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Glass firm buys site in Norwich business park

Norwich - A 70-year Norwich business considered moving out of town until the owners decided to look again at an available property in the Stanley Israelite Norwich Business Park.

The owners of New England Glass & Mirror Co., now in Greeneville, bought the building at 31 Connecticut Ave. on Friday for $840,000 from Blinderman Realty Associates LLC. The glass company plans to move into the much larger space within 60 to 90 days. The company already is doing renovations, including energy efficiency upgrades.

Company president and co-owner Carl Reiser said the company has been looking to purchase a building for several months. He and his partner, Tom Haling, looked at commercial space in Waterford and Rhode Island before checking out the mostly vacant building in the business park again.

Reiser credited Norwich Community Development Corp. Executive Director Robert Mills with keeping the company in Norwich. He said Mills worked with the owners to try to find space that would fit the company's needs.

"It's been a long process," Reiser said. "I was very impressed with Bob Mills and his organization. They stayed very close to us and kept us in Norwich."

Mills was pleased with the company's decision not only to stay in Norwich but to invest in the business climate here. He said the effort is part of NCDC's emphasis on retaining local businesses, filling vacant space in the business park and encouraging local companies to expand here.

New England Glass & Mirror now leases about 9,500 square feet of space at the intersection of Central Avenue and North Main Street in Greeneville. The glass company will move into 15,000 square feet of space. Viking Supply, now located a few doors down in the business park, also will move into the building, and Pro-Forming Sheet Metal will remain in the building, leasing from the new ownership company, 31 CT Ave. LLC.

Reiser said about 2,000 square feet of office space is still available in the building for lease.

New England Glass & Mirror Co. has been in Norwich since about 1930, Reiser said. When he and Haling bought the company in 1988, there were four glass companies in Norwich. It is now the only one.

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