WATERBURY — Expanding sales and increased manufacturing activity is prompting plastics molding maker Forum Plastics to relocate from its 25,000-square-foot Stamford location to a 34,000-square-foot facility in Waterbury this summer.

Forum makes supplies for the medical, hardware, consumer and electronics industries. The new facility will be located at 105 Progress Lane.

Frank Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut, said U.S. manufacturing and sales activity have grown over nine consecutive months to 2008 levels, with some Connecticut manufacturers hiring back workers laid off two years ago.

Johnson also said that higher property costs in Fairfield County make a move to New Haven County economically sensible. Forum, currently located at 652 Glenbrook Road in Stamford, expects to bring about 50 jobs when it opens in Waterbury.

Vidal/Wettenstein of Westport represented Forum, while Mathews Commercial Properties represented the landlord.

 

 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.