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Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media December 2007

1. In December 2007, it was
revealed that an Armed Forces Reserve Center will be built in Middletown that will employ 150 people full time when it is completed in 2009. Lowe’s will build a home improvement warehouse store in Derby employing 120 people when it opens in the fall of 2008.

2. In December 2007, the
Home Fabric Mills store building in Cheshire was sold resulting in the closing of the store in the spring of 2008. Thirteen workers are expected to lose their jobs as a result.

The 2008 Connecticut Department of Labor Jobs Fairs are scheduled to begin on Tuesday January 29th with the Heroes4Hire Career Fair at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, followed by the College Career Expo in March. In April, Manchester Community College will be the host of its annual Job Fair. In May and June, Job Fairs will be held in eastern Connecticut and Fairfield County. Further information can be obtained on the Job Fair and Conference webpage at, or by calling (860) 263-6280.


Startups and Expansions

Recent Developments
2009 Fall 2008 United States Army Lowe’s Derby American Precision Mfg Ansonia AMP Media Partners Rocky Hill Europa Sports Products Windsor Target Corp. Waterbury O’Shaughnessy Asset Mgt Stamford Clam’s at Shore Road Old Lyme Stamford Town Center Stamford Ikonisys Inc. New Haven Keystone Aviation Service Oxford COREPlus Waterford Barnes & Noble Stamford Kimberly-Clark Corp. New Milford Coldwater Creek Milford Armed forces Home improvement Aerospace machine parts Radio network Body building supplements Retail store Investment company Restaurant Shopping plaza Diagnostic testing products Airport management Federal credit union Bookstore Tissue products Women’s clothing store 100 120 Reserve Center will be built in Middletown New store will be built on Route 34 Company will add workers when they move from Milford Company will be broadcasting music at area gas stations North Carolina-based company is opening a warehouse Store is adding more workers for the holidays New firm has opened on Suburban Avenue New restaurant has opened at the Old Lyme Shopping Center New addition has led to hiring of valet parking attendants Company has received $30 million in venture capital New hangar will be built at Waterbury-Oxford Airport New branch has opened in the Waterfall Shopping Center New store will open in the Stamford Town Center Company has broken ground on a co-generation energy plant New store has opened at Milford Marketplace Hartford Courant 12/7/07 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 12/14/07 Connecticut Post 11/8/07 Hartford Courant 11/28/07 Manchester Journal Inquirer 11/1/07 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 11/19/07 Stamford Advocate 11/1/07 New London Day 11/24/07 Stamford Advocate 11/2/07 New Haven Register 10/17/07 Connecticut Post 10/23/07 New London Day 10/13/07 Stamford Advocate 10/24/07 Danbury NewsTimes 10/17/07 Connecticut Post 10/23/07

Previous Announcements
2008 2008 December 2007 November 2007 November 2007 November 14, 2007 November 1, 2007 2008 2008 October 2007 October 31, 2007 October 16, 2007 October 11, 2007 20 14 25 50-70 23 15 10 15-40 400 10 80 50-70 41

