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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: December 29, 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. December 2017 Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media PDF
Startups and Expansions in December 2017

Hawaiian seafood restaurant coming

Poke, pronounced po-kay, is a Hawaiian raw seafood salad that is becoming increasingly popular in the United States through a chain of island-inspired restaurants called Pokeworks. And Wilton will be the next town to get a Pokeworks restaurant, according to action of the Planning and Zoning Commission on Dec. 11.  The chain has locations all over the United States, according to the website, It was founded in 2015.

Tequila Revolucion to open next week in Fairfield

The restaurant is owned by Nicho Guevara and Ryan Gillespie, who were formerly the head chef and bartender at Tequila Mockingbird in New Canaan, respectively. Tequila Revolucion is based at the former site of Wilson's Holy Smoke BBQ, which closed in August 2016 after a 12-year run.

The Spread slated for Tuesday Greenwich opening

The five co-owners behind Norwalk's The Spread and El Segundo plan to open a second Spread location in downtown Greenwich on Tuesday. With this week's restaurant opening, the owners , chef Carlos Baez, Andrey Cortes, Chris Hickey, Shawn Longyear and Chris Rasile, hope their industrial rustic design featuring a 70-foot bar and chef's table will set the backdrop for a dynamic culinary experience.

Big Y coming to former Walmart site in Derby

Big Y Foods Inc. is coming to the city, with plans to open a World Class Market in the former Walmart Plaza on New Haven Avenue. That's according to a press release issued Wednesday from corporate headquarters that said ,a 60,000-square-foot grocery store is slated to open sometime in 2019, bring in 150 new jobs and a $5 million investment in the shopping center, located at 656 New Haven Road, or Route 34.

Federal grant to help Bridgeport hire more police officers

Officials in Bridgeport say they will be adding 15 new officers to the police force, thanks to a nearly $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant comes at a time when the number of homicides in the city is on the rise, around double of last year at this time. Bridgeport's police chief says the extra manpower will lead to fewer crimes in the coming year. The $1.9 million grant comes through a Department of Justice program that supports the hiring of police officers for crime prevention.

Malloy Touts Investment In Arkansas-Based Company

Arkansas-based SCA Pharmaceuticals opened its new location in Windsor last week and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited the facility Monday to help cut the ribbon and make it official. News media were not allowed to tour the facility or watch the ribbon cutting due to what the company described as "security concerns." The pharmaceutical compounding facility, which plans to produce 10 million doses next year, is leasing 90,000 square feet of space off Rainbow Road approximately two-minutes from Bradley International Airport. The proximity to the airport was a key factor in its decision to open a production facility in Windsor.

Fitness center chain coming to Guilford

Orangetheory Fitness is opening a new facility in the Guilford Center, near the intersection of Boston Post Road and Church Street. The fitness center is moving into a 3,450-square-foot storefront in the center, which already is home to a CVS drug store, Super Cuts and a Pet Value pet store. Orangetheory Fitness is the second new tenant to commit to opening in the retail center: the Guilford Coffee House recently agreed to move into space there, according to officials with RHYS, a Stamford-based commercial real estate firm that represented the property's landlord, Finast Acquisition.

Layoffs and Staff Reductions in December 2017

Noble to cut dozens of local jobs

Embattled commodities trader Noble Group is planning this month to lay off 84 local employees of the oil-liquids business it has agreed to sell. The layoff notice was received last Friday by the state Department of Labor. Affected positions at Noble Americas Corp.'s downtown offices, at 107 Elm St., include accountants, analysts, managers, senior vice presidents and traders. The cuts are scheduled to be made by Dec. 31. The job cuts reflect a period of major upheaval for Noble, which is headquartered in Hong Kong.

GE lays off digital innovation team members in Norwalk

General Electric is cutting 80 jobs in Norwalk, its last major office center in southwestern Connecticut, affecting workers in its GE Digital unit that among other goals is attempting to link industrial systems to Internet-based controls. Last year, GE moved some 500 employees to Norwalk from its former headquarters in Fairfield, after moving 200 senior executives to Boston, where it is now based, also relocating Stamford workers to Norwalk. The conglomerate disclosed the job cuts in a filing with the Connecticut Department of Labor, with the company not responding immediately Monday to a Hearst Connecticut Media request for information.

Knights of Columbus to close New Haven printing plant

The Knights of Columbus is closing its Meadow Street printing plant next spring, officials with organization confirmed Friday. The facility, which is located behind the city's police headquarters, once printed 350,000 books for a papal Mass that was said by Pope Francis in September 2015. The decision to close the facility is part of an ongoing effort by the New Haven-based organization to eliminate inefficiencies and invest areas that will support its future operations, according to a statement released Friday by Joseph Cullen, a spokesman for the Knights of Columbus.

StubHub's East Granby layoffs to begin Dec. 1

U.S. ticket reseller StubHub has informed the state it will officially start closing its East Granby office Dec. 1 with an initial round of layoffs before closing completely in 2018. The Connecticut Department of Labor posted the updated closing information to its WARN listing Tuesday. The ticket outlet said in May it would move 197 jobs in East Granby to Salt Lake City, Utah. StubHub says it has 540,000 Connecticut users who sell or buy tickets online. In an emailed statement, StubHub said its Center of Excellence for Customer Experience and Trust Operations will move to Salt Lake City when its lease expires in East Granby in 2018.

Bankrupt Toys 'R' Us Weighs Closing at Least 100 Stores

Toys 'R' Us Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in September, is considering closing at least 100 U.S. stores in the face of weak holiday sales, according to people with knowledge of the situation. U.S. sales have declined about 15 percent this Christmas-shopping season from a year earlier, according to people recently briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified because the information isn't public. The number of closed stores could reach approximately 200, one of the people said, but no decision has been made.

In 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

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

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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