Bristol Economic and Community Development Board of Commissioners approve site plan for Bauer, Inc

Published on Friday, 3 December 2021 17:42
Written by Dean Wright


BRISTOL – The Bristol Economic and Community Development Board of Commissioners approved a site plan and heard upcoming plans for a new 29,000 square foot addition to Bauer, Inc. as the aerospace component test equipment manufacturer expands its producing capabilities.

Bauer COO Mark Auletta was present to share the company’s coming plans with commissioners.

“Bauer is located right next to the Otis elevator tower and we’ve been in Bristol for about 20 years and in greater Hartford for 105 years,” said Auletta. “We were in Farmington for a long time, then Avon and now our home is Bristol. We’re in about 40 to 45,000 square foot building now and we’re putting on a 29,000 square foot addition. All manufacturing space.”

Out of 100 employees, the company has around 40 engineers. On the “shop side,” welders, machinists, electrical and hydraulic assemblers and more.

“We do it all in-house and I estimate with this expansion we’ll be hiring maybe 30 to 40 people over the next few years as we grow our business,” he continued. “It’s really exciting and great to keep things here in Bristol… We’ve been partnering with the city and it’s a win-win for the community.”

Economic and Community Development Executive Director Justin Malley said the board oversees building expansions of this nature because Bauer is located in a city industrial park zone. The expansion required a loading space facing a street and is normally not allowed in the park.

“However, Bauer has no ability to put the loading space on its building because the property is surrounded by wetlands…,” said Malley.

The board ultimately approved the site plan and the exemption for the loading dock’s location.

“We’re here to see that businesses can succeed and want to help them as much as we can in doing that,” said Malley. 

Commissioners asked Auletta when he thought Bauer would start making use of the new space.

“We broke ground a few weeks ago and hope to be in the new space by September 2022,” said Auletta.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 3 December 2021 17:42. Updated: Friday, 3 December 2021 17:45.