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media–December 2007 STARTUP/ EXPANSION DATE 2009 2009 2008 2008 2007-2008 2007-2008 Fall 2007 November 2007 November 8, 2007 September 2007 September 29, 2007 August 13, 2007 August 9, 2007 August 2, 2007 August 1, 2007 September 2007 September Summer 2007 COMPANY AND LOCATION CT Biodiesel Suffield Hilton Norwich Burris Logistics Rocky Hill Pilgrim Furniture Milford Premier eSecurity Milford Aero Gear Inc. Windsor Oakleaf Waste Mgt. East Hartford Humphrey’s Wallingford Hilton Homewood Suites Hartford Health Haven Middletown L.L. Bean Orange City of Bridgeport L.L. Bean South Windsor SPARTA Insurance Co. Hartford Wal-Mart Milford Volubilis Food Inc. Waterbury Zara Greenwich The Shack New London PRINCIPAL PRODUCT Renewable fuel Hotel Frozen food distributor Furniture retailer Spam filters Aircraft parts Waste disposal Restaurant Hotel Nursing homes Retailer of outdoor gear Municipality Retailer of outdoor gear Commercial insurance Retail store Olive oil processing Clothing and accessories Restaurant WORKERS INVOLVED 25-30 200 200 75-100 20 48 100 40 35 100 25 18 125 21 286 12 40-50 15 REASON/ COMMENTS Company plans to build a plant in town New hotel will be built at the Norwich Marina Company is building facility to store frozen food for BJ’s stores New store will open on Boston Post Road Growing market for computer security Company is expanding Company has found new financing New restaurant will open in the Wallingford Plaza Hotel will open in the former Bond Hotel Need for an increase in staff Maine-based retailer will open outlet store on Boston Post Road City has hired new firefighters Maine-based retailer has opened a store at Evergreen Walk New company has opened in CityPlace II Retail chain has opened in the Milford Crossing Center Company is establishing operations on Brookside Road National chain is opening a new store on Greenwich Avenue Restaurant is moving from East Lyme and will expand

SOURCE Hartford Courant 9/21/07 Norwich Bulletin 9/7/07 New Britain Herald 9/30/07 Connecticut Post 8/10/07 Hartford Courant 8/23/07 Manchester JournalInquirer 8/17/07 Hartford Courant 8/3/07 New Haven Register 8/15/07 Hartford Courant 7/20/07 New Haven Register 8/8/07 Connecticut Post 8/24/07 Manchester JournalInquirer 8/1/07 Hartford Courant 8/3/07 New Haven Register 8/2/07 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 7/22/07 Stamford Advocate 7/19/07 New London Day 7/19/07

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media–December 2007 STARTUP/ EXPANSION DATE July 2007 2009 2008 October 2008 March 2008 Fall 2007 2007 Fall 2007 Summer 2007 July 2007 2009 Fall 2007 July 2007 April 13, 2007 Fall 2008 2007 Summer 2007 COMPANY AND LOCATION B.J. Ryan’s Norwalk Nufern Inc. East Granby TnT Expense Management Newtown Griffin Hospital Wallingford Carvel Corp. New Britain ClarkWestern Bldg. Sys. Bristol Chef’s Warehouse Ridgefield TIGHITCO Berlin Westinghouse Electric Windsor Credit Suisse Securities Greenwich F&S Oil Waterbury Emhart Glass Windsor Goodwill Industries Brookfield Golf Galaxy Milford Lowe’s Cromwell BML Tool & Mfg Monroe Music Theatre Int’l. New Hartford PRINCIPAL PRODUCT Restaurant Optical fibers & fiber lasers Payroll Health care Food production Steel manufacturer Specialty food distribution Aerospace manufacturing Fuel for power plants Investment products Bio-fuel Glass making Retailer of used clothing Retailer of golf equipment Home improvement Metal stamping Scripts and sheet music WORKERS INVOLVED 20 180 60 60 225 400 50-100 60 100 25 24 10 25 21 165-180 18 12 REASON/ COMMENTS New restaurant has opened on Main and Hoyt Streets Company plans to expand Company is building a new office and will expand Hospital is expanding Company is moving its headquarters and expanding Company will open a plant in the old General Motors factory Company is moving its headquarters from the Bronx Company is relocating from Vernon and expanding New nuclear power plants are being built Company is opening a new office at the Pickwick Plaza Company is building a new factory Company is building a new research center New “Super Store” will open New store has opened on Boston Post Road New store will be built on Route 372 Firm will expand as it moves from Fairfield Company is relocating warehouse from New York

SOURCE Stamford Advocate 7/11/07 Hartford Courant 6/6/07 Danbury News-Times 6/20/07 Meriden Record-Journal 6/20/07 New Britain Herald 6/13/07 Bristol Press 5/11/07 Danbury News-Times 6/20/07 New Britain Herald 5/3/07 Hartford Courant 6/20/07 Stamford Advocate 5/8/07 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 4/4/07 Hartford Courant 4/17/07 Danbury NewsTimes 4/13/07 New Haven Register 4/10/07 Hartford Courant 3/24/07 Connecticut Post 3/2/07 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 3/6/07

