WATERBURY –– Commercial leasing posted a strong year in 2012, with the opening of 17 new businesses in the Brass City, creating more than 150 new jobs and, along with several expansions, adding more than $3 million to the city’s grand list in machinery and equipment. Realtor Tom Hill outlined the progress in a recent broadcast of his radio show on WATR (1320 AM). Five restaurants opened in downtown Waterbury last year, creating more than 60 jobs:  Politics Bar & Grill, Shamrock Bar & Grill, Dottie’s Diner, Meadow Street Grille, Jake’s Wayback Burger and Buffalo Wild Wings. Also, BADD Motorcycles, John Boyle Paint, the Dutch Flower Lady and Harbor Freight inked leases in Waterbury, creating at least 15 jobs.

Industrial leases included


• T&A Screw Machine Products took 65,014 square feet at 64 Avenue of Industry, creating 15 jobs.


• IMSWater Jet occupied 29,475 square feet at 562 Captain Neville Drive, creating seven jobs.


• Precision Dip Coating moved into 12,000 square feet at 176 Chase River Road, creating 12 jobs.


• Mountain Top Mushrooms expanded to 34,925 square feet in the Chase River Road Industrial Park at 200 Chase River Road.


• Unipharm Inc., leased 47,000 square feet in the Captain Neville Industrial Park at 75 Progress Lane, employing 23 people.


• Renewable Heat Products leased 36,975 square feet 55 Fulkerson Drive, creating five jobs.


• EEMax, the largest manufacturer of tankless water heaters in the U.S., took 36,000 square feet at 400 Captain Neville Drive, creating 30 jobs.