December 27, 2010 | last updated May 30, 2012 12:59 am

CT SBID recipients announced

East Windsor manufacturer KTI, Glastonbury aerospace company HABCO and Southington medical device manufacturer Silex were among the 10 companies to receive $25,000 in Small Business Innovation and Diversification program money on Monday morning.

The $500,000 program is designed to help small Connecticut businesses develop, produce and introduce new products into the marketplace. The program administered by the Small Business Innovation Research Office, or SBIR.

In addition to the $25,000 innovation and diversification money, each of the 10 organization can use an addition $5,000 in student resources from the University of Connecticut on their specialized projects.

"There is no question - the future of manufacturing is innovation, whether it is in products, materials, production or distribution," Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a statement. "And few things in business are more difficult than starting a new firm or launching a new product. Yet we know that small and mid-size businesses are the epicenter of job growth in any economy and are especially important as our state recovers from the recession."

Since the first 10 recipients awarded a total of $250,000 of the SBID money on Monday, the remaining $250,000 will be announced at a later time.

The 10 grant winners announced Monday are:

  • HABCO, a Glastonbury-based aerospace company, is considering a move into the biomedical field to assist gait-impaired individuals by using its $17,500 grant for a study to assess the market potential and determine a marketing strategy for an innovative rehabilitation device developed by the University of Hartford.
  • KTI, an East Windsor-based manufacturer, received $25,000 to develop its additive manufacturing capability in order to secure a manufacturing contract from the Department of Defense for Phase I of its Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program. Further growth will be likely for KTI, its partners and suppliers as the JSF program moves into full procurement.
  • Tylaska Marine Hardware of Mystic applied its $25,000 grant to develop an improved clevis pin that will revolutionize the sailing industry and potentially double its sales, both maintaining and creating additional manufacturing jobs in the Groton area.
  • Plas-Pak of Norwich put its $25,000 award toward developing a plastic cartridge system that may effectively double its operations and employees and potentially eliminate about 30 million pounds of plastic from landfills annually.
  • Silex, a Southington company that manufactures medical devices, will use its $25,000 to develop a lower-cost plastic arm reusable laparoscopic device that will serve underdeveloped international markets and increase sales by 50 percent.
  • Fairfield Crystal Technologies in New Milford is allocating its $25,000 to the pilot production of materials that will improve the process and reduce the cost of producing High Brightness LEDs and will initially allow for roughly a 35 percent increase in staff. The technology will open opportunities for other applications including data storage and communication, water/air purification and detection/analysis of chemical and biological agents for homeland security uses.
  • Edmunds Gages in Farmington is funding software and hardware research and development in support of its touch screen fixed image gauging product with its $25,000. Its successful commercialization will retain and increase jobs as well as provide for in-state subcontracted products and services.
  • Tomtec, a Cheshire-based company, received a $25,000 grant to purchase components necessary for the production of a dried blood spot slide which will support a paradigm shift in instrumentation for pharmaceutical research in the bioanalytical market. The slide will allow them to serve a new market and will likely present more creative opportunities for new instrumentation designs.
  • Topolino Technologies of Bethel has invested its $25,000 grant in the production of prototype wheelchair wheels to transition from production of bicycle wheels into the wheelchair industry. This move will allow them to increase growth by 30 to 40 percent and retain jobs, some of which are anticipated to include physically challenged employees in order to better understand the market served.
  • Perey Turnstiles, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells crowd management, admissions and access-control mechanisms including tripod turnstiles, drop-arm turnstiles, optical turnstiles and gates. In 1999, employees of Perey Manufacturing Company, Inc., a New York corporation, bought the turnstile manufacturing portion of Perey Manufacturing Co. and formed Perey Turnstiles Inc., a minority/woman owned Connecticut corporation, and relocated to Stamford.
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