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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: May 31, 2019
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. May 2019 Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media PDF
Startups and Expansions in May 2019

Sikorsky gets $1.1B contract for Marine helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft received a $1.1 billion contract to build a dozen CH-53K King Stallion helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps, with nearly half the work slated for its Stratford headquarters.

Major Development Pitched For Milford, 123 New Jobs Proposed

AAA Northeast, Inc. is seeking to construct a "regional fleet service center with offices" on Rowe Avenue, which would lead to the hiring of 123 employees, the Milford Mirror reports. The company would build a 11,340-square-foot facility and a warehouse as part of the project. The facility would be used to service AAA vehicles along with other operations. The development would include 146 parking spaces. The applicant stated that the project would be very good for the city as it adds jobs and creates significant tax revenue for Milford too.

Hartford nonprofit seeking employers to hire 200 students

Hartford nonprofit Community Renewal Team (CRT) is seeking businesses in the city to hire some 200 students in its annual summer youth employment program. CRT, in partnership with Hartford's Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), a jobs-training organization serving the north-central Connecticut region, is asking employers of all sizes to participate in the five-week program that connects students ages 15 to 21 to paid jobs.

Two Hartford eateries bow Wednesday

Two new Hartford restaurants open Wednesday in the city's revitalized Parkville neighborhood. Chosen 1 Cajun Seafood and G's Steaks & Grinders will debut at noon in leased space at 2074 Park St., near Bartholomew Street.

Simsbury solar site sold for $7.7M

Approximately 280 acres of Simsbury farmland has been sold for $7.7 million to house a solar-electricity facility, the seller says. According to The Hartford Courant, the Simsbury site has won support from energy agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for the solar facility that Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind wants to build despite the objection of Connecticut energy authorities.

Idaho insurtech lands in downtown Hartford

An Idaho-based provider of digital life insurance platforms says it's opened a second corporate office in downtown Hartford's Boat Building. Covr Financial Technologies, headquartered in Boise, ID, on Thursday afternoon announced it's adding about 15 jobs at 1 American Row, which is also occupied by Hartford insurer Nassau Re and its newly minted insurtech incubator program. Covr says it's moving its executive office, marketing, sales and predictive analytics/product management teams to the space due to the Capital City's strong insurance and insurtech presence.

Layoffs and Staff Reductions in May 2019

Union: Cafeteria workers to be laid off at Stamford RBS building

About 35 cafeteria workers at the Royal Bank of Scotland-owned office building at 600 Washington Blvd. are set to be laid off Friday, a move that is connected to the property's imminent sale, according to the union that represents those employees. Officials in the Unite Here union's Local 217 chapter largely blamed the job losses on Rubenstein Partners, the Philadelphia-based real investment firm whom they said would be buying the downtown property from RBS. They also faulted the workers' employer, Manhattan-based Restaurant Associates, whose food-services contract at 600 Washington is ending.

Max Amore Ristorante in Glastonbury to Close

Max Amore Ristorante in Glastonbury, part of the Max Restaurant Group, is closing for good at the end of June. The company confirmed they would by closing the Italian eatery on June 30, and that there are plans for a new restaurant at a different location in Glastonbury. Max Amore was opened in 1995. Max Restaurant Group Richard Rosenthal said the restaurant experience has hardly changed over the years and that it's time to do something new. Rosenthal also mentioned issues coming to terms on another long-term lease.

Dressbarn Closing All Stores

Dressbarn was founded in Connecticut nearly 60 years ago, and now shoppers are devastated to hear that its closing all of its doors for good. "I'm just devastated this is the one place where I can find jeans that fit me and I just feel so sad," said Jackie Doyle from Enfield. On Monday, Ascena, the company that owns Dressbarn and other brands like LOFT, Lane Bryant and Ann Taylor, announces it's closing all 650 of its Dressbarn and Roz & Ali stores, saying in a press release that they want to focus on their most profitable brands. Fred McKinney from Quinnipiac University's School of Business says the closure does not come as a surprise.

AT&T sets Meriden layoffs amid nixed bill protecting call-center jobs

Global telecommunications giant AT&T in August will begin its first round of layoffs at three Meriden call centers, which are set to close by year-end, according to a state Department of Labor filing. AT&T will terminate 46 of the 89 Meriden call-center jobs it plans to cut this year beginning Aug. 2, AT&T Connecticut President John R. Emra said in a recent WARN notice filed with the state labor unit.. The notice is required by federal law for employers to provide advance notice of major closings and layoffs. AT&T originally announced the impending layoffs in late February, informing affected employees they would be terminated unless they relocated to AT&T offices in Tennessee or Georgia. The August cuts will include 24 network technicians and 10 tech analysts based at AT&T's facility at 84 Deerfield Lane, Emra said. Most, if not all, of those employees are represented by labor union Communications Workers-America (CWA), which slammed the company at several protests in recent months.

Norwalk company starts year with 700+ job cuts

Frontier Communications cut another 735 jobs in first three months of 2019, with the broadband carrier's shares plunging Wednesday even as its CEO continued to promise a turnaround amid declining subscriber counts. Frontier is based in Norwalk with its regional operations center in New Haven, employing more than 3,000 people in Connecticut at last report.

WARN Notices for May 2019

Durham School Services(Shelton) 5-22-19.pdf

DATTCO (Bethel) 5-23-19.pdf

AT&T Call Center (Meriden).pdf

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