The Mayor’s Office announced that Benjamin International – a wholesale importer, manufacturer, and designer of gifts, toys, apparel, jewelry, and more – is moving into 33,000 square feet of production and office space at 360 Minor Rd. The company – based in Connecticut for over 30 years – will relocate all company operations and more than 30 employees to the “All Heart City.”
“Benjamin International has experienced sustained growth over the past several years,” explained Marty Tunis, owner and president of company, in a press release. “It became critical to relocate to a new, larger facility that could accommodate the company’s progression. The property on Minor Road stood out as an ideal space, and the City of Bristol established itself as a welcoming community that supports businesses.”
To accommodate Benjamin International’s sizeable operation and workforce, the press release said, the space will be renovated in the coming months. Significant construction work is planned for the parking lot, new office and production areas, and more. Tunis plans to apply for local grant incentives and tax abatements designed to lure new companies to Bristol, said the release.
Tunis also expects to hire new employees when the company commences local operations in January 2016, said the news release. “We will fill a variety of positions, from administrative positions to both skilled and semi-skilled manufacturing and distribution jobs,” he said. “We hope members of the local community are interested in bringing their talent to our company.”
Those interested in applying for employment with the company are urged to monitor local media and employment search websites in the coming months.
“Benjamin International is the type of dynamic, growing company that we’re looking to attract to Bristol,” said Mayor Ken Cockayne in the press release. Cockayne, who is running for reelection, said in the press release “This is not simply about a new taxpaying business in the City. This is about an established company at the top of its industry choosing Bristol as a place to grow. This is about bringing dozens of existing employees and future employment opportunities to Bristol.”
Vance Taylor, a realtor with Commercial Real Estate Group, introduced Tunis to Robert Braverman, who owns the property at 360 Minor Road, according to the press release. “I knew that 360 Minor Road would be a great fit for what Benjamin International was looking for,” Taylor said in the press release. “Combined with the city’s efforts and pro-business policies, the property quickly rose to the top of the list.”