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Exclusive: Inside the USS Vermont

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

GROTON, Conn. (WCAX) You can't help but notice the seemingly nonstop trains and boat traffic in the coastal community of New London and Groton, Connecticut. But what you won't see is tucked inside a highly guarded building on the Thames River... until now. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said MMAC Jacob Newsome of the U.S. Navy. It's the United States' most-advanced attack submarine being built by General Dynamics Electric Boat. It's fast, quiet and nearly invisible underwater-- undetectable to the nation's adversaries. It's technology that's so top secret, WCAX News is the only media allowed to see it and take you inside. This is...
Reinventing the Double Bass

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Local company to launch a product that could revolutionize the musical world The double bass, with its ability to hit the lowest notes, plays a critical foundational role in orchestras and jazz bands.  But lugging the massive stringed instrument around is not easy. The double bass can stand as tall as 6 feet and typically weighs about 25 pounds. Musicians can’t just put it in their carry-on bags when traveling. Upton Bass has a solution to this problem. The local company, based in Mystic, has a product that could revolutionize the classical music industry. Founder Gary Upton has created a double bass...
Startup Success: Taking artificial intelligence a step further

Monday, October 29, 2018

When we think of artificial intelligence, we picture futuristic robots. Yet AI is being used by most of us every day — whenever we order an Uber, or ask Siri a question. Local resident Gill Eapen has worked in artificial intelligence for 30 years using AI to provide predictive and economic analysis to advise companies. Recently, he has taken this work and developed a cloud-based application that can be adapted to many arenas. ‘We are the world’s first and only fully-integrated cloud-based predictive and decision analytics platform,” said Eapen. Continue to full article.
New training in Rhode Island for building submarines

Monday, October 15, 2018

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is helping to kick off a new apprenticeship program for people who want to help build submarines. General Dynamics Electric Boat has facilities in Rhode Island and Connecticut. The submarine manufacturer has said it needs to hire many more employees to help build ballistic-missile and attack submarines. The apprenticeship program is a collaboration between Electric Boat and the Community College of Rhode Island. Click here for the full article 
Mystic Chamber launches Go Local gift card

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Al Valente envisions the new Go Local gift card as the Goldilocks of gift-giving. "If you give someone a specific gift, it's hit or miss," he said. "It might be something they love, it might be something they hate, but it's endearing." Cash, on the other hand, can come off as impersonal. Enter the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, of which Valente is chairman of the board, and several dozen Mystic-area shops, restaurants, hotels, arts facilities and tourist destinations. Click here for the full article 
Students test the waters of marine technology at ‘Makerfaire’

Monday, October 01, 2018

On board a Project Oceanology vessel off Bluff Point on Saturday, a group of students in blue and yellow life jackets clustered around a control panel to lower a small, remotely operated vehicle further into the water. The students monitored the progress of the vehicle, powered by motors and equipped with a video camera, on a screen attached to the control panel. Click here for the full article 
Connecticut’s economy growing at faster pace

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Connecticut's financial picture appears to be brightening somewhat, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director told state lawmakers Tuesday. The state's economy is "growing at a much faster pace than it has (over) the last eight years," Ben Barnes, Office of Policy and Management secretary, told the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee. The news comes as Malloy prepares to leave office in January. A new consensus revenue report released Tuesday shows gradual, projected declines in some other state revenues, including payments from the tribal casinos and the cigarette tax. However, there's a gradual projected increase in revenue for the state's main transportation account over...
In first trip as governor-elect, Lamont talks economic development in New London

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

In his first trip since winning the gubernatorial election, Ned Lamont stopped at the Garde Arts Center midday Friday for a meeting with local elected officials and business leaders, and then visited Electric Boat. The meeting was closed to the media but Lamont and Lt. Gov.-Elect Susan Bysiewicz afterward spoke to reporters about the discussion of advanced manufacturing, tourism, gaming, energy and offshore wind. Click here for the full article 
Officials eye growth for Groton-New London, Bradley airports

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Connecticut Airport Authority's executive director sees the potential for growth at Groton-New London Airport, calling it one of the airports in the state that shows the most promise. Not only is Groton-New London the only one of the five general aviation airports in the state that has the certification to handle commercial service, but its location in an area with a unique mix of companies and the casinos also is a plus, the executive director, Kevin Dillon, said Tuesday. Click here for the full article 
Pfizer’s Groton facility plays key role in recent FDA approvals

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pfizer Inc. is on a roll, gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of three anti-cancer drugs in the last two months. Lorbrena, the most recently approved of the three, got the nod in early November, Pfizer has announced, following clinical trials that demonstrated its effectiveness in treating non-small cell lung cancer among patients with a specific gene mutation. In October, the FDA approved Talzenna for certain breast cancer patients, and in September it approved Vizimpro, a first-line treatment for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. As with virtually all Pfizer products, the drugs were developed, in part, at the New...
After UPS Store closure, Two Sisters Shipping expands into Groton

