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Prospect Machine Products Receives National and State Recognition for 2020 President’s E Award

PMP with Rep Zupkus and Sen Sampson

From Left: Karen McWhirt (PMP President), Lezlye Zupkus (R-89), Richard Laurenzi (PMP Chairman), Nicole Spaeth (PMP -Sales Manager), Rob Sampson (R-16)

Prospect Machine Products Receives State Recognition for 2020 President’s E Award

Prospect Machine Products was honored to receive citations from U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy as well as the Connecticut General Assembly as represented by Representative Lezlye Zupkus and Senator Rob Sampson who visited our business on Thursday, November 19.

“Congratulations on this achievement, we can’t wait to see what you do next.”-Connecticut General Assembly

Our family-owned deep draw metal stamping business has been in the town of Prospect and the state of Connecticut for 70 years now. Over the years we have provided hundreds of jobs to local residents as well as tool and die apprenticeships for students from our local vocational high school.  We have contributed to the civic fabric of the town and state through charitable contributions and service in local and state-wide business and educational organizations.

The President’s E Award was initiated by President Kennedy to recognize companies who demonstrate  export growth over a period of time.  Prospect Machine Products was one of 24 U.S. manufacturers to receive the 2020 award.

Have a deep draw metal stamping project that would be best handled by a provider that truly understands the customer experience and is committed to your success? Contact us! Email info@pmpdeepdraw.com or call 203-758-4448, X25 for our Sales Manager, Nicole Spaeth.

Prospect Machine Products Receives Presidential “E” Award for Exports

Logo of Prospect Machine ProductsProspect Machine Products Receives Presidential “E” Award for Exports

Deep draw metal stamping manufacturer recognized for contributing to the expansion of U.S. exports.

Prospect, CT: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross notified Prospect Machine Products of its selection to receive the President’s “E” award for exports. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. business can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. 

“Prospect Machine Products has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with Prospect Machine Products’ more than doubling of export sales over the previous four years. The company’s use of government programs to identify buyers and further support international expansion was particularly notable. Prospect Machine Products’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs., ” said Secretary Ross in his congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection.  

“Exporting is an important part of our sales.” said Richards Laurenzi, Chairman/ CEO of Prospect Machine Products. “Buyers and consumers in foreign markets want quality products made in the United States,  and we are honored to receive the E award. We are a small deep draw stamping manufacturer, a family business founded in 1950, so this greatly appreciated honor represents a milestone in our company’s history.”

In total, Secretary Ross honored 39 U.S. companies and organizations from across the country with the President’s “E” Award for their role in strengthening the U.S. economy by sharing American ingenuity outside of our borders. Out of the 39 companies and organizations, 24 were manufacturers.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the U.S. Department of Commerce via their International Trade Division. With offices across the United States and in embassies and consulates around the world, The International Trade Division lends it expertise at every stage of the exporting process by promoting and facilitating exports and investment into the United States.

In 1961 President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Criteria for the award is based on four years of successive growth in one or more international markets.

 About Prospect Machine Products

Prospect Machine Products is a contract manufacturer of  deep draw metal stampings used in numerous commercial sectors including sealing technologies, medical devices, needle and ball bearings, industrial and compliance controls, and automotive. Deep draw forming is noted for its cost savings in material consumption and the elimination of post-production secondary operations.

For more information about the “E” Awards and benefits of exporting, visit: www.export.gov 

The Presidents E Award




Have a deep draw metal stamping project that would be best handled by a provider that truly understands the customer experience and is committed to your success? Contact us! Email info@pmpdeepdraw.com or call 203-758-4448, X25 for our Sales Manager, Nicole Spaeth.

Welcome Nicole Spaeth to the PMP Team as Sales Manager

Nicole Spaeth, Sales Manager at Prospect Machine ProductsWe are pleased to welcome Nicole Spaeth as our new Sales Manager at Prospect Machine Products, a leading manufacturer of deep draw metal stampings. Nicole joined us on August 19, 2020.  Prior to Prospect Machine Products, she held similar job roles in manufacturing at Stanley Black and Decker, Neoperl, Inc. and Neoperl GmbH. Having had the opportunity to work at Neoperl’s global headquarters in Muellheim, Germany for two years, she takes pride in the growth and knowledge that she was able to gain within the manufacturing industry.  She has worked closely with global product management, purchasing, planning, quality and R&D teams. She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and dive into any challenge that comes her way.  Her experience as a team member for project management, especially  her participation in bringing new products to market, will be a benefit to Prospect Machine Products’ team of engineers,  deep draw toolmakers, quality assurance, and customer service.  She looks forward to utilizing all the digital marketing platforms we have developed. The growth we have experienced selling our deep draw stampings through online marketing to new customers will continue under Nicole’s direction.

Nicole is a Connecticut native. She graduated from Central Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Nicole and her husband have two young children, Luka and Emilia.

Welcome Nicole!

Have a deep draw metal stamping project that would be best handled by a provider that truly understands the customer experience and is committed to your success? Contact us! Email info@pmpdeepdraw.com or call 203-758-4448, X25 for our Sales Manager, Nicole Spaeth.

Legislators Recognize Women of Excellence in Manufacturing Award Recipient and PMP President Karen McWhirt

Deep Draw Components- Women in Manufacturing, Karen McWhirt President of Prospect Machine Products

From Left to Right: Richard Laurenzi (PMP Chairman), Lezlye Zupkus (R-89), Karen McWhirt (PMP President), Rob Sampson (R-16), Anthony Romero (PMP -Sales and Applications Eng. Mgr.)


Women of Excellence in Manufacturing Award

State Representative Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) and State Senator Rob Sampson (R-16) visited Prospect Machine Products on February 11, 2020 and presented an official state citation to Karen McWhirt, PMP’s new president.

Karen was recognized with the 2019 Women of Excellence in Manufacturing Award by the Precision Metal Association. This annual award was announced in the November 2019 edition of the MetalForming magazine

An “Up-By-The-Bootstraps” Manufacturing Leader

A 19-year industry veteran, Karen was administrative director for the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut before becoming a member of the Prospect Machine Products  team seven years ago, where she served as controller/human resources manager before being named company president.

Her nominator describes her as an “up-by-the-bootstraps manufacturing leader with a disciplined mindset” that has enabled her to “expand her role into purchasing, inventory control, and production while becoming our manufacturing software expert.”

As the person who runs the company’s daily Gemba meetings, “Karen has gained the respect of the entire team by the example she sets for hard work, trustworthiness, and team spirit,” says her nominator.

Karen also serves on the board of directors for ConnStep (Connecticut State Technology Extension Program), a statewide manufacturing extension partnership affiliate.

“There is no career in manufacturing for which women are not qualified. Opportunities for women continue to grow throughout the ranks of manufacturing, especially with our country’s shortage of skilled workers. I continue my advocacy with local educators in the vocational technical high schools, middle schools, high schools and community colleges to promote manufacturing as a career worth pursuing for all students” – Karen McWhirt

Congratulations, Karen, on a much-deserved award!

From the entire team at Prospect Machine Products.


Naugatuck Valley Community College Manufacturing Milestones

A Family’s Story
The History of Prospect Machine Products

Manufacturing Milestones NVCC

On October 30, 2014, Naugatuck Valley Community College presented a symposium on the history of manufacturing in the Greater Waterbury Area with a special focus on family-owned manufacturing businesses. The program included a visual history of the area rendered through art works provided by The Mattatuck Museum of Waterbury

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Below are remarks delivered by Richard A. Laurenzi, the president of Prospect Machine Products.



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