Contact: Dan Doyle
August 1, 2012
GUILFORD—State Sen. Ed Meyer (D-Guilford) visited Guilford-based Grow Home Organics today to learn how the company will use a Small Business Express grant to expand its operation and create three new jobs.
Grow Home Organics, an organic garden and outdoor kitchen supply store, will receive a Small Business Express grant to purchase new equipment and to pay for marketing, research and development. The local company also plans to hire three people.
“This investment in Guilford-based Grow Home Organics combines two things that I love—helping small businesses expand and growing green jobs,” Sen. Meyer said. “As our economy begins to come alive again, we have to make sure small businesses have the resources they need to remain competitive and expand their workforce. I am confident that a great company like Grow Home Organics will continue to be an asset to the community and the local economy.”
“The Small Business Express matching grant has unlocked investment capital for a new manufacturing company here in Connecticut that otherwise would probably not have existed,” said John Daniels, owner of Grown Home Organics. “Since receiving the grant in mid-June we have installed our new equipment, completed our pre-production R&D, and manufactured our first production batch. We have also sold our first couple of grills.
“This green business follows in the footsteps of other local companies that have taken advantage of the jobs programs I helped create last fall. It is clear to me that the Small Business Express and other job creation programs we established are making a difference in our state’s economy and in the lives of individuals who are finding employment,” Sen. Meyer said.
We had a very good, well developing idea for an outdoor cooking system product that we could manufacture here in Connecticut to expand our online company, Grow Home Organics,” said Daniels. “However, after two years of a part time R&D effort and half a dozen pre-production prototypes, we still needed some basic manufacturing tools, such as a CNC plasma cutter, to complete the design phase of our outdoor cooking system and create a viable manufacturing process. We also needed a suitable facility to act as a showroom and give us the opportunity to demonstrate and get direct customer feed-back to help refine our patent-pending outdoor cooking system.”
“Our greenhouse and showroom facility is nearly complete, and we have launched our online Internet presence. We have also prototyped our second Connecticut manufactured product, a Fire Place Rotisserie. Within the next 9-12 months, we expect to employ at least 3-5 new hires for production and sales, and continue thereafter growing our company in Connecticut,” Daniels concluded.
Since its beginning in January, the Small Business Express Program has distributed over $25 million in loans and grants to more than 180 Connecticut companies. The effort has retained more than 1,400 jobs and supported the creation of nearly 700 new positions, according to the state Department of Economic and Community Development, which administers the program. Grow Home Organics will receive a dollar-for-dollar grant matching its investment of $83,800.
In June, Sen. Meyer helped pass a comprehensive Jobs Package that expands the Small Business Express Program and seeks to bolster the economy by growing jobs and promoting “Connecticut Made” products and “Connecticut Treasures.”
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