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media–December 2007 STARTUP/ EXPANSION DATE March 13, 2007 December 2007 Summer 2007 February 14, 2007 2010 2007 2007 COMPANY AND LOCATION Wal-Mart West Haven Cummings & Lockwood West Hartford Health Net Shelton Home Depot Montville Gilbert & Bennett Mill Georgetown Eurospeed USA Ansonia Aldi’s South Windsor, Torrington, Bristol, Wallingford, Waterbury Big Y Bethel Saybrook Country Barn Old Saybrook Saltwater Grille Stamford Starbucks New Haven The Hartford Financial Windsor Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Manchester Houlihan’s Stamford & Danbury TyMetrix Hartford Comcast Enfield PRINCIPAL PRODUCT Retail store Law firm Health plans Home improvements Housing and retail Motorcycle components Grocery stores and warehouse WORKERS INVOLVED 300 10 110 120 1,500 1,000 575 REASON/ COMMENTS New store has opened on Sawmill Road Office will move to Blue Back Square allowing for expansion Jobs resulting from ending venture with Guardian Life Insurance Store has opened in the new Montville Commons plaza Housing and retail complex will be built at site of mill Work previously done in China will be done in Connecticut Grocery stores and a warehouse are being built

SOURCE New Haven Register 3/14/07 Hartford Courant 2/3/07 Hartford Courant 2/28/07 New London Day 2/15/07 Hartford Courant 1/23/07 New Haven Register 1/29/07 Hartford Courant 1/25/07

Spring 2007 April 2007 April 2, 2007 March 2007 2009 June 2007 Spring 2007 Winter 2007 Winter 2007

Supermarket Home furnishings Restaurant Coffee shop Financial services Pizza restaurant Restaurant Software developer Cable, phone & Internet

200-225 10 50 20-25 300 30 200 20 170

New supermarket is being built on Route 6 Expansion New restaurant will open at the site of the Rusty Scupper New location will open on Chapel Street Company will build a new campus Famous pizza restaurant will open a branch at Buckland Hills National chain is opening two new restaurants Expansion New call center is opening

Danbury NewsTimes 1/6/07 New London Day 1/23/07 Stamford Advocate 1/19/07 New Haven Register 1/24/07 New London Day 12/8/06 Manchester Journal Inquirer 12/6/06 Stamford Advocate 12/19/06 Hartford Business Journal 12/11/06 Hartford Courant 12/12/06

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media–December 2007 STARTUP/ EXPANSION DATE February 2007 January 2007 2010 2007-2008 2007 Spring 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 2009 2007 2007 2007 2007 Mid 2007 COMPANY AND LOCATION Moore Physical Therapy Wilton Ferrante’s Stamford Mohegan Sun Uncasville City of New Haven Moriarty & Associates Windsor Target Lisbon Embraer Windsor Locks City of East Hartford Volvo Aero Newington Cervalis Stamford MannKind Corp. Danbury Wendy’s Bridgeport BJ’s Wholesale Club Stratford Stop & Shop Stonington Bank of New Canaan Fairfield Plainfield Renewable Energy Plainfield Center for Excellence Plainfield PRINCIPAL PRODUCT Physical therapy Restaurant Casino Municipality Construction Retail Servicing jets Municipality Fan cases for jet engines Data storage Pharmaceuticals Fast-food restaurant Wholesale club Supermarket Banking services Utility services WORKERS INVOLVED 10 22 2,000 85 150 450 325 10 40 15 400 30 140 200-210 12-15 25-30 REASON/ COMMENTS New business will open on Danbury Road New restaurant is opening on Summer Street A second round of expansion is being planned City will hire new police officers New headquarters for ING is being built Store will be built in new plaza across from Lisbon Landing Company will build a service center at Bradley International City is seeking candidates to become police officers Company is now subcontracting for Pratt & Whitney New facility will be built Expansion New outlet will be built on Fairfield Avenue Wholesale club will replace the long-vacant Bradlees New jobs will be created when old store is replaced Expansion New business is opening

