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Former P&W site under lease; 150 to 200 jobs coming to Southington

January 15, 2017 09:14PM
By Mary Ellen Godin Record-Journal staff

SOUTHINGTON — A Milford fulfillment company has leased much of the 637,000-square-foot former Pratt & Whitney building at 75 Aircraft Road for its new headquarters and call center operation.

3PL Worldwide Inc. is leaving its Milford facility and expects to occupy 300,000 square feet of the former jet engine manufacturing plant by June 1 for its warehouse and call center, company President Clyde Mount said Wednesday.

Mount said the company needed more space than was available at its current 125,000-square-foot facility on Bic Drive in Milford, and the P&W building had room to expand. 3PL Worldwide expects up to 150 to 200 employees at the Southington facility by June.

“We’re excited they are coming in to take the space,” said Southington’s economic development coordinator, Lou Perillo. “That site will be substantially occupied and we still have indications of interest in the rest of the building.”

Pratt & Whitney shut down the plant more than 15 years ago. Part of it was used by Yarde Metals for several years, and 3PL Worldwide is occupying space in one of six buildings on the property. Other tenants include King 33, a security training company. The entire property is owned by the Industrial Realty Group of Larchmont, New York.

“This building gave us the option to add another 100,000 square feet by the end of the year,” Mount said.

Workers for the property manager were installing warehouse shelving in the massive warehouse space Wednesday and a temporary employment agency was accepting applications for call center and fulfillment workers.

Pratt & Whitney built the facility in 1942 on 40 acres. The company closed the plant in 1994 and the building was sold to the Industrial Realty Group more than 10 years later.

3PL Worldwide Inc. was founded in 2005 at the Milford site and expanded by opening a warehouse, fulfillment and call center in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

3PL Worldwide handles catalog sales calls and fulfillment for Chadwick’s of Boston, Territory Ahead, Chasing Fireflies and TravelSmith.

All of the company’s 80 full-time Milford employees were invited to work in the Southington operation.

“A high percentage are coming,” Mount said. “Pretty much everybody. It’s only a half-hour. We’re really excited. It’s a huge opportunity for us.”

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