Business Spotlight: Nalas Engineering

Nalas Engineering Services, Inc. started as a chemical engineering and chemistry contract research organization offering scalable solutions for critical materials for the US DoD and DoE. Being in close proximity to the many New England based Pharma and biotech companies, they were able to expand its customer base into this sector, as well as petroleum and other specialty chemical companies. In 2015, Nalas established a kilo-lab for scale-up of intermediate quantities of non-commodity chemical products.

Nalas Engineering Services, Inc. is located in the business park, at 1 Winnenden Road, Norwich CT. The industrial property offers 75,000 SF on 24 acres offering limitless possibilities for future expansion and growth.

The Nalas facility, purchased in December 2018 through financial assistance of the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (CT DECD), is just off of 395 and not far from I-95—a convenient drive for many customers based in the New England area. The Norwich manufacturing facility allows for operations expansion into commercial production with a focus on advanced and sustainable manufacturing. Nalas is a Corning certified laboratory, offering onsite training and product demonstrations for Corning’s Advanced-Flow Reactor (AFR) platform. At Norwich, they will be offering more training capabilities to its customers, local colleges and inquiring vendors.

Nalas offers wide expertise and capabilities which allows quick demonstrations for a technology or provision of rapid process development solutions for transition back to their customers. Their customers often visit the facility to witness their optimized processes, receive training on tools or certain state of the art equipment, or training in areas of expertise such as process safety, continuous processing, crystallization, and even drying.

Through the support of the DoD SBIR program, Nalas has been researching low-cost chemistry to produce CL-20 – the most powerful explosive known to man! The company is excited about this research initiative and the potential contributions to the DoD.

Being centrally located in CT, Nalas also plans for its new home to become a future site for chemical engineering and chemistry STEM programs tailored for local high school and college students. In collaboration with the State of CT and its university system, we plan to offer trainings and workshops designed to develop the state’s next generation of scientists and engineers, building a pipeline of talent that they hope will seek jobs within CT. 

The Norwich facility has since been undergoing extensive renovations, and there are plans to launch an advanced manufacturing arm of the business in 2020 once renovations are complete. 

Nalas has steadily grown since its inception in 2008, averaging 50 employees in just the last decade. This number includes year-round interns and co-op opportunities, which Nalas is committed to investing in—keeping young scientists in CT. It was with the relocation to Norwich that affords Nalas the opportunity to double their workforce in the next 10 years.

Learn more about Nalas at www.nalasengineering.com, or connect with them on LinkedIn or Facebook. Prefer something more personal? Call Nalas at 860-581-8477 and ask to schedule a tour or speak with CEO Jerry Salan, President Dave am Ende, or CTO Matt Jorgensen.

Nordson manufacturing plant plans big expansion in Norwich

THE DAY (February 7, 2020) — Local and regional economic development officials on Friday cheered the submission of plans for the long-awaited manufacturing expansion by Nordson EFD LLC in the Norwich Business Park, expected to bring a variety of manufacturing jobs to the region.

Nordson, the former Plas-Pak Industries, manufactures precision measuring and dispensing devices for medical and manufacturing uses at its plant at 10 Connecticut Ave. in the Stanley Israelite Norwich Business Park. The company submitted plans this week for a 53,880-square-foot, or 37%, expansion to the existing 142,782-square-foot building.

The expansion plans come as the Concentra Urgent Care Center moved out of the building to the former Shoeniverse shoe store at 315 W. Main St.

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City of Norwich Receives Grant Extension and Seeks Additional Sites for Brownfield Assessments

In late 2016, the City of Norwich was awarded a $384,000 brownfields assessment grant ($185,000 for petroleum sites and $199,000 for hazard substance sites) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The funding allows the City, utilizing its consultant Tighe & Bond, to perform Phase I through Phase III environmental assessments and remediation planning on an undetermined number of commercial and non-residential sites through-out the City. Recently, the City was notified by EPA that the grant would be extended for an additional nine-months, to September 30, 2020, to continue to provide no-cost environmental assessments for brownfield sites that qualify. In response to this announcement, the City is continuing to solicit interest in the program from owners who are actively looking to redevelop their property in the near future.

