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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: June 28, 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. June 2019 Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media PDF
Startups and Expansions in June 2019

Amazon Will Soon Hire 1,800 Full-Time Employees at New Fulfillment Center in North Haven

Facility Will Become Amazon's Fourth Facility in Connecticut; Company Currently Has More Than 2,000 Employees in the State

The North Haven facility, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open this summer, will become the company's second fulfillment center in Connecticut and fourth location in the state overall. Amazon first launched operations in the state in 2016 with a fulfillment center in Windsor, which currently employs more than 1,500 full-time workers. The company also has a sortation center in Wallingford, a delivery station in Bristol, and an Amazon Air Hub in Hartford. In total, Amazon currently employs more than 2,000 people in Connecticut. In November 2018, Amazon announced that it was increasing the minimum wage for all of its employees - fulltime, part time, and seasonal - to $15 an hour.

Hiring for the North Haven fulfillment center will begin next month. Candidates who are interested in learning more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center should visit

Target to hire nearly 100 employees for new Bishops Corner location

Get those resumes ready because Target is looking to hire nearly 100 employees for the new Bishops Corner location in West Hartford. The 'small-format' Target store will open on August 18th. The company has already started the hiring process. "We are building a talented team of nearly 100 new team members who will help us deliver a helpful shopping experience to the residents of West Hartford and neighboring areas. At Target, we value the people who help us serve the local community, and we look forward to growing our team while providing them meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills for their careers," said Sarah Woodcock, store director, Target. Target has recently been prioritizing small-format stores to serve guests in more urban areas, dense suburban neighborhoods, and near college campuses - areas where a full-sized Target wouldn't fit.

New Haven IBD startup raises $12M

With $12 million in initial funding, Artizan Biosciences has established a lab in New Haven's Science Park complex where the startup is developing a platform to identify bacteria that cause inflammatory bowel disease and treatments for patients. Artizan is a 2016 spinoff of Yale University based on the work of Yale School of Medicine immunobiology researcher Richard Flavell and colleagues Noah Palm and Marcel de Zoete. Artizan backers include Johnson & Johnson and Elm Street Ventures in New Haven.

Layoffs and Staff Reductions in June 2019

Hubbell to close its largest Connecticut factory, in Newtown

Connecticut is losing another piece of its industrial heritage, this time an electrical components factory of Hubbell Inc. in Newtown, which employs 140 people. The plant, Shelton-based Hubbell's largest in its home state, will close over the next six months . The Newtown plant, which opened in 1960, makes commercial and industrial wiring devices. Most of the work will move to a larger Hubbell facility in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. Most of the work at the Burndy plant, which Hubbell acquired in 2009, will move to Alabama.

Bristol-based Theis Precision Steel USA to lay off most of its workforce

Theis Precision Steel USA will be laying off 30 of its 35 employees. "It is our understanding that the group that purchased Theis about 5 years ago has recently reduced operations," said Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, who confirmed the number of layoffs. Tuesday, the mayor and Executive Director of the Bristol Development Authority Justin Malley talked to both the UAW Local 712 leadership and the Theis ownership to assess needs for displaced workers who are not yet pension eligible, as well as coordinating information on retraining and employment programs as well as suggestions for health insurance options for those employees who are losing benefits on June 30.

Hamden manufacturer sold to Ohio company

TPC Wire & Cable has acquired EZ Form Cable, a Hamden maker of coaxial cable and connectors used in wireless radio-frequency and microwave systems for defense, space and communications among other applications. TPC did not state what it paid for EZ Form, with TPC backed by the Boston-based Audax Private Equity investment firm. TPC is based in Macedonia, Ohio, with the company focused on cables and assemblies designed to outlast ordinary cable in harsh environments where the cost to undertake repairs is significantly higher.

Gun manufacturer Stag Arms is leaving New Britain

Gun manufacturer Stag Arms announced on Friday that it is leaving New Britain. The company, which manufactures AR-15-style rifles, said it will relocate somewhere that offers "significant support for the firearms industry." Following the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy, former Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy banned the sale of military style guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines, which Stag Arms opposed. According to statements released by Mayor Erin Stewart's office and Stag Arms, the location of Stag's new headquarters has not been finalized. The decision to relocate was made by the company's board of directors.

Red Robin closing 2 Connecticut restaurants

If you shop at the Connecticut Post Mall or the Danbury Mall, you won't be able to take a burger break at Red Robin anymore. The restaurant chain is closing its locations in Milford and Danbury. On a conference call Thursday, the company said it is dealing with struggling sales.Connecticut's remaining Red Robin locations are in West Hartford, Manchester, and Enfield.

WARN Notices for June 2019

Burndy LLC (Bethel) 5-31-19.pdf

Lincoln National Corporation (Rocky Hill) 6-24-19.pdf

Hubbell Lighting Inc. (Newtown) 6-25-19.pdf

In Department News

2019 Connecticut Career Paths

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.

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. 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.

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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