Asnuntuck program receives major donation

Paul Murphy, executive director of Aerospace Components Manufacturers (left) and Asnuntuck Community College President Dr. James Lombella (right) hold a donation check from ACM and its member companies. Looking on, far left is ACM President Pedro Soto. ACM led a matching fundraising campaign for the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

Aerospace Components Manufacturers, a nonprofit regional network of independent Connecticut and southwestern Massachusetts based aerospace companies, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. 

ACM announced on May 15 a major pledge to Asnuntuck Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, the result of a recent matching campaign led by the organization.

Paul Murphy, executive director of ACM said, “We have been collaborating partners for 20 years, and we are better because of each other.” 

Murphy added, “Looking back to those early years, one of the core values and one that remains today is the education and training of our workforce. The ACM worked with Asnuntuck Community College to develop the courses we felt were needed for our workforce, such as Blueprint Reading, Shop Math, and GD&T training, to name a few. Asnuntuck collaborated with us to tailor the syllabus for the needs of modern aerospace manufacturing. Asnuntuck stepped up to the plate, listened to the ACM and created the courses they have today as well as the certificate programs now in place.” 

ACM and donors have pledged $180,632 over a four-year period, to Asnuntuck Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology program. The CNC Machine Technology Lab, located in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, is now named in honor of ACM. The unveiling of signage took place during the event.

Dr. James Lombella, president of Asnuntuck Community College said, “I applaud ACM for their commitment to helping build the future workforce of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.”

He continued, “Over the past two decades, ACM has worked with national and international experts to attract the global aerospace industry to our region and beyond. Their commitment to both excellence and continuous improvement has truly been an inspiration. On behalf of Asnuntuck Community College and Advanced Manufacturing industry partners throughout the area, I would like to thank ACM for this generous gift of more than $180,000. By ensuring that more students gain access to careers in this exciting industry, these funds will aid in both the realization of individual educational and career goals as well as helping to satisfy a dramatically increasing demand for a technologically skilled workforce.”

“ACM has been our most important partner and ally from the very onset,” said Mary Bidwell, interim dean of Asnuntuck’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. “We look forward to our continued partnership.” 

Frank Gulluni, ACC’s director emeritus for the Advanced Manufacturing Technology program addressed members during their annual meeting. “Thank you for giving us birth two decades ago, for sustaining us in so many ways, and for being our primary source of support and advocacy,” Gulluni said. “The relationship has been a true partnership, one that others can emulate.”

The announcement of the donation took place in the Asnuntuck Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

Murphy said, “The ACM has been recognized as a model for collaborative associations in the USA, just as Asnuntuck Community College has been recognized as a model for Advanced Manufacturing Training curriculum. As the ACM tagline states, TOGETHER. A WORLD OF EXPERTISE.” 

Summer classes for Advanced Manufacturing begin on May 28. Visit for additional information.

Interested in donating to Asnuntuck? Contact Keith Madore at or by calling (860) 253-3041.

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