Baby-products firm relocates to Stamford
Baby-products manufacturer Mayborn Group has relocated its U.S. headquarters to downtown Stamford from Norwood, Mass., backed by a six-figure state investment, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday.
Mayborn has leased approximately 5,000 square feet in the office building at 1010 Washington Blvd., to house a roster of 16 employees. The company plans to add another seven by 2019.
“This is the latest example of an international company seeing tremendous opportunity in our state,” Malloy said in a statement. “Connecticut offers many competitive advantages for companies, and we are thrilled to now have Mayborn call Connecticut home.”
Mayborn is headquartered in Cramlington in northeast England, and it also maintains offices in Paris, Melbourne and Hong Kong. Its brands include Tommee Tippee, which includes feeding, soothing and hygiene products.
“This (move) locates Mayborn at the heart of some of the world’s leading consumer packaged-goods companies, providing a wider recruiting pool to supplement our current talent base,” Chris Parsons, president of Mayborn USA, said in a statement. “Stamford also is also rapidly becoming a hub for digital media, and this connectivity will further accelerate our shift to a digital-led business that represents huge upside to the entire Mayborn group.”
The Department of Economic and Community Development is supporting the project with a $300,000 loan and $100,000 matching grant through its Small Business Express program.
“We continue to see a diverse array of companies make commitments to grow and invest in our state,” DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith said in a statement. “Many of them cite our workforce, location and quality of life as key reasons for their move. This bodes well for the economy moving forward.”
In the lead-up to the move, Stamford’s economic development department helped to arrange tours of office space, provided background information about the city, and worked with 1010 Washington Blvd.’s landlord and Mayborn’s architect on office designs, said Thomas Madden, the city’s economic development director.
“We are thrilled that DECD came through with an incentive package that allowed Mayborn to locate here in Stamford,” Madden said. “This was a team effort between the city and the state to make this move happen.”
Another consumer-goods company, Henkel, last year relocated its North American consumer-goods headquarters to downtown offices, at 200 Elm St., from Scottsdale, Ariz. Henkel now employs close to 500 in Stamford.
Henkel is receiving from the state a $20 million loan — which could be fully forgiven if it reaches certain job-creation targets — as well as up to $5 million in tax credits and a $1.8 million sales tax exemption.
In another boon for Stamford, genomic-testing firm Sema4 announced earlier this month that it would relocate its Manhattan lab to Stamford and add some 400 jobs in the the state within the next five years. Most of the new positions would be based in Stamford.
A $6 million state loan is supporting the expansion.
Last September, Sema4 opened its headquarters at 333 Ludlow St., where it now employs 86.
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