BLOOMFIELD, CT – Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation (KIT) announced that it will relocate its headquarters to the Bloomfield, Connecticut campus of its parent company, Kaman Corporation (Kaman), effective Monday, December 12, 2011.
KIT will occupy two recently renovated buildings comprising a total of 40,000 square feet of office space, including the former headquarters building of Kaman’s Music division, which was sold in 2007.
The Kaman corporate campus is a 200 acre property owned by the company and located approximately 7 miles north of downtown Hartford and 8 miles south of Bradley International Airport. Kaman’s presence at the Bloomfield location was first established in 1953 when company founder Charles Kaman selected the site to serve as then Kaman Aircraft’s headquarters. Many of the company’s proudest achievements occurred at this site including:
- Production of over 700 aircraft including the H-43 Husky, SH-2 Seasprite and K-MAX Aerial Truck
- Development of the world’s first twin gas-turbine powered helicopter
- Development of the world’s first remote control helicopter
- Development of the world’s first all composite main helicopter blade
- Production of over 4,000 rotor blades for the AH-1 Cobra helicopter, the world’s first all-composite production blade
- Invention of Kamatics’ proprietary KAron technology
- Invention of the Ovation guitar
“As KIT continues to expand with another record sales year, it was important that our office facilities support our strategy, reflect our technology focus and sustain our highly efficient operations. Locating in newly designed state-of-the-art buildings on the main Kaman campus, offers us increased collaboration with other Kaman divisions and provides many benefits to our employees, customers and suppliers,” commented Steve Smidler, President of KIT.
KIT previously occupied leased space in Windsor, Connecticut, whose lease expires at the end of December. The move is a result of nearly two years of planning and construction.
The new address for KIT is 1 Vision Way, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Vision Way is the private road formerly known as Old Iron Ore Road. The new road name was adopted by the Bloomfield Town Council in November. It honors the visionary leadership provided by Charles Kaman the founder of both Kaman and the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which is also located on Vision Way.
In addition to the parent company headquarters, the campus is home to Kaman Aerospace Group headquarters, Kaman Specialty Bearings and its Kamatics division, Kaman Helicopters, Kaman Composites Group and the company’s worldwide data center. With this move the Bloomfield campus will house more than 900 of Kaman’s 4,700 worldwide employees.