WOLCOTT — Anstro Manufacturing has been toppled from its perch as Wolcott’s biggest taxpayer after being acquired by a Canadian firm. It now ranks second in personal-property taxes, based on a 2010 property assessment, and Town Assessor Pam Diezel said its gross assessment ranks third, after Connecticut Light & Power and ITW Manufacturing. Anstro ranks second using net assessment, which factors in exemptions.
Anstro produces components used in disc brakes, including shims and hardware, and also has a production plant in Watertown.
SIMSBURY — Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense (EBAD) of Simsbury has acquired a 265-acre, 166,628-square-foot office, manufacturing and warehouse campus at 14370 White Sage Road in Moorpark, Calif. EBAD secured the space from WP Carey & Co. after leasing the property for more than a year. Bill Kiefer of California-based NAI Capital said EBAD acquired the property’s original owner, Special Devices Inc.’s Defense & Aerospace Group, last March. EBAD provides systems for missiles, space launch vehicles and ground vehicles, and is a contractor to U.S. and foreign military customers. The company said in a statement that the new facility supports its growth plans and a growing employee base in California.