HARTFORD - Gov. Ned Lamont and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin were among those who attended the grand opening of Stanley Black & Decker’s new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing center in downtown Hartford.
The center is called Manufactory 4.0 and is located in a 23,000-square-foot facility at Constitution Plaza. Stanley Black & Decker’s headquarters is in New Britain.
This facility, which employs about 50 people, is designed to build solutions to help digitalize plant operations. Part of the goal is to replace old factory equipment with new technologies.
“It’s no coincidence that this is located right here in Hartford,” Lamont said. “Hartford was the manufacturing brain center of the world just some time ago and it’s coming back. It’s evident by events like this, evident by the equipment you see. Take a look and listen because this is the future of Connecticut.”
Stanley Black & Decker’s President and CEO Jim Loree said Manufactory 4.0 is unique and he thanked all who had the vision for the manufacturing center as well as those who partnered with Stanley Black & Decker for its creation.
“This day, which I have anticipated for about a year and a half now, is finally here and our team at Stanley Black & Decker has made this happen,” Loree said. “I want to thank all my colleagues at Stanley Black & Decker who contributed to bringing this Manufactory to life. You’ll see if you walk around and observe and kick the tires, this is something very unique in the industry. You will not find a place like this and we searched around the world for a place like this. We finally figured out we had to do it ourselves, so it is very unique in industry.”
Bronin thanked Stanley Black & Decker for its commitment and said he was grateful for its partnership.
“Stanley Black & Decker made a big statement about Hartford’s future when it launched an additive manufacturing accelerator last year, and today’s announcement is another major step toward making our capital city a hub for innovation in our core industries,” Bronin said. “Hartford was at the forefront of the 19th century’s industrial revolution, and today a global manufacturing leader made Hartford the center of its work to reinvent manufacturing for the 21st century. I want to thank Jim and the entire team at Stanley Black & Decker for their vision and commitment to Hartford. We are very grateful for their partnership.”
Sudhi Bangalore, vice president of Industry 4.0 at Stanley Black & Decker, said the new center will open doors to innovation and partnerships.
“The opening of our world-class Manufactory 4.0 facility is an important part of our commitment to becoming a global leader in advanced manufacturing - both in terms of enabling our own company’s Industry 4.0 evolution and enabling innovation across the industry,” Bangalore said. “From this center of excellence, we’ll be able to more rapidly test and deploy technologies at our many manufacturing facilities and deeply engage with a wide range of public and private partners.”
The event also highlighted the beginnings of Stanley Black & Decker and some of its accomplishments through the years.
To learn more about Manufactory 4.0, visit www.stanleyblackanddecker.com .
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