MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– For 48 years Jerry’s Pizza in Middletown has been serving up their famous pies. Owner Antonio Lockwood says Pratt and Whitney employees are a big part of their business. He even knows many of them by name.
“We have a really good relationship with one of the security guards there. His name is Sal. His mother is at Water’s Edge on CHurch Street so we deliver to him sometimes when he’s visiting his mom,” said Lockwood.
Lockwood says they deliver pies to the plant on Aircraft Road at least three times a week. With the announcement that the manufacturing giant plans to add 8000 jobs in Connecticut over the next ten years, Jerry’s Pizza says business will get even better.
“It’s definitely gonna help us out, especially if more people are coming into Middletown and the population is getting bigger,” said Lockwood.
On Friday, Pratt and Whitney announced they have $1-trillion of business in their backlog. To help fill those orders the company says it will add 1000 engineering jobs in Connecticut in the next year. They expect to double their production by 2020 and then double it again by 2027.
On hearing the news Governor Dannel Malloy released the following statement:
“We are proud of Pratt & Whitney’s presence in Connecticut and are thrilled with their commitment to our state. This is announcement is proof positive that we are moving in the right direction and our investments – including the historic deal made with United Technologies in 2014 – have been successful in encouraging companies to expand right here in Connecticut. We are adding jobs in key, cutting-edge industries due to strategic investments, and have used competitive economic development policy to foster growth – but we must continue to do more to make Connecticut an economic hub of the region and the nation.”
For businesses in Middletown hearing that one of the area’s largest employers is staying put and expanding is a sign that their city will do the same.
“I think Mayor Dan Drew is doing a good job with everything with Middletown. And, I think bringing in 8000 people into Middletown in the next ten years will definitely be good for all the businesses in Middletown,” said Lockwood.