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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: April 30, 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. April 2018 Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media PDF
Startups and Expansions in April 2018

Post signs lease for store University to move staff into Howland-Hughes by 2019

Post University says it will bring 400 employees to the former Howland-Hughes Department Store building downtown by 2019. Tuesday's announcement is part of a long-anticipated deal in which private developers will buy and renovate the iconic five-story building on Bank Street, then lease to Post University as the primary tenant. Post CEO John L. Hopkins said he signed an 11-year lease late last week. The agreement includes options to extend the deal for up to 10 additional years. Hopkins expects to move employees into the building in November and December. Some will come from offices in Middlebury, others will come from the campus in the city's Country Club neighborhood.

Stamford company's countertop production on the way to Bridgeport

Fordham Marble is bringing more than 100 years of history to Bridgeport. The Stamford-based countertop crafter has purchased the former Norwalk Vault Co. building on 425 Harral Ave. and will move their manufacturing facility there from its current home in the Bronx, N.Y. The 27,058 square-foot building was sold for $607,000. It will employ about 20 people. "We've built a very strong market in the Connecticut-Westchester avenue, and we felt we'd move up to the Bridgeport area which will help service that," owner Mario Sardo said. The sale follows the expansion and relocation of Norwalk Vault to a larger facility in Watertown, according to Alan Fischer of Fischer Real Estate, which represented the buyer and the seller of the Bridgeport building.

Mattress maker opens $100M plant in Connecticut

Serta Simmons Bedding opened a $100 million plant in Windsor Locks where it will make mattresses under its Serta and Beautyrest brands for shipment throughout the Northeast. The 270,000-square-foot facility has a workforce of more than 240 people, many of them having transferred from a former plant in Springfield, Mass. Under its original incentive deal with the state of Connecticut, Serta Simmons Bedding is eligible for $5 million in loan forgiveness if it maintains at least 200 jobs for two years.

Sema4 announces plans for Stamford lab, hundreds of new jobs

Stamford-based genomic testing firm Sema4 is planning to move its laboratory facility from New York City to Stamford and add more than 400 jobs in the state in the next five years, a project that would receive several million dollars in state aid. Announced Thursday, the plan would increase the company's Connecticut contingent to at least 553 employees from the current roster of 136. The expansion would build on the firm's opening last September of its Stamford headquarters in the office complex at 333 Ludlow St., and a Branford laboratory that launched in 2014.

Stamford Home Depot plans for April opening

Stamford's first big-box home-improvement store is set to open its doors by the end of this month on the city's West Side. The Home Depot plans to launch April 26 an approximately 115,000-square-foot home center and 28,000-square-foot garden hub at 1937 W. Main St., near the Greenwich line, according to signs posted on the property. The debut date is earlier than its originally scheduled summer opening. Including Stamford, Home Depot will have 30 stores in Connecticut. The nearest Home Depot locations to Stamford are in Norwalk and Port Chester, N.Y. Other area stores are in Bridgeport, Danbury, Derby, Fairfield, Orange, Stratford and Trumbull.

SoVita Chiropractic expanding to Bristol

Hartford's SoVita Chiropractic will open its seventh office in late April in Bristol. Founder-chiropractor Carlos Boghosian and veteran chiropractor Hugues Valcourt announced the office, formerly Rose Chiropractic Center, at 281 N. Main St., will open April 17 at 10 a.m. Valcourt will head the office. SoVita says it has six Connecticut offices and one franchise location in Pelham, N.H.

Glastonbury fintech moves to larger office, plans expanded workforce

Glastonbury digital payments provider Payrailz announced Tuesday it has moved headquarters to a larger office in response to the company's recent growth. Until last year, that spaced housed administrative offices for United Bank, which consolidated offices there and at nearby 45 Glastonbury Blvd. to about 68,000 square feet in downtown Hartford's Goodwin Square skyscraper. United said at the time it planned to sub-lease its space in both Glastonbury buildings. The expansion, he said, signals Payrailz's efforts to add new employees to the fledgling company and solidify its headquarters in Connecticut.

Layoffs and Staff Reductions in April 2018

Bertucci's closes Manchester, Longmeadow restaurants

The bankrupt Bertucci's Italian Restaurant chain abruptly closed three Connecticut eateries on Monday, including the Manchester restaurant in the Buckland Hills mall. Also closed Monday were restaurants in Southington and Orange, as well as two across the border in Massachusetts, in Longmeadow and West Springfield. The Massachusetts-based chain filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Court status in Delaware on Monday. It continues to operate 59 restaurants, company officials said in a news release. Buckland Hills mall is named in court filings as the sixth of its 20 largest creditors, with nearly $107,000 owed.

Owner Of Lena's, Sully's Pub Confirms Eviction Reason For Closure

Lena's First & Last and Sully's Pub on Hartford's Park Street closed Thursday after being evicted for nonpayment of rent, according to court filings. Owner Darrell Sullivan confirmed the eviction Friday morning, attributing his ongoing financial difficulties in part to family health issues and a failed partnership with former employees he had hoped would take over the business, as well as increasing city taxes. Lena's First & Last, founded in June of 1982, was a Parkville staple for pizzas, pasta, salads and grinders, offering its signature slices, soups and giant garlic rolls during busy lunch hours. Sullivan added the live music spot in the 1990s, first named Sweet Lena's and later christened Sully's Pub, with a seasonal outdoor tiki bar.

Westport's Liberty Army & Navy to close after 70 years in business

Eve Rothbard started working at her parents' Liberty Army & Navy store when she was a child and now, nearly 70 years after it opened, Rothbard will close the business she came to own. Rothsbard's story is not a tragedy of small businesses fallen prey to online retail. Rather, Rothsbard said it's simply time for her to retire and move on to mellower days with her grandchildren. The store will officially close May 31, but items are selling quickly, and at great values, Rothsbard, a Trumbull resident, said.

Danbury's Ridley-Lowell tech school suddenly shutters

Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute, which offers certifications in dental, medical, beauty and electrical fields at five campuses - including one at 44 Shelter Rock Road in Danbury - has suddenly closed. According to a statement on the school's website: "Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute has permanently closed. All campuses and facilities are closed. All classes and programs are cancelled effective immediately." The federal department withdrew its recognition of ACICS accreditation in 2016, a decision which remains under review. Ridley-Lowell - which also has campuses in New London; West Warwick, Rhode Island; and two in Poughkeepsie - is still listed as accredited on the U.S. Department of Education's website.

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Manufacturing and other Middle skills Jobs

A recent publication by the Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research titled, Connecticut's Manufacturing and Other Middle-skills Jobs, was created to inform people seeking work or considering a career change of various employment opportunities. Connecticut areas and industries with the most job postings and related jobs to each occupation are also included in the publication.

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