The Silvermine Industrial Park, a mainstay in town for nearly 40 years, has a new name.
The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution changing the name of the industrial park off Route 67 to The Silvermine Commerce and Technology Park.
Changing the name was recommended by Economic Development Director Fred A. Messore and the Economic Development Commission to reflect the changing times.
“The re-branding was in order due to the fact that the park was originally conceived in the 1960s and ’70s, and ultimately built in 1979, spearheaded by the EDC at that time,” Messore said. “Over the years, the business climate and tenants of the park have changed considerably in the way that business is conducted. The name change reflects the quality products that come from the several world-class companies that call Seymour their home.”
Messore and the EDC had recommended renaming the park The Silvermine Technology Campus, but First Selectman Kurt Miller during Tuesday’s selectmen meeting suggested adding “commerce” to the name, and dropping “campus.”
“I think we have some great companies up there, many which are on the cutting edge of what they do,” said Miller. “The new name better reflects what’s there.”
Miller said many if not most of the businesses located there are marketing products and services which are “high tech” in nature, and also utilize modern technology in their development and production. Since it was first built in 1979, the number of businesses that have either moved there or expanded several times over the last 17 years, have grown considerably, Miller added.
The resolution states that the new name reflects the area which is “inclusive and indicative of the modern technological products and services produced by and utilized by the businesses of the area.”
The industrial park on Silvermine Road houses some of Seymour’s largest employers and top 10 taxpayers, including Basement Systems, which employs more than 330 people and recently completed a $5.3 million expansion of its campus at the park’s gateway.
Other companies that call the park home and create products sold nationally and worldwide include Thule Inc. of Sweden, a world leading manufacturer of car roof racks and recreational accessories with its U.S. headquarters based here; Precision Aerospace, which makes components for commercial airplanes and rocket parts for NASA; and M.P.I. Corp., which services the defense, medical, aerospace, telecom, industrial and commercial market sectors’ electronic manufacturing needs.
Selectman Len Greene Jr. said renaming the park was a smart move.
“It’s definitely an improvement of what we have now, and more appropriate for potential businesses who want to move there,” Greene said.
Miller said a letter will be sent notifying businesses in the park of the name change, and new signage will also be posted soon.