SOURCE Stamford Advocate 12/5/06 Stamford Advocate 12/19/06 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 11/14/06 WTNH-Channel 8, 11/16/06 Hartford Courant 11/7/06 New London Day 10/10/06 Hartford Courant 10/17/06 Hartford Courant 10/3/06 Manchester Journal Inquirer 10/10/06 Stamford Advocate 10/13/06 Danbury News Times 9/27/06 Connecticut Post 9/19/06 Connecticut Post 9/7/06 New London Day 9/13/06 Stamford Advocate 9/8/06 Norwich Bulletin 9/13/06

Mid 2007

Medical databases


New business

Norwich Bulletin 9/13/06

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media–December 2007 STARTUP/ EXPANSION DATE Mid 2007 2006-2007 2007 January 2007 2009 Summer 2008 2007 July 2007 COMPANY AND LOCATION Webloyalty Norwalk City of Norwalk St. Paul Travelers Hartford, Windsor Thomaston Savings Bank Middlebury Swiss Army Brands Monroe Capitol Theater New London Lowe’s Milford First National Bank of Litchfield New Milford Walgreens Stamford NuPower Plainfield Stew Leonard’s Newington Hawley Lane Shoes Shelton Walgreen Co. Windsor Polylok, Inc. Wallingford Royal Bank of Scotland Stamford C&M Screw Machine Bristol Goodwin College East Hartford PRINCIPAL PRODUCT Marketer of online services Municipality Insurance Bank Knives Live music venue Home improvement Bank WORKERS INVOLVED 40-90 20 600 10 20-25 80 500 10 REASON/ COMMENTS Growing customer base City is recruiting new police officers Increase in business and profits Bank is opening a new branch on Straits Turnpike New company headquarters will lead to increase in employment Historic building will be renovated New store will be built at the former jai-alai site New branch

SOURCE Stamford Advocate 9/5/06 Stamford Advocate 8/14/06 Hartford Courant 7/25/06 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 7/12/06 Connecticut Post 6/9/06 New London Day 5/4/06 Connecticut Post 5/4/06 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 5/10/06 Stamford Advocate 3/16/06 Stamford Advocate 3/9/06 Hartford Courant 2/4/06 New Haven Register 1/4/06 Hartford Courant 1/18/06 New Haven Register 1/20/06 Connecticut Post 9/15/05 Bristol Press 9/9/05 Manchester Journal Inquirer 9/9/05

2008 2008 Winter 2007 2008 2008 Spring 2007 2008 2007-2008 Fall 2007

Drug store Wood-burning energy site Retail food store Shoe store Drugstore chain Molded plastics Global finance Screw machine Products College

35 275 400 40 550 20 800 25 300

New store will be built at site of Suburban Cadillac-Pontiac Company will build a new facility New store will open in former Caldor building Company is moving from Trumbull and plans to expand Distribution center will be built New headquarters will be built New jobs will be created when new building is completed Company will expand as it moves from New Britain College is undergoing an $80 million expansion

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media–December 2007 STARTUP/ EXPANSION DATE 2007 Summer 2008 2008 COMPANY AND LOCATION Cabela’s Inc. East Hartford Foxwoods Ledyard Yale-New Haven Hospital New Haven PRINCIPAL PRODUCT Outdoor merchandise Resort casino Hospital WORKERS INVOLVED 450 2,300 400 REASON/ COMMENTS Superstore is being planned for the Rentschler Field site Expansion A new cancer center will be built

