Energy and Innovation Park expected to attract thousands of jobs

Hartford

A new $1-billion, privately financed data center is expected to bring 2,500 jobs to New Britain.

The Energy and innovation Park will stand on a portion of the Stanley Black and Decker facility on Curtis Street.

The project is more than a decade in the making and will be powered by the largest installation of fuel cells in the world. The fuel cell power will go back to the grid and will power the data center. The data center will sell cloud storage space.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart calls is a game changer for the city.  

“This is the new Hardware City,” Stewart told a large crowd at the site. “Comparing what Stanley Black and Decker was, compared to what it will be with this project, is the most incredible juxtaposition at redefining your past and creating a brand new future.

The project will be housed in unused manufacturing buildings on the Stanley site. Governor Dannel Malloy says it’s expected to attract IT companies and the high paying jobs that come with them.

“This is the circumstance where we can celebrate both a forward thinking, looking energy strategy with a forward looking economic development strategy,” said Malloy.

The Governor says more job announcements for the facility are expected soon.

“The catalyst for the development are the fuel cells right now but I will tell you that in a relatively short period of time we will have announcements about this site,” the Governor told a scrum of reporters following the speeches.

Construction for Phase 1 of the project is expected to begin next year.

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