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Stanley Black & Decker To Open Manufacturing Training Site In Hartford

Stanley Black & Decker Inc. said Tuesday it will open an advanced manufacturing training and research center in downtown Hartford to develop its work in automation and data exchange.

The New Britain manufacturer of tools and storage, commercial electronic security and engineered fastening systems will open the center at One Constitution Plaza next spring or summer.

CEO Jim Loree said Stanley Black & Decker selected Hartford to help bolster the financially struggling capital city.

“As a company founded in New Britain, Conn., almost 175 years ago, we have expressed our commitment from a social responsibility perspective to being part of the solution,” he said.

The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence will help accelerate the company’s Industry 4.0 “smart factory initiative” intended to apply the use of data and the “internet of things,” which applies digital technology to operating building systems such as security and heating and cooling.

Stanley Black & Decker will call the center Manufactory 4.0, named after the original Stanley Bolt Manufactory founded in 1843. It will be staffed by 50 employees training experts in particular fields who will then apply that training to their businesses.

Industry 4.0 is a name for automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, including cyber technology, the internet of things, cloud computing, robotics and 3-D printing.

Mayor Luke Bronin said the opening of the Stanley Black & Decker center is an “enormous win” for Hartford as officials seek to put the city at the center of innovation in industry.

Stanley Black & Decker operates about 30 manufacturing sites in the U.S., including three in Connecticut. It operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities worldwide.

The company also announced the launch of an additive manufacturing accelerator that will identify 10 startups in additive manufacturing to participate in the program in the first year.

Companies will work at the Hartford site and have access to mentoring and other resources to develop businesses based on their ideas.

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