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A signature offering at Dottie's is their superb chicken pot pie. Photos by John Murray
Economic development in downtown Waterbury just got sweeter with the opening of Dottie’s Diner II, the creator of the best doughnut in Connecticut, at 146 Grand Street.
“I love these doughnuts,” Waterbury’s economic development director, Ron Pugliese said. “I bring a box of them into work every Wednesday.”
Unipharm COO Robert Sires explains shipping labels to Waterbury mayor Neil O'Leary.
Unipharm executives and local and state officials will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of Unipharm’s new Waterbury division tomorrow morning, October 19th. Unipharm, Inc. is a privately owned New York City-based pharmaceutical company specializing in the manufacturing, development and marketing of quality, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, vitamins, supplements and nutritional products. The new $3 million Waterbury facility will occupy approximately 47,000 sq. ft. of space in a 54,000 sq. ft. industrial building located in the Captain Neville Industrial Park. The property is owned by KFM Progress Lane Realty, LLC which occupies the building's remaining 7,000 sq. ft.
Economic development in downtown Waterbury just got sweeter with the announcement that Dottie's Diner, the creator of the best doughnut in Connecticut, is opening up a second restaurant at 146 Grand Street. The official announcement came from Mayor Neil O'Leary's office this morning, and the mayor and economic development director Ron Pugliese will hold a press conference this afternoon at 1:30 pm at the location on Grand Street, directly across from the post office. The public is invited to attend the event.
Dr. James Gatling will be the keynote speaker at the Black Economic Summit in Waterbury.
The Board of Directors of Waterbury Industrialization Opportunities Center, Inc. (WOIC) and its Clergy Support Committee, under the leadership of Board Member Reverend Dr. Leroy Perry, are sponsoring their first Black Economic Summit on Saturday, June 23, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Mount Olive A.M.E. Zion Church, 82 – 100 Pearl Street in Waterbury.
More Good Economic News In Waterbury - O'Leary Administration Announces Second Company Coming To City, Up to 70 New Jobs In Three Years
More good news about economic development in Waterbury. Less than a day after announcing that Unipharm Inc. is setting up shop in Waterbury, the economic development team has announced another coup - IMS Waterjet Inc. is coming to the Brass City.
Ron Pugliese, center, the economic development director for Waterbury, opened a press conference yesterday morning by announcing that Unipharm was building a new packaging center on Progress Lane in the East End of the city. Pugliese partnered with the Waterbury Development Corporation, the State of Connecticut, and Mayor Neil O'Leary, back left, to successfully lure Unipharm to the Brass City. Pictured on the right is Unipharm's chief operating officer, Robert Sires, who said his company considered more than 100 properties throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and chose Waterbury because of the tremendous feeling that Unipharm was wanted by local and state officials.
The blood pressure and cholesterol levels in Waterbury's economic development team just lowed a few notches. After months of actively recruiting Unipharm, an international manufacturer of vitamins and health suppliments, the company has decided to set up shop on the aptly named - Progress Lane - in the Brass City.
Chad Wable, the President and CEO of Saint Mary's Hospital, said the merger and site selection for a new hospital, “has gone from a complex deal, to a potentially mega-complex deal involving six parties. I am amazed at how aligned we are.”
Column By John Murray
Waterbury is engaged in a cultural collision that might define the city for the next 100 years. Good versus evil? No, it’s not that dramatic. It’s health care versus economic development.
Experts have scratched their heads for years wondering how a city the size of Waterbury could sustain two hospitals. The truth is, it couldn’t. For decades the city has witnessed a slow deterioration in the financial well being of Saint Mary’s Hospital, and Waterbury Hospital. They weren’t going to crash like airplanes tumbling out of the sky, it was more like a leak in an old wooden boat, slowly, almost imperceptibly, taking on water.
Ron Pugliese grew up in the Bucks Hill neighborhood of Waterbury and was a talented athlete at Wilby High School. Four decades later, Pugliese has returned to Waterbury to become the executive director of Economic Development under Mayor Neil O’Leary.
Story and Photographs By John Murray
Ron Pugliese was born and raised in Waterbury and is a firm believer in public service. His father was the assistant city clerk in the 1950s, and all three of his sons have forged a life in the public sector arena.
“My wife is a teacher and our entire family believes in volunteering and giving back,” Pugliese said. “If an organization asks me for help, I never say no. That’s who I am.”
Back in November, in addition to being the President of the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Pugliese was a board member of the Connecticut State University System, a board member of the Palace Theater, and a recently elected selectman in the town of Southbury.
And it’s that generous spirit of public service - and a love of Waterbury - that Ron Pugliese an easy mark when Neil O’Leary recruited him to be the city’s new economic development director.
Waterbury mayor, Neil O'Leary, right, watched as former mayor Mike Jarjura proceeded to the microphone to denounce O'Leary's plans to finance economic development out of the mayor's budget.
By John Murray
Former five-term mayor, Mike Jarjura made a surprise visit to the Board of Aldermen meeting tonight to speak out against transferring money to the mayor's office to fund two new economic development positions. Jarjura said the move would create a financial burden in tough economic times, and chided the aldermen that they would have opposed the concept had he proposed it last spring.