February 2, 2017

With CT's $500K, Cyient to expand, add jobs

An East Hartford aeroparts engineering design-manufacturer is getting state assistance to expand jobs in the state, authorities say.

Cyient Inc., 99 East River Drive, will receive a $500,000 loan from the state Department of Economic and Community Development for new machinery and equipment in return for its pledge to add 85 jobs over the next three years, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday.

The Bond Commission authorized the funding Wednesday.

A supplier to two of Connecticut's biggest helicopter and jet-engine builders – Stratford's Sikorsky Aircraft and East Hartford's Pratt & Whitney Co. -- Cyient currently employs 456 full-time Connecticut workers, Malloy said.

Established in 1991 in Hyderabad, India, as Infotech Enterprises Ltd., Cyient has some 12,000 employees in 38 locations across North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

It adopted the Cyient name in 2014, and recently relocated its U.S. headquarters from 330 Roberts St. in East Hartford to 99 East River Drive, where it plans to occupy an extra 15,500 square feet at an expanded delivery center at the site, officials said.

In 2015, Cyient acquired former Pratt & Whitney Global Services Engineering Asia.

Tom Edwards, president of Cyient North America, said, "Cyient's success is based on close collaboration with our clients, and these investments will allow us to stay close to our customers based both in Connecticut and across the country."

State Sen. Tim Larson (D-East Hartford) lauded Cyient's Connecticut expansion plans as "more proof that our agreement with Sikorsky is a good investment that is already growing jobs up and down the supply chain in Connecticut's aerospace manufacturing sector."

Last September, the state pledged $220 million in incentives to Sikorsky in exchange for its commitment to retain helicopter production and expand jobs in Connecticut through 2032.

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