Contact: Kerensa Konesni
November 19, 2014
NORWICH— State Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague), state Representative Kevin Ryan (D-Montville) and Norwich Mayor Deb Hinchey announced today that Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the State Bond Commission approved $1.6 million in state funds for various Norwich projects when it met today in Hartford.
“I’m always happy to see the state invest in jobs and education, which is what we’re doing statewide and right here in Norwich,” said Sen. Osten. “I’m especially pleased that the state took action to help a local business, Atlantic Linen Supply, cut down on its operating costs. When Connecticut spends money to help a local business retain jobs, remain competitive, stay local and expand, that’s a smart and worthwhile investment.”
“These funds will help a regional business be more efficient, reduce operating costs and their reliance on natural resources, and grow jobs,” said Rep. Ryan. “This is a wise investment that supports our local economy.”
“It is important to Norwich to support our businesses,” said Mayor Hinchey. “Job retention and creation is the cornerstone for economic development and growth. I am also very grateful for the continued attention to our school system. These monies help our educators provide Norwich children with the tools they need to forge a bright future, one of independence and economic stability.”
Atlantic City Linen Supply was awarded a $750,000 state loan (at an interest rate of 2 percent for 10 years) and a $100,000 state grant to help purchase machinery and equipment and train employees. At the same time, Atlantic City Linen will retain 110 jobs and create 20 new jobs. The state funding comes from the Manufacturing Assistance Act, which was created by the state legislature in 1990.
Atlantic City Linen Supply Co-CEO Dan Goldberg thanked Sen. Osten for her role in advocating with the governor for the bonding, noting it will be used to upgrade washing machine equipment, dryers and presses.
“Senator Osten has been a good friend of ours and a supporter,” Goldberg said. “This money will make us more efficient, cost-wise, so we can continue to operate in the area. The state bonding will allow us to purchase new equipment that uses less water, fewer chemicals, and which is more environmentally friendly than our current equipment.”
Based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, ACLS expanded into Connecticut in 2004, opening ACLS New England, a 35,000-square foot, $10-million laundry complex. Located on Consumers Avenue in Norwich, the facility was the result of a historic partnership between the Mohegan (Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino) and the Mashantucket Pequot (Foxwoods Hotel and Casino) Tribal Nations. In addition to the casino-hotel properties, the Norwich facility now serves several hotels in the region, including The Four Seasons in Boston.
Also on today’s State Bond Commission agenda were state grants for local schools; funding for the school projects comes from the 2011 and 2013 state bonding bills that Sen. Osten voted for.
Uncas-on-Thames in Norwich will receive $513,676 to replace the roof on the Campbell Building, and the Uncas Campus in Norwich will receive $207,750 for various interior and exterior improvements.
The Uncas School in Norwich will receive a $32,000 grant as one of 17 ‘Commissioner’s Network Schools’ in the state to make alterations and repairs that correct building and site deficiencies and promote the health, safety and learning of students.
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