NEW BRITAIN - Two New Britain businesses will be honored by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center at the eighth annual “Celebrate CT” event on Thursday, Nov. 30, at The Bushnell in Hartford.
Alvarium Beer Co. and Jasko Development LLC are being recognized for their impact and influence on Central Connecticut, specifically New Britain.
They are among 21 honorees selected by economic development officials in Connecticut’s 10 regions Each was assessed on criteria such as consistent or growing employment levels, playing a critical role in changing the character of its community or civic engagement, strong public or private collaboration to encourage new investment or leadership resulting in growth or improvements.
“These awards acknowledge key people, programs and projects that are stimulating new jobs and investment in our economy,” said CERC President and CEO Robert Santy. “They are well earned and well-deserved.”
Alvarium Beer Co. opened in June and is the first brewery to operate in New Britain since the closing of the Cremo Brewing Co. in the 1950s. It has recently relaunched the iconic Cremo Ale.
From its name, logo and interior design co-owners Mike Larson, Chris DeGasero and Brian Bugnacki pay homage to the city’s industrial roots and motto: “Industry fills the hive and enjoys the honey.”
“We’re humbled to be recognized by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center for our impact in New Britain,” said DeGasero. “We always knew the people of New Britain would be our biggest support and we’ve been rewarded tenfold by doing our part in helping revive the local economy. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Spearheaded by Avner Krohn, Jasko Development has taken on many projects to revitalize New Britain. Most recently, Jasko completed the renovation of the Raphael Building at 99 W. Main St., a mixed-use retail and residential building with 16 above-market luxury apartments.
Jasko also owns properties at 450 S. Main St. (Jasko Shopping Plaza), 136 Main St. (the Andrews Building), 160 Main St. (the Rao Building) and the not-yet-completed 165 E. Main St. (the T-Mobile Building).
“If (Krohn) was not part of downtown, where would we be?” Bill Carroll, the city’s business and economic development director, asked.