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Stratford Organic Foods Company Moving to Orange

From diamonds to trail mix, an old property in Orange gets a new life with Aurora Products.

Aurora Products, a Stratford-based manufacturer of packaged organic foods, is moving to Orange.

The company's new facility will be on Edison Road, the former home of the Finley Fine Jewelry industrial building.

Aurora received zoning approval May 15 for a 9,000-square-foot addition to the existing structure. This will bring the building's total footprint up to 100,000 square feet.

Ripping out the old vault of the building's former occupant was the latest task in renovations. According to Matthew Blackwell, director of operations at Aurora, it was a "gigantic, walk-in 9,000-square-foot vault," with concrete, reinforced walls.

Blackwell said the company is working with architects and construction engineers but hasn't yet started construction. Aurora purchased the building in September two months after Finley went out of business and filed for bankruptcy.

"It's going to be a full manufacturing facility" with space for offices, Blackwell said.

Aurora purchases bulk quantities of nuts, dried fruits and granola. The foods are then mixed and packaged for grocery store sales.

Peter Gioia, economist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, said a combination of a skilled work force and good transportation will benefit a business like Aurora.

"They're a business with significant growth opportunities," he said. "I've seen their products widely distributed, they're a significant player in the industry."

Paul J. Grimmer, executive director of the Orange Economic Development Corporation, said Aurora's move to Orange made business sense for the company.

"Orange has the same things to offer any business," he said, citing the proximity to Interstate 95 which runs through the middle of Orange's industrial zone. "We believe they're going to be very successful."

Jim Ravis June 01, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Another notch in Harkins' belt. After all he did say... "Stratford’s future will not be Stratford’s past" http://www.stratfordstar.com/opinion/columns/local-political/73340-stratfords-future-will-not-be-stratfords-past.html I guess a future Patch Reader Poll will be "What do you want to see move in to 400 LONG BEACH BLVD?"
Know what's going on June 01, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Ain't it the Truth!! And it's the first notch on our new Economic Director's belt, Karen Kaiser. Boy, do we have a team here -- nothing at the Army Engine plant, Shell stations closed all around town because they'd rather pay the taxes then helping Stratford (oh good, Mayor Harkins) -- no Economic Development marketing. or vision or planning or action. Just a closed door at the Mayor's office. And we vote for this guy?
Helene E. Logan June 01, 2012 at 06:59 PM
"I guess a future Patch Reader Poll will be "What do you want to see move in to 400 LONG BEACH BLVD?" " So funny, yet so sad. I've said it before and I'll say it again--I still can't believe anyone voted for him in the first place. His do-nothing legislative record was an honest indicator of the way he'd approach this job.
Jason Bagley (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 09:38 PM
"Time to lower taxes in Stratford," says resident Matt DeBernardo on the Stratford Patch Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/StratfordPatch
George E. Mulligan June 03, 2012 at 03:18 AM
The infrastructure is in place. When the economic development hits, Stratford will line the pockets of those who held us down for 25 years.

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