Speaker Aresimowicz Celebrates New High-Speed Data Center in New Britain

July 2, 2018

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (right), and State Representative Rick Lopes (left) at the Energy & Innovation Park site, on Curtis Street in New Britain.

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D – Berlin/Southington) joined Governor Malloy, Mayor Erin Stewart, state and local officials and business leaders today to celebrate the $1 billion development project to transform portions of the Stanley Black & Decker manufacturing facility into a fuel cell-powered, high-speed data center complex called the Energy & Innovation Park.

“I’m thrilled to see this project finally come to fruition. From when I sat down with the stakeholders of this project and learned the significance of what this could mean for our region, I advocated in my role as Speaker to help to make sure that state government was supportive throughout this process,” said Aresimowicz. “Stanley Black and Decker has played such a pivotal role in New Britain’s history and economy, and this new project is going to create thousands of jobs. This investment in Connecticut reinforces our efforts to continue improving our workforce development programs to meet the needs of employers and retain our highly skilled workforce.”

“This Energy & Innovation Park is going to be a game-changer for the entire region in terms of high-tech jobs, high-speed data processing and clean energy, and I want to thank Speaker Aresimowicz for his leadership in helping to make it happen,” Mark Wick, a partner with EIP, LLC, said today. “This will be transformational for New Britain as well for the state, and the Speaker’s work to expand the renewable energy program was instrumental in making it a reality.”

The development of the Energy and Innovation Park is expected to create more than 3,000 direct and indirect jobs for the Park and the region over the next 10 years. Construction of Phase 1 of the park is expected to begin early next year.

The project involves transforming currently unused buildings on the downtown Stanley Black and Decker site into a high-performance computing and data center complex that will attract other IT related companies. Phase 1 of the project involves 19.98 megawatts of grid-connected, fuel cells manufactured in Connecticut and installed on the site, and that alone will make this the world’s largest indoor fuel cell installation. Ultimately, once fully built out, the high-speed data center campus would be powered by an additional 44 megawatts of clean, renewable fuel-cell generation. The fuel cells will be manufactured by Doosan Fuel Cell America in South Windsor, further enhancing the state’s global presence in the industry.