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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Region a star in Hallmark holiday movie

THE BULLETIN (November 6, 2019) — A lot of scenes in “Holiday for Heroes” are going to look very familiar when the Gavner family gathers around the television in their Colchester home to watch the Hallmark premiere on Friday.

The antique colonial on Jurach Road was one of several locations in southeastern Connecticut chosen by Synthetic Cinema International producer Andrew Gernhard for his latest release on the popular cable channel.

The movie arm of the Hallmark greeting card company is known for traditional, family-friendly love stories with a seasonal focus.

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Southeastern Connecticut looks to future in opportunity zones, port, casinos

THE DAY (October 31, 2019) — Local economic development officials spoke positively of the inaugural conference on opportunity zones the state held Wednesday, a topic that also came up at the New England Real Estate Journal’s inaugural Connecticut Summit held Thursday at Mohegan Sun.

Development projects on tracts included in the federal Opportunity Zone Program are eligible for federal tax incentives for investors. Connecticut has 72 opportunity zones, including three in New London, three in Norwich and one in Groton.

In between summit sessions Thursday, New London Planning Director Felix Reyes told The Day the insight that stuck with him the most came from Erik Johnson, his counterpart in Hartford: The opportunity zone is not about a grand slam or a $500 million development, but starting with one developer and one project.

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Videos promoting Norwich shown to council, public

THE DAY (October 21, 2019) — The city’s plans to bring new residents and business by marketing itself were presented Monday to the City Council and public.

Highlights of the half-hour presentation was the showing of four short videos produced this year by Miranda Creative, a Norwich brand marketing firm.

Maria Miranda, the firm’s owner and creative director, presented them as part of an overall marketing strategy funded by $25,000 in the city’s budget last year and this year.

The theme of all four videos is “City on the Rise,” she said.

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Departing Stonington planning director Jason Vincent returning to NCDC in Norwich

THE DAY (October 11, 2019) — Jason Vincent’s planning career will take another U-turn along Route 2 next week, when he returns to the Norwich Community Development Corp., days after his resignation as Stonington planning director.

NCDC President Robert Mills announced Friday that Vincent has been hired as senior vice president at NCDC, rejoining the Norwich economic development agency he left in January 2016 to become director of planning in Stonington. Vincent is a professional planner with more than two decades of experience in the public and private sectors, including four years at NCDC previously. He starts in the new position on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

“Many of us in Norwich always hoped that Jason’s career path would return him to our community,” Mills said in a news release announcing Vincent’s hiring. “Without a doubt, Jason has a personal, vested interest in the future of Norwich and we fully expect him to bring his array of exceptional skills and incredible passion to this position.”

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Mills sees potential for Norwich in State Pier ideas

THE DAY (October 2, 2019) — At the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Business Breakfast on Wednesday, Robert Mills, the president of the Norwich Community Development Corporation, expressed interest in the Connecticut Port Authority’s (CPA) plan for expansion on the deepwater port in New London, and he wanted to see if any of those insights are applicable to Norwich.

Mills is interested in development of land along the Thames River basin, including land in Norwich.

The speaker at the breakfast was David Kooris, acting chair of the CPA and the deputy commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The focus of the CPA portion of the talk was the State Pier in New London, and how they plan to make New London a hub for assembling, and eventually manufacturing, offshore wind turbines.

Mills said that the land will “remain underutilized until the issues you’re addressing at the pier can be applied elsewhere.”

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