BRISTOL - Bristol officials welcomed Jo-Vek Tool & Die Manufacturing Co. with a ribbon cutting to celebrate their move to a new location on Birch Street. The 65-year-old company now aims to expand in Bristol.
Jo-Vek began in Waterbury, where the grandfather of the current owner, Frank Longo, started it in his basement. The progressive stamping and deep draw stamping company then passed to Longo’s father before Longo bought it from his father in 2011.
Along with his business partner Paul DeLeo, Longo took over the old manufacturing building at 474 Birch St. in November, 2016.
They then underwent an extensive renovation process as they transported their machines over from the old location.
“We have had our eye on this property for a while,” said Longo. “We developed a good relationship with the Bristol Development Authority and its director, Justin Malley, and closed on the property in August of last year.”
“The building was basically blighted,” said DeLeo. “We put in a new roof, fully painted it and put in a new epoxy floor on the machine floor. We don’t have anything that could cause contamination, but we wanted to be extra careful.”
Jo-Vek Tool & Die Manufacturing Co. went from a 9,600-square-foot location in Waterbury which was divided into 1,200-square-foot bays to having 22,500-square-feet of space at the current location including office space. The company currently employs eight people, but Longo said that he aims to grow this number as well as eventually expand.
“Any time you are able to keep a business open for three generations is very special,” said Longo. “We really do hope to make it grow and the Bristol Development Authority has made it so much easier for us.”
“I met Frank and Paul a year-and-a-half ago and was very inspired to see two young people determined to grow their manufacturing business,” said Malley. “This was a property that was on the brink of foreclosure, it owed back taxes for several years. It was very much in our best interests to help Jo-Vek turn it around. We’ll not only recoup the back taxes but there is also room to expand.”
“I’m very excited to have another company moving in,” said Mayor Ken Cockayne. “This administration has been very aggressive with economic development. This was a building that was borderline blighted and now it is home to another company that will bring in more jobs.”
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