If events this month were any indication, Connecticut’s economic recovery is definitely on an upswing. Six events we were involved with in June were celebrations of good news: company expansions, new jobs, increased manufacturing, educational resources and military growth for the region. From open houses to groundbreakings and press conferences, all the events showed Connecticut’s economic growth and optimism for the future.
Bakery On Main, a local commercial bakery specializing in gluten-free baked good and cereals, broke ground on a new facility in East Hartford that is three times the size of their current one. Located on Park Avenue, the company is experiencing tremendous growth and moving down the street into an 111,000 square foot facility that will produce up to a million pounds of goods weekly. With a current workforce of 75, Bakery on Main is looking to create 70 new positions within the next four years. Their groundbreaking ceremony was attended by local and state officials, as well as their employees, all sporting their company t-shirts “Keep Calm and Make People Happy”!
BYK, a supplier of additives and instruments and part of the German specialty chemicals group Altana, celebrated the opening of its new 55,000 square foot expansion in Wallingford. The new space doubles the company’s size, and along with it the anticipation of adding 37 more jobs in the future. Employees and their families were treated to the formal announcement and activities to delight everyone. As always, it was a pleasure to work with Ali Ginnett of Celebrations, Meetings and Events, who did the event planning for the day. (Photo courtesy Jane Shauk Photography)
Wittmann Battenfeld USA, a manufacturer of injection molding presses, hosted an open house and “Innovations Workshop” to showcase its new 20,000 square foot facility in Torrington. The new space will accommodate more offices and room to manufacture larger injection molding machines. During the open house, Wittman Battenfeld provided product demonstrations of the new production line, robots and robot control software as well as technology presentations by industry experts. We would like to thank Nancy and Michael Goldstein of Amazing Celebrations for contracting Event Resources for this special event.
UCONN West Hartford will be moving to a new Hartford Campus located in the former Hartford Times Building on Prospect Street. In the epicenter of the city, the iconic building is located across from City Hall, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford Public Library, Travelers and the Connecticut Science Center. Construction is expected to be completed as early as 2017 for the enrollment of 2,300 students and 250 faculty members occupying a 140,000 square foot campus. In addition, 20,000 square feet of retail space will also be created. A well-attended press conference was held at Burr Mall between City Hall and the Atheneum, overlooking the new campus site, for the official signing of the agreement by the Trustees.
Rounding out new ground breakings was the Connecticut Army National Guard’s new $29 million central repair facility at Camp Hartell in Windsor Locks. The 112,000 square foot building will serve as the maintenance headquarters for approximately $325 million in vehicles and specialized equipment assigned to the Connecticut National Guard. The new building replaces a recently demolished shop which was ¼ in size and built in 1954. Sixty four management and maintenance personnel will work out of the new facility when completed. They are responsible for managing and completing all higher level repairs to the Connecticut Army National Guard’s more than 700 vehicles and thousands of pieces of specialized equipment located at 17 facilities throughout the state. Construction is scheduled to be completed in October 2015.