Budney Aerospace Expansion Backed by Berlin
By Adam Hushin
BERLIN-Budney Aerospace Inc. has elected to remain in Berlin, and has even announced plans to expand their campus.
Back in April of this year the aerospace manufacturing and repair company purchased the old driving range at the corner of New Park Drive and the Berlin Turnpike, despite receiving lots of inquiries to move the business down South.
Kevin Budney, who serves as president and part owner with his wife, says the town has been great to work with.
“The town of Berlin has been great to work with,” Budney said. “They’ve supported us 100 percent.”
Chief Operating Officer Emir Redzic echoed that sentiment.
“We have decided to stay in Connecticut, Berlin has been great,” Redzic said.
Budney Aerospace and Budney Overhaul and Repair are technically two separate businesses that operate within the same facility on New Park Drive. Both companies manufacture or repair components for engine manufacturers like GE, Honeywell, Rolls-Royce, and Pratt & Whitney.
The company has been in Berlin for over 25 years and employs almost 200 people. Budney Aerospace received the 2018 Business of the Year Award from Berlin’s Economic Development Commission.
On Friday, the company announced its plans to expand.
Mayor Mark Kaczynski was in attendance.
“I am so very pleased that the 50-plus year tradition of the Budney family will continue with yet another expansion,” Kaczynski said.
A much smaller expansion was completed last year. This expansion will include a new 60,000-square-foot building with the capabilities of working on much larger projects. This will allow Budney Inc. to diversify their products even more into larger aerospace components including some pieces measuring over 100 inches in diameter and weighing up to 50,000 pounds, Redzic said.
The plans also include a large solar farm that will be able to produce between 80 and 100 percent of the company’s electricity, Budney said.
“Right now we are running out of room,” Redzic said. “Now we’re going to the next step.”
Berlin Director of Economic Development Chris Edge said the expansion was needed, and that the town is more than willing to make it happen.
“They’ve grown beyond the capabilities of their current parcel,” Edge said. “We’re thrilled to death.”
Budney Inc. is a contributor to youth sports, the police department, and other programs in Berlin, Edge said.
The manufacturing environment in the state as a whole was also a factor in the decision to remain and develop in Berlin, Redzic said.
There are hundreds of manufacturing companies in the state, enough to have earned the nickname “Aerospace Alley.”
“If you drive along 91 you could build an entire jet engine,” Redzic said.
This is useful for companies like Budney Inc. that can do most jobs on site, around 80 percent, according to Budney, and send the rest of the tasks to numerous manufacturers less than half an hour away to be completed.
“Historically, we’re really good at making things in this state,” Edge said.
Now discussions with the Planning and Zoning Commission can commence, but Budney does not expect those to be much of an obstacle.
“Over the last 25 years we’ve never had a problem with the town,” Budney said.
Edge shared this belief that working with the town would not be an issue, considering the benefits it would bring.
The investment in Berlin will be in excess of $12 million and will create up to 60 new jobs over the next five years.
Adam Hushin can be reached at 860-801-5046 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.