Originally posted in 2008 and titled "A Glimpse of Connecticut 1960s,” this YouTube video can accurately be summed up as "President Trump's entire movement in one short film and the responses it gets."
The film was created by the Connecticut Development Commission. Yes, it’s meant to be viewed through rose-tinted glasses, and, yes, it ignores the severe pollution problems that came from many of these industrial plants. But the good overwhelms all that. Watching it, one feels a distant yet real connection to a thriving, workingman's world teeming with a fascinating variety of quality manufacturing.
Narrator: “The Knox Glass company's branch plant in Dayville manufactures glass containers from Connecticut silica sand and limestone. This is the only glass container plant in New England and it has expanded continually to meet the requirements of this regional market."
Willimantic is "a city often referred to as the thread capital of the United States."
Just as riveting as the video, if not more, are the hundreds of comments it has received. They mainly come from current or ex-Connecticuters who know what has been taken from them. Some are sad, others angry. Several are politically charged. Many are rather informative.
Here are just a few (lightly edited for clarity):
"95 percent of the industry listed no longer exists here."
"I worked at Avco, Remington Arms, Carpenter Steel, Huyck Metals and Brunswick Corporation. All located in...