As we’ve mentioned, agriculture is a large part of the state’s economy. Farms in Connecticut are heavy producers of dairy products, poultry, and vegetables, to name a few. This region is also home to many tobacco farms that produce shade-grown tobacco, a variety often used in cigars. These industries heavily rely on metal buildings to get their products from the fields to the table. Without them, crops would wilt and rot, and milk and dairy products would spoil long before they ever made it to stores. But steel buildings offer these businesses room to store their supplies away from pests and the elements, keeping them fresh and ready to go at all times.
Connecticut’s manufacturing industry is the third-largest business sector in the state, contributing nearly 12% of the state’s total GDP. It’s so large that it’s remained one of the leading business sectors in the state for hundreds of years now. In the beginning, much of the state’s early manufacturing facilities produced firearms, but now, enterprises such as helicopter manufacturing, marine craft production, and navy submarine construction are major economic fixtures in the state.
And these industries all rely on pre-engineered buildings to operate. Some of which, would be impossible without them. Helicopters and airplanes require tons of open square footage to manufacture and maintain. Boats also need ample room, and submarines are so large that they require enormous metal warehouses for their production.
Did you know that Connecticut is known as the insurance capital of the US? In fact, the state ranks number one in the country in insurance-based jobs. This industry is massive, contributing nearly 17% of the entire state’s GDP. That’s $3.5 billion more than any other industry in the state! And though you might not immediately expect it, insurance and financial service industries regularly use commercial metal buildings for quick and cost-effective office spaces. These steel structures can easily be insulated and finished to make fantastic branch offices and headquarters.
Tourism is also a significant player in Connecticut’s varied economy. Visitors to the state brought in over $1.7 billion in annual revenue in recent years. Whether these travelers come to the Constitution State to visit the casinos or take in film and art, the tourism sector greatly benefits from metal buildings. These structures function well as visitation and information centers, tourist shops, restaurants, retail establishments, and more.