Waterbury: Introduction

Waterbury overcame a poor geographical setting by using Yankee ingenuity to make the city the "Brass Capital of the World." From the early 1800s until the mid-1960s, Waterbury buttons, buckles, and clocks were found in most American homes. With the decline of the brass industry after World War II, Waterbury aggressively diversified its industrial base, drawing new manufacturing and service industries to the city. Within driving distance of New York City and Boston, Waterbury offers businesses affordable housing, a skilled work force, and a revitalized downtown.