Contact: Dan Doyle
August 3, 2012
NEW BRITAIN—The owner of a New Britain book bindery who purchased new machinery and hired a new employee with the help of a $50,000 state grant welcomed state Senator Terry Gerratana (D-New Britain) to his facility today while praising the state business assistance program she voted for as “fantastic.”
Connecticut Valley Bindery owner Kevin Hubert and Sen. Gerratana toured his facility at 28 Hartford Square for over an hour today to talk about the book binding business and about how Connecticut’s new Small Business Express Program is helping his family owned business thrive and hire.
Using the state grant and $50,000 of their own, Hubert said Connecticut Valley Bindery—which has been in New Britain for 25 years—renovated their offices, purchased two new pieces of machinery, and added a recent technical school graduate to its 27-person workforce.
“I’ve been able to get the work out that much quicker with that much more quality—two important aspects. And it has actually allowed me to attract new people to work here,” Hubert said. “It’s a great state program. Fantastic.”
“This is exactly how we want to be helping businesses in Connecticut—investing to help them expand and hire,” Sen. Gerratana said. “The state’s EXP program has been a tremendous success. I’m proud to have voted for it.”
Connecticut’s EXP—created on a bipartisan vote of the legislature in October 2011 and then expanded in June of this year—offers $100 million in state-funded business loans and grants for small businesses with 100 or fewer employees (which represent 60 percent of Connecticut’s total workforce.) To date, hundreds of state companies have applied for assistance, millions of dollars have been awarded, and over 1,200 jobs have been saved or created.
“My plan is to continue to hire as the year goes on,” Hubert said. “I don’t see myself moving out of New Britain. It’s been a great place to do business.”
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