GROTON, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut's new governor and other state leaders learned about Electric Boat's plans for the year.
The event on Monday marked Gov. Ned Lamont's first corporate visit since his inauguration last week.
Electric Boat said it discussed its business outlook for the upcoming year.
"Full Steam Ahead" is the word from Electric Boat as the world's largest submarine builder continues to expand in southeast CT.
Electric Boat and its growing workforce is having a huge impact.
There are 17,000 people employed there and 1,400 more are needed this year alone to design and build the next generation of submarines, the Columbia Class.
"To make sure that you have the best trained, best educated, more inventive workforce in the world to make sure you keep you qualitative advantage and that's my number one obligation to do for you going forward," said Governor Ned Lamont.
Since 2011, 14,000 people have been hired, ramping up for the Virginia Class subs.
"It's really one of the most positive persistent areas of growth in the state of Connecticut," said Rep. Joe Courtney.
As for supplying the workforce, Electric Boat has spent years cultivating new talent through regional educators, the technical high schools and colleges, including Three Rivers in Norwich.
The Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board has been instrumental in recruiting qualified talent for Electric Boat and other Connecticut industries.
"They're reached out to the community and said, 'let's form a partnership' and that's what we've done," said John Beauregard, President of Eastern CT Workforce.
Lamont was joined by Rep. Joe Courtney, Electric Boat's president, and other local and federal leaders.