SOURCE Hartford Courant 8/11/05 New London Day 2/1/05 Hartford Courant 12/1/04

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media–December 2007

Layoffs and Staff Reductions

Recent Developments
SPRING 2008 Home Fabric Mills Cheshire Bear Naked Inc. Stamford, Norwalk Cuno Inc. Meriden, Enfield Superior Flag Car Inc. Waterbury Stafford Ambulance Association Hartford Housing Authority CuraGen Corp. Hartford HP Hood Suffield General Electric Co. Plainville Pratt & Whitney East Hartford Qualex Inc. East Hartford Voltarc Technologies Waterbury Mark Ford Mercury New Milford Clairol Stamford Federal Reserve Bank Windsor Locks Interior textiles 13 Building has been sold and the business will close Operations are ceasing due to being purchased by Kellogg Co. Work is being shifted to Mexico Increasing costs have led the firm to close Budget woes have led to layoffs of EMTs Restructuring Lack of items being developed Production of novelties will be outsourced to New York Industrial production plant will close Company is trying to cut costs Company is shutting down due to digital photography Layoffs are due to foreign competition Construction on Route 7 has impacted business Plant is closing as operations are being shifted to Mexico Check cashing operations are moving to Philadelphia New Haven Register 12/7/07 Stamford Advocate 11/28/07 Manchester Journal Inquirer 11/8/07 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 11/2/07 WFSB-Channel 3 10/10/07 Hartford Courant 10/5/07 Hartford Courant 9/20/07 9/7/07 Bristol Press 8/10/07 Hartford Courant 8/14/07 Hartford Courant 8/8/07 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 8/16/07 Danbury NewsTimes 8/24/07 Stamford Advocate 6/8/07 Manchester JournalInquirer 6/28/07

Previous Announcements
WINTER 2008 WINTER 2008 NOVEMBER 2, 2007 OCTOBER 2007 OCTOBER 4, 2007 FALL 2007 NOVEMBER 2007 SEPTEMBER 2008 FALL 2007 SEPTEMBER 28, 2007 SUMMER 2007 AUGUST 2007 WINTER 2010 MARCH 2009 Granola and cereal Appliance filters Provider of escort cars Ambulance company Housing authority Developer of cancer drugs Ice cream plant Circuit breakers Jet engines Photofinishing Electric lamps Car dealership Hair-coloring products Bank payment clearinghouse 100 63 37 15 10 15 80 57 300 81 26 15 235 146

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media–December 2007 LAYOFF/STAFF REDUCTION DATE SEPTEMBER 20, 2007 JULY 27, 2007 JUNE 2007 MAY 2007 FALL 2007 SPRING 2007 MAY 2007 COMPANY AND LOCATION Pitney Bowes Danbury CuraGen Corp. New Haven IBM Southbury Anthem Blue Cross North Haven Hershey Co. Naugatuck Citigroup, Inc. New Haven Tweeter North Haven, Milford, Waterford Ameriquest Shelton Webster Financial Corp. Hamden The Hartford Financial Windsor & Hartford TD Banknorth, Inc. New Britain, Waterbury Helikon Furniture Co. Taftville One-Way Fare Simsbury Hoke Inc. Berlin Amer. Med. Response New Haven Ansonia Copper& Brass Ansonia Woodworking Loft Winsted PRINCIPAL PRODUCT Mail equipment Proteins & antibodies Information technology Insurance Candy factory Financial institution Electronics retailer Subprime mortgages Mortgages, insurance Insurance Bank Office furniture Restaurant Valves Medical billing Copper & brass milling Woodworking WORKERS INVOLVED 48 40 45 67 200 75 26

COMMENTS Information technology jobs are being outsourced Plant is closing Decrease in earnings will lead to cut in workforce Work is being outsourced to a Dallas-based company Company is closing its Peter Paul factory Restructuring is needed to reduce costs Stores are closing

SOURCE Connecticut Post 7/20/07 Hartford Courant 6/20/07 Hartford Courant 5/3/07 New Haven Register 5/2/07 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 4/25/07 New Haven Register 4/12/07 New Haven Register 4/6/07 New Haven Register 4/11/07 Hartford Courant 4/6/07 Hartford Courant 3/8/07 Hartford Courant 3/24/07 New London Day 3/23/07 Hartford Courant 3/14/07 New Britain Herald 3/7/07 New Haven Register 2/14/07 Connecticut Post 2/2/07 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 2/13/07

