Connecticut’s reputation has taken another major blow with the announcement that United Technologies Corp. will be moving its headquarters to Massachusetts as part of its planned merger with Raytheon.

United Technologies will join other corporations that have pulled operations out of Connecticut in the last few years. General Electric moved its headquarters from Fairfield to Boston, and MassMutual closed a major office in Enfield while expanding operations in Massachusetts.

Quinnipiac University business professor David Cadden says the departures are giving Connecticut a reputation for being hostile toward businesses, whether that is true or not.

The United Technology headquarters is shown, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Farmington, Conn. Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in a deal that creates one of the world's largest defense companies. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)
The United Technology headquarters is shown, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Farmington, Conn. Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in a deal that creates one of the world’s largest defense companies. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont says nearly all of United Technologies’ 19,000 employees in Connecticut will remain in the state, while about 100 top executives and other workers will move to the new headquarters near Boston.

The sky is reflected on the facade of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems facility, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Woburn, Mass. Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in a deal that creates one of the world's largest defense companies. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
The sky is reflected on the facade of Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems facility, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Woburn, Mass. Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in a deal that creates one of the world’s largest defense companies. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo U.S. Air Force F-35 A-fighter jets from 31st Test Evaluation Squadron at Edwards AFB fly over Levi's Stadium before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in Santa Clara, Calif. Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in a deal that creates one of the world's largest defense companies. The merger was announced Sunday, June 9, 2019. United Technologies makes engines for Lockheed Marti Corp.'s F-35 stealth fighter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo U.S. Air Force F-35 A-fighter jets from 31st Test Evaluation Squadron at Edwards AFB fly over Levi’s Stadium before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in Santa Clara, Calif. Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in a deal that creates one of the world’s largest defense companies. The merger was announced Sunday, June 9, 2019. United Technologies makes engines for Lockheed Marti Corp.’s F-35 stealth fighter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)