Monday, October 29, 2018

After the UPS Store in Groton Square Shopping Center closed in April, Kim Maxson saw a shipping void in the region. So last month, she opened the second location of Two Sisters Shipping and Business Center, at 105 Bridge St. "We can feel the economy getting better now, and that was another defining factor in us opening up here," Maxson said. She said the services offered are basically the same as those at the shuttered UPS Store: shipping for the United States Postal Service, UPS, DHL and FedEx, along with packaging, faxing and copying, professional printing, and notary public services. Click here for the full...
Groton Manufacturer Highlighted By U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

Monday, October 29, 2018

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced machined parts and weldments fabricator Hillery Company in Groton is this week's "Murphy's Monday Manufacturer." Founded in 1952, Hillery Company specializes in the manufacturing of weldments and machine parts for defense contractors like Electric Boat, L3 Technologies, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Navy, and more. Click here for the full article 
$850 Million. Nearly 2,000 Jobs. Electric Boat Looks To Expand Its Groton Shipyard

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Electric Boat plans to spend $850 million to significantly expand its Groton shipyard as the Navy picks up the pace of submarine construction and design to face down threats from China and Russia. The subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. is building two Virginia-class attack submarines a year and is designing the ballistic Columbia-class submarines to be ordered from 2021 to 2035, replacing the aging Ohio-class subs. To keep up with demand for the two submarine programs, Electric Boat projects it will need 18,000 workers by 2030. The workforce reached 16,500 last year, the most in 25 years. Click here for the full article
10 Best New England Christmas Towns

Friday, October 19, 2018

Nestled along the banks of the Mystic River, the historic downtown of Mystic, Connecticut, is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday season. Don’t miss the lighted boat parade (including Santa’s arrival by tugboat) to kick off the season, and Mystic Seaport’s Lantern Light Tours, running weekends from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Click here for the full article 
Connecticut companies connect with counterparts down under

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

"I need help now and I look forward to having conversations with all of you throughout the day," said Blair Decker, Vice President of Materials and Quality at Electric Boat. Decker sat on one of the panels where more than 150 companies from Connecticut and Australia joined forces for the first-ever Mateship Defense Trade Summit.  Click here for the full article 
Learning to Fly in Mystic

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fearless Flyers Academy Offers Experience Unlike Any Other in New England Our region is known nationwide for our underwater expertise and submarine base. But here’s something you might not know: you can also visit the Groton area and learn to fly! The Fearless Flyers Academy opened in Mystic in 2015. The massive indoor facility offers flying trapeze, aerial and trampoline classes year-round. Owner Ally Altman launched the business in New Hampshire in 2013. But growth was limited because the facility was outside, and classes could be offered on only a seasonal basis. Altman was inspired to move Fearless Flyers to Connecticut after connecting...
Groton-based company to develop lightweight launch, recovery system for Navy’s underwater drones

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

LBI Inc., a research, development, engineering and manufacturing company that specializes in marine and naval systems, has been awarded a $5.4 million contract to design and manufacture a launch and recovery system for unmanned underwater vehicles for the Navy. The five-year contract is for a lightweight system to launch and recover UUVs from 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats used by Naval Special Warfare teams. The new 500-pound system will be made out of carbon fiber composite and will replace the current system, which weighs 2,000 pounds. Click here for the full article 
New Groton committee would work to spruce up town with volunteers

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Groton – The Town Council on Tuesday night is expected to establish a Beautification Committee devoted to beautifying areas in town using volunteers. The committee was unanimously approved by councilors at a Committee of the Whole meeting last month, but Tuesday vote will represent the final step for approval. "I think it's important because I don't think we've really worked on this," said Town Councilor Rachael Franco, of why she felt starting the committee was important. "I can't see anyone opposing making our community look better." Earlier this year, after attending a meeting about the Poquonnock Bridge area that sought input from residents, Franco and fellow Town Councilor Lian Obrey...
Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Friday, September 07, 2018

Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities and are among the best engines that cities and towns have for advancing economic opportunity and building resilient places. Small business ownership has been a pathway to the middle class for generations of Americans and continues to be a crucial tool for expanding prosperity and community self-determination. Here, we outline five important reasons for local officials to support independent businesses, based on a growing body of research. 1 | Local small businesses are linked to higher incomes and less inequality. Enacting policies that strengthen small businesses and expand opportunities for local entrepreneurs...
Submarines: Groton’s Crucial Role In Defending the U.S.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Connecticut has played a crucial role in the defense of the United States for more than 100 years. General Dynamics Electric Boat, which is headquartered in Groton, began building underwater vessels in 1899. The company supplied the U.S. Navy with 85 submarines during WWI, and another 74 diesel submarines during WWII. These contributions earned Groton the nickname “Submarine Capital of the World.” New innovations in underwater technology continue to be developed in Groton to help the Navy do its job protecting the United States. This is where the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine was built; the Navy’s first ballistic-missile submarines were also...