BRISTOL - The Bristol Development Authority has announced that two local manufacturers, AMKO Precision Aerospace Machining and LAB Securities Systems Corporation, are expanding their footprints.
“The Bristol Development Authority is proud to support two manufacturers in the All Heart City who have experienced success doing business in the City of Bristol,” said Dawn Nielsen, marketing and public relations specialist for the Bristol Development Authority.
AMKO LLC, an aerospace manufacturer that relocated to Bristol, constructed a 14,784 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on Lot 5 in the Southeast Bristol Business Park in 2016. At that time the growing company employed six full-time employees. With the addition of three more employees by 2019 and a need for more space, AMKO is now expanding the footprint of its building and plans to further increase its workforce.
The new addition to the building will be approximately 4,200 square feet.
Established in 2005, AMKO specializes in the complex machining of commercial and defense aerospace components for companies such as Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, and Rolls Royce.
Walter Czupryna, AMKO’s owner, started the business with two machines in 2005. By 2006, Czupryna was able to hire two employees and move into a 3,000-square-foot facility. As the business continued to grow and with the need for yet more space, constructing a new facility in the Southeast Bristol Business Park became an option.
“Our satisfaction with the City of Bristol’s assistance during our relocation from another community just a few years ago helped to make our current decision to expand our building an easy one,” said Czupryna. “We look forward to continuing to grow in Bristol.”
LAB Security Systems Corporation, located on Emmett Street, specializes in producing lock tumbler pins, lock pin kits, and locksmith tools. LAB is expanding its operation on Emmett Street by adding 2,085 square feet of manufacturing/storage space and a 1,020-square-foot covered loading dock to its existing building.
The expansion will create additional floor space to increase LAB’s production capabilities. LAB’s lock tumbler pins are found in almost every American-made manual lock in the U.S.
Since 1956, LAB has specialized in the manufacturing of component parts and aftermarket packaging for multiple industries. These industries include mechanical security (locks), firearms, electronics, and consumer goods. LAB moved to its current location at 700 Emmett St. in 1994, which became the company’s world headquarters.
“The City of Bristol’s assistance in allowing an expansion of our facility here along with the availability of a highly trained and technical workforce has allowed Lab Security to continue for over 60 years,” said Thomas Martucci, director of marketing and sales.
Justin Malley, executive director of the Bristol Development Authority, said that manufacturing is an “integral” part of the local economy.
“We’re excited to be able to offer tailor made incentives to encourage manufacturers to come to Bristol and also help existing businesses to grow; both are important to us,” he said. “LAB Security Systems Corporation has been here for many years and it was great to work with a long-time Bristol business. As for AMKO, it’s great to see that a business that is relatively new to Bristol is comfortable enough with the business climate here to make a significant investment and expansion.”
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