Bilco To Be Sold To UK “Door and Window” Company
New Haven Headquarters Expected To Stay Intact
NEW HAVEN: The iconic Bilco Company is celebrating its 90th year by announcing the pending sale of the company. In early 2015 the “specialty access” company moved its headquarters back to New Haven after sixty years in West Haven. The company’s West Haven sprawling waterfront complex was sold to developers forming the core of the 350,000 square foot Haven Mall expected to open in 2017-18.
Bilco signature product the ubiquitous basement door seen on the outside of countless basements formed the original basis of the company’s success. Today the company has plants in Truman, Arkansas and Zanesville, Ohio manufacturing a full line of products for the residential and commercial building markets.
Lyons, Griffin and Joyce with bust of Bilco Founder George Lyons, Sr. at the company’s 85th anniversary.
Tyman PLC based in London [LON: TYMN] is an “international supplier of engineered components to the door and window industry” doing approximately $400 million in annual sales.
BRIDGEPORT — “Manufacturing Mania” came to Bridgeport last month.
The event, part of the “Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.” campaign, attracted close to 400 middle school students from Bridgeport, New Haven and West Haven to introduce them to advanced manufacturing.
Held at the Webster Bank Arena during Manufacturing Month, the event offered technology demonstrations and hands-on activities. Students worked to build a model carnival ride as quickly and accurately as possible and designed and produced custom-ordered ice cream sticks — as well as an opportunity to meet with area manufacturers.
“Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.” is a part of a nationwide campaign by the Washington, D.C.-based Manufacturing Institute to improve the image of modern manufacturing, funded in Connecticut by the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) and administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT).
Karen Jarmon, senior communications advisor with CCAT, says her group is working with manufacturers in the state to ensure there are enough new workers going through the manufacturing pipeline to address ongoing challenges to maintain a well-trained workforce.
She says reaching students when they are still in middle school is critical in shaping their perceptions of the manufacturing industry and putting manufacturing on their radar screens as a potential career choice.
“In the seventh and eighth grades, students are just making decisions about their career interests or which high schools they want to go to. We want to give them the opportunity to experience how high-tech manufacturing is today and what careers are like now,” Jarmon says.
“Perceptions on manufacturing — that it’s dark, dank and dangerous — have lingered for a long time,” she adds. “The environment is completely different today. The students are not as set in their perceptions in the middle school grades as they might be in high school.”
Ten of the twelve participating schools over the two-day event were from Bridgeport, but 30 students each from New Haven’s Davis Street Arts & Academics Magnet and West Haven’s Bailey Middle schools also took part. The event also featured remarks from Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch as well as Eryn Bingle, a representative of U.S. Rep. Jim Himes’ (D-4) office.