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November 2, 2022

Soma Technology plans new warehouse in Bloomfield

Contributed Peter Leonidas is the founder and CEO of Soma Tech International, which has seen significant demand for its refurbished medical equipment.

Soma Technology, a medical device supply company, is proposing to build a 40,443-square-foot warehouse next to its existing facility at 110 Highland Park Drive in Bloomfield, more than doubling the size of its footprint.

Rocky Hill-based Rotundo Developers has applied for a special permit that would allow it to construct the addition to its existing 30,066-square-foot building, which contains a warehouse and offices.

Soma Technology’s business has been booming. The company, which sells refurbished medical equipment, told the Hartford Business Journal in September that it was seeing increased demand for refurbished devices as healthcare providers continue to face pressure to control or even reduce costs.

Peter Leonidas, president and CEO of Soma, said the company needs the additional space to expand and house its specialty surgical rental business as well as its new replacement parts and accessories business, along with raw equipment.

The new building would be on an adjacent parcel at 160 Highland Park Drive, which consists of undeveloped woodlands. The project involves merging the two lots and building a new paved parking area, access driveway and three-position loading area.

New landscaping between the proposed warehouse addition and Highland Park Drive will match existing landscaping between Soma’s existing facility.

Natural vegetation will screen the building from the east, and the loading and outside storage areas are behind the buildings and not visible from the road, according to the application.

A retaining wall will also be installed, along with lights that are more than 14 feet tall.

Soma Technology was founded in 1992 in a small facility in Rocky Hill. As it expanded, it moved to Cheshire in 1996 and to its current location in Bloomfield in 2008.

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission on Oct. 27 continued the application to its Nov. 17 meeting. The application needs wetlands approval before the commission can act.

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