications, and operations technology.

ShopRite and PriceRite

Both grocery chains have multiple locations in the New Haven area that need to hire between 20 and 30 new employees at each location. To fill these positions, the chains are hosting a company-wide job fair on July 19 in their stores between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A variety of full-time, part-time, and management positions with both chains are available in Connecticut, depending on store and location. Price Rite is owned by New Jersey-based Wakefern Food Corp., the cooperative behind ShopRite.

Rebel Interactive Group

The digital marketing company opened its new headquarters on Cheshire’s West High Street this week in a former high-end furniture retail space. Rebel Interactive transformed the 24,700 square foot property that had been Furniture Barn’s showroom into a space fit for its needs, adding a podcasting studio and video production facility.

Allison Minutillo, president and owner of the company, said at all times that Rebel Interactive was looking to hire 10-15 people. When the company announced it was moving to Cheshire seven months ago, it employed 95 people and now has around 110 workers.

Bryn Tindall, CEO and co-owner of the company, said some of the positions Rebel Interactive is looking to fill include account managers and web developers.

The company’s client list includes Aetna, Bank of America, Cigna and Delta Airlines.

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