Paul Lavoie In 2022, Gov. Ned Lamont named Paul Lavoie Connecticut’s new chief manufacturing officer, taking over the post from Colin Cooper, who retired. In the role, Lavoie has been responsible for coordinating state and private-sector efforts that promote growth in Connecticut’s manufacturing industry. One of his major tasks has been trying to figure out how to broaden the talent pipeline as the industry struggles to fill thousands of available jobs, and his department has initiatives already in the works. In November 2022, the state formally launched its “Hearts and Minds” marketing campaign aimed at employing more people in the state’s manufacturing sector. Through the multimedia campaign, job-seekers can find open positions in the industry or explore job-training programs available in the state’s community college system. Lavoie formerly served as general manager of Carey Manufacturing in Cromwell, a builder of catches, latches and handles, as well as electronic hardware. He made headlines in recent years by reshoring some of Carey’s outsourced operations back to Connecticut. Prior to his job at Carey, Lavoie was vice president of sales, marketing and human resources at Bristol-based ETTEREngineering Co. In addition, Lavoie is a member of Connecticut’s Industry 4.0 Working Group, the Governor’s Workforce Council and other manufacturing-related state boards.