BRISTOL – City officials celebrated the expansion of Novo Precision into the former Berchert Bros. building adjacent to them, doubling the square footage of their business and planning to hire as they begin new product lines.
The new building at 175 Dolphin Road when combined with Novo’s original building at 150 Dolphin Road represents an expansion from 20,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet. Machining and assembling will take place in the new building while wire and cable will be handled at the original building.
Owner Bill Hazard said that Novo Precision has been in Bristol since 1981. He bought the building four years ago when there were 20 people employed. Hazard then grew the number of employees to 40. This recent expansion, he said, took approximately a year. Now that it is complete, he said Novo Precision currently has four to five open positions.
“We’re launching a couple new products, which we are assembling for a Connecticut HVAC company, and we will be hiring in January as well,” said Hazard. “Bristol has been a good place to hire people. City officials have been very business friendly, easy to work with and accessible.”
During the ribbon cutting, Hazard said that he was looking forward to continued growth in the next few years.
Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, said that manufacturing is “the life-blood of the area.”
“Bristol is fortunate to have a cluster of different types of manufacturing companies, which creates a good atmosphere for the workforce,” she said.
Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said that Novo Precision acquiring this new space “bodes well” for the future of Bristol.
“We are growing our industrial and light manufacturing sector,” she said. “We are seeing a lot of synergy in our industrial parks.”
For more information on Novo Precision, call 860-583-0517 or visit novoprecision.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.