APRIL 2007 APRIL 2007 OCTOBER 2007 SUMMER 2007 APRIL 13, 2007 MARCH 17, 2007 MARCH 2, 2007 APRIL 13, 2007 APRIL 2, 2007 FEBRUARY 2007

28 20 48 15 25 27 50 51 84 30

Office has closed Mortgage operations have been shut down and jobs outsourced Information technology jobs will be outsourced Branches are closing Company is closing due to the loss of clients Restaurant has closed Plant has closed Billing operations are being consolidated in Ohio Cutbacks are due to high prices for energy and raw materials Credit problems have led company to go out of business

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media–December 2007 LAYOFF/STAFF REDUCTION DATE FEBRUARY 27, 2007 FEBRUARY 16, 2007 FEBRUARY 5, 2007 FEBRUARY 2, 2007 APRIL 1, 2007 MARCH 2007 JANUARY 2, 2007 COMPANY AND LOCATION Bennigan’s Milford & Hamden Town & Country Middletown Madison’s Shelton Tribune Company Hartford & New Haven The Hartford Financial Hartford Atrium Companies, Inc. Shelton Mortgage Lenders Network Middletown A.J. Wright Manchester Bayer West Haven New Haven Copper Co. Seymour The Timken Co. Torrington General Electric Bridgeport Wachovia Corp. Waterbury Unilver Greenwich Westinghouse Electric New Britain Pfizer Groton PanAmSat Holding Wilton PRINCIPAL PRODUCT Restaurants Auto dealership Restaurant & banquet hall Television stations Insurer Windows and doors Sub-prime lender Retail store Pharmaceutical Copper mill Precision bearings Appliance switches Financial services Soap and detergent Control systems Pharmaceuticals Data and voice communication WORKERS INVOLVED 77 85 30 11 110 60 800

COMMENTS Restaurants have closed due to a decline in business Business is reorganizing Lack of funding has led to closing of restaurant Technological changes will reduce the need for workers Data center jobs are being outsourced to IBM Facility is closing due to unfavorable market conditions Slowing housing market has led to rising defaults by borrowers Store is closing Research operation is closing Reduced demand for copper will lead to the plants closing Operations are being transferred to Ohio and New Hampshire Building is closing Wholesale mortgage operation is shutting down Office closing will outweigh expansion in Trumbull Workload is declining, so operations will be phased out Company will phase out manufacturing operations Office is closing as a result of merger with Intelsat Ltd.

SOURCE New Haven Register 3/1/07 Hartford Courant 2/21/07 Connecticut Post 2/13/07 Hartford Courant 2/3/07 Hartford Courant 1/24/07 New Haven Register 1/10/07 Hartford Courant 1/3/07

JANUARY 2007 MARCH 2008 2007 2007 FALL 2007 JANUARY 2007 MID 2007 JANUARY 2007 2007 JUNE 2007

45 1,000 50 88 32 70 100 58 300 129

Manchester Journal Inquirer 12/6/06 WTNH-Channel 8, 11/9/06 Hartford Courant 11/30/06 Hartford Courant 11/28/06 Connecticut Post 11/13/06 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican 11/28/06 Hartford Courant 10/26/06 New Britain Herald 9/14/06 Norwich Bulletin 6/20/06 Stamford Advocate 6/2/06

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media–December 2007 LAYOFF/STAFF REDUCTION DATE MARCH 2007 COMPANY AND LOCATION Lego Group Enfield PRINCIPAL PRODUCT Plastic building blocks WORKERS INVOLVED 300

COMMENTS Production is being shifted to Mexico

SOURCE WTNH-Channel 8, 6/20/06

INA* -- Information not available or not known This publication is prepared by Joseph Slepski, Research Analyst, of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Research, and is available on our Web site, If you have any questions regarding this publication, please call Joseph Slepski at (860) 263-6278. December 20, 2007

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research


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