Element 119, an advanced coatings manufacturer, is planning to expand operations in Thomaston and Cheshire, Connecticut. The project is expected to create 36 jobs over the next two years.
THe company manufactures coatings for the aerospace, marine, and auto markets under the product name System X. Element 119 has sales in more than 40 countries worldwide and is currently pursuing several growth opportunities with the federal government.
“Element 119 is growing fast and making new investments in our facilities,” said Andrew Zeppa, president and owner of Element 119. “We are currently making leasehold improvements in our Cheshire location and adding a new bottling line and lab technology equipment at the Thomaston plant. The state has been very supportive of the company, and we look forward to continuing our growth in the great state of Connecticut for many years to come.”
The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is supporting the project by providing a grant in arrears up to $242,000, contingent upon the firm creating and retaining 36 new full-time jobs.
“The manufacturing sector in Connecticut continues to innovate, thrive, and grow because of the industry leaders like Element 119 who are investing in technology and their workforce talent,” said DECD Commissioner David Lehman and AdvanceCT President and CEO Peter Denious in a joint statement. “Manufacturing employment has increased for eight consecutive months in Connecticut and the state’s strategic investments and programs to support this critical sector are clearly having a positive impact.”