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Willington Nameplate Prepares For its Next 50 Years

Willington Nameplate Prepares For its Next 50 Years

Mike Goepfert was 7 years old when his dad, Marcel, a son of German immigrants, resigned from his job at a nameplate company in Massachusetts, sold his house and car and launched Willington Nameplate Inc., a one-man start-up at a 3,000-square-foot facility in Willington.

Fifty years later, the company has a modern 40,000-square-foot plant at Stafford Springs, 85 employees with whom it shares its profits, five acquisitions under its belt, 1,500 active clients and revenue of $12 million.

In its anniversary year, the company has invested $1 million in capital equipment and is expanding capacity by 25 percent, while also committing an additional $500,000 to improve the etching...