Business zone success stories just beginning at Bradley Airport



Submitted photo. Enjoying the East Granby Farmer’s Market’s June 20 grand opening were, from left to right: Conor Smith, Nancy Hayes and State Sen. John A. Kissel. Sen. Kissel purchased goat cheese from the Hayes Dairy, 151 East St., North Granby.

"In the zone.”

It’s an expression often applied to athletes, musicians, or anyone whose focus allows them to perform at the highest level physically and mentally.

But the term “in the zone” can also be applied to businesses, particularly here in north-central Connecticut.

Let me explain.

Almost 400 acres within the New England Tradeport business park in East Granby and Windsor recently was designated as a Foreign Trade Zone. Being in the FTZ provides economic incentives to international trade companies located there. Those incentives are going to attract jobs to the region and help existing businesses expand.

But the FTZ isn’t the only zone in the area. In fact the FTZ is actually a zone within another zone. I co-sponsored a law establishing the Bradley Development Zone, which offers tax credits and property tax exemptions to manufacturers that expand or move in the four towns surrounding the airport including East Granby, Suffield, Windsor Locks and Windsor.

Why are these zones good for taxpayers? Because when businesses are “in the zone,” the result is jobs, jobs, jobs.

The success stories in the zone are just beginning. East Granby manufacturer Nufern is the first Connecticut business to avail itself of the Bradley Development Zone. The state’s Connecticut Airport Authority has approved Nufern’s final application to be eligible for a host of tax incentives offered to companies that expand and support economic growth around the Airport. Nufern, a global company that designs and manufactures specialty optical fibers, fiber lasers, and amplifiers, is expanding its facility from 65,000 to 95,000 square feet.

We are finally capitalizing on our proximity to Bradley International Airport and major highways. Real estate experts always talk about “Location, location, location.” Location is one of our region’s greatest attributes.

I look forward to future good jobs coming to the zone, and I will continue to work with state and local officials to build up the area around Bradley Airport as a major commercial center for the state.

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