HARTFORD – Stanley Black & Decker announced today plans to open an Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in downtown Hartford.
The center will accelerate the company’s global Industry 4.0 “smart factory” initiative which focuses on using automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.
Called “Manufactory 4.0,” the 23,000-square-foot center will be located at One Constitution Plaza. The Center will employ 50 Industry 4.0 professionals. The name “Manufactory 4.0” is a nod to the Stanley Bolt Manufactory founded in 1843.
Sudhi Bangalore, WIPRO’s Global Head of Smart Manufacturing and Industry Solutions, has been appointed to lead the center. And addictive manufacturing accelerator with Techstars will also be housed in the building, officials said.
“Strong urban cores, and in particular a vibrant capital city, are essential to Connecticut’s ability to thrive which is why we decided to locate this important new initiative in Hartford,” said Stanley Black & Decker President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Loree. “Our team has worked closely with Mayor (Luke) Bronin’s office and we are excited to be a part of building a vibrant, strong capital city.”
Industry 4.0 promotes the computerization and automation of manufacturing. The center will serve as the “epicenter” for the latest technologies and processes in Industry 4.0, said Stanley Black & Decker’s Chief Financial Officer Don Allen.
The company was founded almost 175 years ago in New Britain and operates 30 manufacturing facilities in the United States including three in Connecticut and has more than 100 manufacturing facilities throughout the world.