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State of Connecticut - Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media
  Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media - State of Connecticut Last Updated: January 31, 2018
This publication lists start-ups, expansions, staff reductions, and layoffs reported by the media, both current and future. The report provides company name, the number of workers involved, date of the action, the principal product or service of the company, a brief synopsis of the action, and the source and date of the media article. January 2018 Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media PDF
Startups and Expansions in January 2018

BlumShapiro merges with Marlborough accounting firm

West Hartford financial services firm BlumShapiro said Tuesday it has merged with Premier Accounting Group of Marlborough, and anticipates expanding its employee base to more than 500 people. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal became effective Monday. In addition to its headquarters in West Hartford, BlumShapiro has offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, said BlumShapiro CEO Joseph A. Kask. Premier will adopt the BlumShapiro name and will remain based out of its existing offices in Marlborough, he said.

Stamford go-karting complex set for 2018 opening

A regional go-karting chain is revving up a new speedway that is set to debut in the city's Waterside section within the next few months. RPM Raceway plans to open in the first half of this year an approximately 90,000-square-foot complex at 600 West Ave., a two-level facility that would mark RPM's first in Connecticut and sixth in total. The site would include two quarter-mile racing tracks, a 14-lane bowling alley, racing simulators, arcade games, and dining and sports bar amenities. The new destination, in a building that formerly housed a FedEx delivery center, would likely create between 75 and 100 jobs, according to RPM Raceway's husband-and-wife owners and founders, Eyal Farage and Karen Davis-Farage.

Entrepreneur fills hole in eclectic-doughnut market

You may have to be crazy to open a restaurant in today's crowded field, but Jason Wojnarowski has found his own niche with Donut Crazy - which, as its name suggests, specializes in "crazy" doughnuts. This month it exited the space it shared with Vietnamese eatery Nom-eez at 2992 Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport's Black Rock neighborhood, having outgrown it. However, the Westport store continues to sell "grab and go" items from Nom-eez and South Norwalk's Match Restaurant and Wojnarowski said a return to Bridgeport could be in the cards. Donut Crazy plans to open two locations in the new year, at 972 Main St. in Branford in January and at 993 Farmington Ave. in West Hartford in the spring. "We try to go where we see demand and from what our customers tell us," he said.

Bullish U.S. mattress makers choose Greater Hartford as Northeast logistics hub

Corsicana Mattress Co. of Texas, among the 10 largest bedding makers in the U.S., has leased 212,000 square feet of the former Fafnir Manufacturing plant in Newington Business Park, to begin mattress production by Feb. 1, at the earliest, said Andrew Brecher, Newington's economic development director. A Corsicana official said the company, which is investing $6 million to $8 million alone in mattress-making equipment for its 11th U.S. manufacturing facility - and its first of potentially more in New England - plans to ramp up to 150 to 160 staffers in two shifts as quickly as possible. Shelbourne Global Solutions LLC is Corsicana's landlord.

Boscov's to replace J.C. Penney in Milford

Even as department stores close across the country, the Connecticut Post mall has found a new anchor tenant to replace the former J.C. Penney. Mall representatives announced that Pennsylvania-based department store Boscov's will be opening its second New England location at the mall in October, bringing with it 300 new jobs. Boscov's also has a store in Meriden. "We're excited to bring the fun and excitement of a Boscov's to the Connecticut Post mall," Boscov's CEO Jim Boscov said in a news release. "We're grateful to their management team for their creative approach, which made it possible for us to add another location in New England. We know that the values and exceptional service Boscov's is known for will be a great fit in the Milford market."

New Haven drugmaker expands presence in Science Park complex

A privately held biopharmaceutical company is adding 30 jobs and taking on an additional 8,500 square feet at its headquarters and research facility in Science Park. Arvinas is expanding from two floors at 5 Science Park to three levels, said John Houston, Arvinas' top executive. The company expects to move into the new space by the end of February, "after work is done sprucing up the offices," Houston said Thursday. Arvinas develops treatments for cancers and other difficult-to-treat diseases. When Arvinas completes its hiring spree, the company's workforce will have expanded from the 45 employees it had at the end of last year to about 75 people, Houston said.

Hartford kitchen cabinet company opens 12th store

Hartford kitchen-cabinet retailer Express Kitchens has opened its 12th store at 1280 East Main St. in Torrington. Owner Max Kothari credits his company's growth to an approach that cuts out the middleman. The company plans to double in size in the first half of 2018, he said. The business maintains more than 30,000 cabinets in 10 door styles in-stock as well as granite, quartz, and laminate countertops and a selection of hardware, faucets, sinks, and accessories. The firm also has a location in Newington, throughout Connecticut, and in West Springfield, Mass.

Layoffs and Staff Reductions in January 2018

Pfizer expects to cut about 100 jobs in Groton

Pfizer has announced that it has decided to halt its neuroscience early development programs mostly concentrated on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. The pharmaceutical company said in a statement Saturday that it will redirect funds "to those areas where we have strong scientific leadership and that will allow us to provide the greatest impact for patients." Pfizer said it anticipates reducing 300 positions in coming months, mostly in Cambridge and Andover, Mass., and in Groton, with about 100 expected at each site.

Layoffs loom at Stamford-based Daymon

Retailing and branding specialist Daymon Worldwide could lay off more than 50 local employees as the company restructures following a merger. Last November, Daymon said it would join with Irvine, Calif.-based Advantage Solutions, which specializes in business solutions for consumer-goods manufacturers and retailers. As part of the agreement, the current equity investors in Daymon would become part owners of the holding company for Advantage and appoint members to its board of directors. Daymon would continue to operate as a separate legal entity.

Sam's Club locations in Orange and Manchester to close as part nationwide cutback in stores

More than 300 people will lose their jobs - and some area warehouse-club members potentially left in the lurch - when the Sam's Club stores in Orange and Manchester close their doors Jan. 26. Officials with Sam's Club told the Connecticut Department of Labor Thursday they will close the warehouse club in those two locations later this month, in a move that will leave 306 people out of work. The Orange store, which is located 2 Boston Post Road, employs 155 people, with the remainder of workers based out of the Manchester store, according to notice filed with the state Labor Department. State officials have not been notified of any plans to close the Newington location of Sam's Club. Both the Orange and Manchester stores were closed Thursday as officials with the Bentonville, Arkansas, company, which is a subsidiary of retail giant Walmart, notified the workers of their fate.

New Milford braces for details on Kimberly-Clark layoff plan

Kimberly-Clark, the maker of personal care products such as Kleenex and Scott paper towels, announced Tuesday it would cut 5,000 to 5,500 jobs and close 10 manufacturing facilities. The status of the company's plant in New Milford remained uncertain Tuesday as the company did not provide specifics on the layoffs or closures other than to say in a release: "The program is expected to broadly impact all of the company's business segments and organizations in each major geography." Kimberly-Clark has operated a tissue mill in New Milford since the late 1950s. It employs about 350 people, making it one of the town's largest employers.

Struggling Toys 'R' Us Will Close 182 Stores, Including 4 In Connecticut

Toys "R" Us, a nostalgic favorite even as many shoppers moved to Amazon and huge chains like Walmart, plans to close up to 182 stores, or about 20 percent of its U.S. locations. The company that once dominated toy sales in the U.S. has been operating under bankruptcy protection since last fall, when it filed for Chapter 11 under the weight of $5 billion in debt. Toys "R" Us operates about 900 stores in the U.S., including Babies "R" Us stores.  In Connecticut, the closings include stores in Newington, Manchester North Haven amd Waterbury.

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