Hartford Business Journal

January 19, 2015

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G r e at e r H a r t f o r d ' s B u s i n e s s n e w s w w w. H a r t f o rd B u s i n e s s . c o m for more B2B news visit January 19, 2015 Volume 23, number 8 $3.00 subscribe online Friday, March 20th, 2015 8:30am – 1:00pm Hartford Hilton L e a r n i n n o v a t e C o L L a b o r a t e S a v e SUMMIT ANNUAL 's Index ■ Reporter's Notebook: PG. 5 ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The List: PG. 10 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 11 ■ Nonprofit Profile: PG. 16 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 Moving In Tenants are starting to move in to downtown Hartford's newest batch of apartments. Find out why The Grand's inaugural tenant is making the move to the Capital City. PG. 3 Focus: TechnoloGy Diversification Play Canton's Kelyniam Global Inc. is best known for making facial and cranial implants, but the company's CEO sees a major new growth market for the medical device maker. PG. 8 Hartford sued over $12M Dillon Stadium project By Brad Kane bkane@HartfordBusiness.com H artford's efforts to demolish and redevelop an 80-year-old sta- dium to entice a professional soccer team to the Capital City have devolved into a legal fistfight. The original developer of the $12 million Dillon Stadium project in Hartford's Colt Park is suing the city and the project's current devel- oper, alleging that its idea for the revamped sports complex — includ- ing recruiting a minor league soccer team to play in it — was stolen. In its lawsuit, Hartford-based consultant Civic Mind Studios said Eastford mill aims to preserve CT's textile history By Christina H. Davis Special to the Hartford Business Journal W hen Deirdre Bushnell started her Eastford home business manufac- turing yarn, she figured it would be a small side project — a good way to supplement her income while she raised her young family. Much to her surprise, within six months of opening Still River Mill, her husband, Greg Driscoll, had to quit his job and join her full time because demand was so high. That was 15 years ago. Today, Still River Mill processes annually up to 7,000 pounds of raw fiber, freshly shorn from the hides of sheep, goats, Alpacas and even some dogs. Still River is a rare breed in Connecticut, standing as one of the few remaining textile mills able to remain economically viable amid decades of growing competition from lower-cost southern states and countries. The mill's focus on quality and small-batch production, and diverse array of services have helped keep the business churning over Continued on page 12 H B J P H O T O | B r a d K a n e P H O T O s | C H r i s T n a d a v i s Continued on page 14 Eastford's Still River Mill, shown above, is a rare breed in Connecticut, serv- ing as one of the few remaining textile mills operating in the state. Still River founder Deirdre Bushnell, shown at right tending to a batch of yarn, started her family-owned company 15 years ago with her husband Greg Driscoll. They now churn annually up to 7,000 pounds of raw fiber into yarn. Dillon Stadium developer Premier Sports Management Group said the city's goal of a 2016 reopening may not be realistic. The developer also said the city's $12 million project investment might not be enough.

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