Norwich, a city with significant industrial heritage, encourages remediation and redevelopment of brownfields sites to contribute to its overall improved health and the vitality of the community. A “brownfield” is an abandoned, vacant, or underutilized property where redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of contamination. For more information, please contact Deanna Rhodes, AICP, City of Norwich Director of Planning & Neighborhood Services at 860/823-3767 or by email at [email protected]

MelRose Denim leaves Foundry 66 for private studio

THE BULLETIN (February 4, 2020) — When Viking Fuel moved into the former Wonder Hostess Bakery Thriftshop on West Main Street in 2013, there was a lot of work to do on the building. This included fixing the heating and redoing the parking lot. However with so many things to do, owner David Spurgas said addressing the old sign by the road was not on his list of priorities.

“We would sell it, because people tell us it has value,” he said.

Throughout the city, there are numerous signs for businesses that aren’t around anymore. Some are freestanding, like the Wonder Hostess Bakery Thriftshop sign in front of Viking Oil.

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Bell to open new co-working space in downtown Norwich

THE BULLETIN (January 27, 2020) — Robert Bell, owner of Bell Logistics, LLC, has worked from his Norwich home for almost the entire time since establishing his company in 2009. He wanted to get an office space so he “can continue to look like a legitimate business,” while also offering opportunities to other businesses.

The Norwich B2B (Business to Business) Center will open on Saturday. Located at 65 Main St., The B2B Center has room for five offices, with space for one or two employees, a conference room, and a co-working common area. The building the B2B Center is in is not owned by Bell, but is owned by the Norwich Savings Society, LLC.

So far, the B2B center will be occupied by Bell’s company and UNIFY Business Solutions. However, Bell will let other businesses make use of just the common area and the conference room at a cheaper rate than having one of the offices.

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American Systems moving to larger location in Norwich

THE BULLETIN (January 20, 2020) — American Systems says it is moving into a larger home at the Stanley Israelite Business Park in Norwich.

Peter Smith, president and CEO of American Systems, said the company will move from its current 20,000 square foot location at 40 Wisconsin Ave. to 243 Vergason Ave., which is 30,000 square feet. He said the move should be completed by March with no interruption of service during the move.

“We were very pleased to remain in Norwich, and in the same business park,” he said.

Smith said the added space will allow American Systems to add to its labs, manufacturing, packaging, and inventory. Smith wants to add 50 more employees at the Norwich location, for a total of 150 employees.

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FW Webb to open in former Norwichtown Benny’s

THE BULLETIN (January 14, 2020) — Robert Mucciarone, of a wholesale plumbing supply company, has been interested in opening a location in town for a few years.

Now he has a chance.

Mucciarone, the chief operating officer of the Bedford, Mass.-based FW Webb Company, said the business is planning to purchase the former Benny’s building at 33 New London Turnpike to use as a distribution center and warehouse.

The company filed a zoning permit application Friday to renovate the 20,900-square-foot space. Mucciarone hopes to start work on the property in a couple months and to have the project completed by the end of 2020.

Deanna Rhodes, Norwich city planner, said the project includes adding green space in the parking lot, a fenced-in storage area, and new offices.

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Old signs tell business history of Norwich

THE BULLETIN (January 12, 2020) — When Viking Fuel moved into the former Wonder Hostess Bakery Thriftshop on West Main Street in 2013, there was a lot of work to do on the building. This included fixing the heating and redoing the parking lot. However with so many things to do, owner David Spurgas said addressing the old sign by the road was not on his list of priorities.

“We would sell it, because people tell us it has value,” he said.

Throughout the city, there are numerous signs for businesses that aren’t around anymore. Some are freestanding, like the Wonder Hostess Bakery Thriftshop sign in front of Viking Oil.

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Norwich marina to be auctioned this week

THE DAY (December 9, 2019) — A three-day online auction starts at 3 p.m. Tuesday to sell the Marina at American Wharf at Norwich Harbor either in its entirety or broken up into subsections.

The sale could bring to a close the city’s troubled relationship with current owner Joyal Capital Management LLC.

Joyal has had the marina property for sale for the past two years with an asking price of $1.8 million, and prospective buyers have come and gone without completing a deal. Joyal Capital Management now has enlisted the real estate auction firm Tranzon to conduct a three-day online only auction from 3 p.m. Tuesday through 3 p.m. Friday.

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Canggio’s Restaurant owners to open new restaurant/bar in Greeneville

THE DAY (November 29, 2019) — When Julio Cancho and his father, Jose, opened Canggio’s Restaurant & Bar at 20 Lafayette St. in August 2017, Julio quietly set a goal for himself to open three businesses within five years.

Canggio’s, a Peruvian restaurant “with a twist” of modern American cuisine, is doing well, so Julio Cancho started thinking about his second venture. A friend had owned the former Water Works tavern at 685 N. Main St. in Greeneville and offered to sell the business to the Canchos.

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