CBIA member FuelCell Energy, Inc., a global leader in fuel cell power plants, held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for a $65 million two-phased project expected to be completed within four years.

Left to right: Bryan Garcia, President CT Green Bank; John Rolls, Chairman of the Board FuelCell Energy; Commissioner Smith of DECD; Governor Malloy; Torrington Mayor Carbone; Chip Bottone, CEO; Mike Bishop, CFO; Tony Rauseo, COO
FuelCell Energy executives at the groundbreaking ceremony with Gov. Malloy, DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith, and other local and state officials.

The Torrington facility expansion will enhance and streamline logistics functions and manufacturing processes, and prepare for subsequent manufacturing capacity expansion.

"We are proud that FuelCell Energy is continuing to grow its presence in Connecticut, particularly because it is a company that is nurturing and creating the type of cutting edge, innovative jobs that are leading the 21st century economy, all while helping to advance our environmental goals,” said Governor Malloy.

“These are the advanced technologies that are helping our state, our nation, and our world reduce its carbon pollution, and truly helping make a positive impact."

The company expects to add 165 positions in phase one and 160 positions in phase two. FuelCell Energy currently has over 500 employees in the state.

“We are experiencing increasing interest in our affordable and highly efficient on-site power generation solutions and this phased expansion is positioning us for further growth,” said Chip Bottone, CEO, FuelCell Energy, Inc.

“We value the highly talented and motivated work force available in Connecticut and the close coordination between government, industry and the university system to align for economic growth and business success.”

The expansion was made possible in part by an assistance agreement with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

FuelCell Energy global headquarters are in Danbury, and the North American manufacturing facility is located in Torrington.