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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: October 31, 2017
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. October2017 Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media PDF
Startups and Expansions in October2017Startups and Expansions in October 2017:
  • Amazon Hiring 1,000 In State For Holiday Season ~ The holiday hiring push by Seattle-based Amazon will nearly double the more than 125,000 regular, full-time employees already working at Amazon's more than 75 centers across the country to help pack and ship customers' holiday orders. In Connecticut, Amazon operates a sortation center in Wallingford and a fulfillment center, or warehouse, in Windsor.
  • Charter relocating insurance division to Connecticut ~ Charter Communications would further expand its Connecticut footprint by locating its entire captive insurance operations in the state. "As a Stamford-headquartered business, Charter is pleased to bring our insurance captives to the state of Connecticut," Catherine Bohigian, Charter's executive vice president of government affairs, said in a statement. "As Charter continues to grow in Connecticut, we look forward to furthering economic opportunities in the state."
  • Canadian biopharma startup opens Guilford office ~ A Canadian startup that specializes in neurological disease treatments has chosen Guilford as the home of its first U.S. office. The biopharmaceutical company, Bioasis Technologies Inc., has developed a proprietary technology, called xB3, to deliver medicines across the blood-brain barrier, described as the single greatest challenge to treating brain cancers, neurodegenerative diseases and other central nervous system disorders. CEO Mark Day said establishing a strong U.S. presence was "an important next step" in the company's evolution.
  • Three Aerospace Firms Bring 200 Employees To Downtown Middletown ~ Three aerospace engineering firms have recently signed leases for office space in downtown Middletown, bringing more than 200 new workers into the city's central core. Mayor Daniel Drew said the three firms are Belcan, QuEST Global, and Cyient. Belcan has moved into the former National Paint building at the corner of Washington Street and deKoven Drive. QuEST Global and Cyient moved into space in the upper floors of the Main Street Market building within the last two weeks.
  • Ultimate Companies comes to Plymouth ~ The Ultimate Companies is the parent company of Ultimate Wireforms Inc., which manufactures orthodontic wires, springs, and auxiliary products. Its manufacturing facility is currently located in the old Boys Club building, 200 Central St., Forestville. The company is planning to build a 30,000-square-foot facility, employing about 80 people, on six acres spread across Lots 2, 3, and 5 on Swicklas Court. The Ultimate Companies got its start in 1988 and spent three of its early years at 88 Harwinton Ave. before moving to Forestville. In addition to Ultimate Wireforms, it now has a subsidiary in Brazil - Ultimate do Brasil.
  • Restaurant giant announces 1,200 open jobs in Connecticut ~ McDonald's announced plans to hire 1,200 people in Connecticut during the 2017 holiday season in Connecticut, using a Snapchat mobile phone application it credited with increasing applications 35 percent during its summer hiring window. McDonald's has some 60 locations in southwestern Connecticut, with several in the process of being overhauled for new ordering and customer service features. The company lists potential openings online at McDonalds.com/careers.
  • Stamford mayor welcomes "exciting" biotech firm to city ~ Sema4, a genomic testing company spun off earlier this year from the Mount Sinai Health System in Manhattan, announced Wednesday its arrival in Stamford with a press conference featuring Mayor David Martin. Last month, the company opened its headquarters in 28,000 square feet in the office complex at 333 Ludlow St., where it employs about 75. The new headquarters complements a laboratory Sema4 opened about two years ago in Branford, where it employs about 50. In total, the company has about 385 employees, with the remainder based in Manhattan.
Layoffs and Staff Reductions in October2017Layoffs and Staff Reductions in October 2017:
  • Court documents reveal owners of Apricots may have been facing financial troubles ~ Following the abrupt closing of popular restaurant Apricots Restaurant & Pub, court documents showed that the owners may have been facing some financial trouble. Apricots owner Ann Howard said they are closing for renovations and re-branding. The restaurant was chained shut Thursday, with a sign reading, "Closed till further notice." Town of Farmington property records show no recent notice of sale for the property. Town Manager Kathleen Eagen said the town did not get any advanced notice of the closing or confirmation from Apricots that they have officially closed. The owner of Apricots in Farmington indicates plans to reopen in January.
  • More layoffs planned at RBS' Stamford offices ~ Royal Bank of Scotland plans to lay off 43 employees in December, continuing cuts that have eliminated several hundred local positions in the past two years. The latest round affects positions in areas include IT, operations and finance.
In Department NewsIn Department News:
  • State of Connecticut Career Posters - Job Journeys - For those seeking more information before making a career choice, the Department's "Job Journeys" posters can serve as a valuable resource. "We want every jobseeker, student, career counselor, teacher, education and training administrator and workforce professional in the state to know about our series of Job Journey posters," notes State Labor Commissioner Scott D. Jackson. "These colorful, at-a-glance illustrations of the jobs found in each of Connecticut's 16 career clusters include pay and education information, related jobs,and how they measure up as an "in-demand' career."

  • Connecticut Career Paths: 2017 - Your personal guide to career decision-making. www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/careerpaths.asp
    This publication is created to provide you the information about the skills and training to prepare yourself for a successful career in one of over 340 occupations in the state. For each of the occupations included in the Career Table, information is provided on number employed, job openings, education and training requirements and the earning potential for your chosen field.
  • Manufacturing and other Middle skills Jobs - www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/CTManufacturingJobs.asp
    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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