At the turn of the 20th Century, Pennsylvania Globe gaslight Company introduced the concept of outdoor illumination, lighting up the streets of America after dark. More than 100 years later, the North Branford-based company now uses its fixtures as data collection centers. Campuses across the country are installing surveillance cameras to ensure student safety while cities use their fixtures to track precipitation to determine when to deploy snow plows. The company is run by sisters Marcia LaFemina and Michelle Stonier, who took over from their parents five years ago.
Artists Esther and Paul Halferty love to travel: Istanbul, Madrid, Italy’s Amalfi Coast – they’ve seen it all! The exotic designs and patterns on the countries’ ornate palaces and cathedrals inspire their tiles that are handcrafted in their Stonington studio. The hand-glazed clay tiles are commonly used for back-splashes and bathrooms in homes from California to Connecticut.
Father and son team Jim and Luke Barber turned a Danbury photography studio into a toy factory to assemble their eco-friendly firetruck. The toy is made from a recycled wood resin that doesn’t require paint.Jim used Kickstarter funds to get the company off the ground in 2012 after a string of high profile toy recalls. He also tapped into his retirement account to cover production costs. Luke’s Toy Factory currently sells to specialty toy stores and is now working on a full line of trucks to roll out in time for the holidays. Jim Barber hopes his efforts inspire others to start making toys in the USA.
Just about every industry – petroleum, high speed rail, pharmaceutical manufacturers, even craft breweries – relies on pressure and temperature to make or control their products. Stratford-based Ashcroft makes the precision gauges to control pressure and temperature and, as a result, keep people and products safe. The company’s been making gauges for more than 160 years when steam engines were introduced. Now Ashcroft technicians also build much more high tech systems that interface with company’s internal control systems.
It all started squeezing limes for fresh margaritas on their dads’ boats: Childhood friends Ryan Guimond and Michel Boissy concocted their plan to create the freshest bar juice on the market. That was in 2009 now they have a full line of customized craft juices that stocks 400 bars and restaurants nationwide. Ripe Bar Juice features mixers for margaritas, mojitos, cosmos, and Bloody Marys. FreshBev – the name of their New Haven company – is one of only a handful of specialty juice-makers that use state of the art high-pressure processing to keep Fresh Bev’s product as close to “ripe” as possible. The company is now partnering with Ocean Spray to roll out a new beverage line called “Ripe Craft Juice.”