Ex-Pratt engineers lift their Addaero manufacturing venture

Ex-Pratt engineers lift their Addaero manufacturing venture

Ex-Pratt engineers lift their Addaero manufacturing venture

(Hartford Business Journal, 1/15/18)

A pair of former Pratt & Whitney engineers got off to a fast start once they opted to venture three years ago into the additive-manufacturing space with their own enterprise, Addaero Inc.

President Richard J. Merlino of Vernon and Operations Vice President David Hill of Farmington, plus two others, launched their New Britain company in Aug. 2014, occupying a 6,600-square-foot portion of the old Fafnir Bearings plant on John Street.

Four months later, with funding from Hartford Economic Development Corp. (HEDCO), CIC in Hamden and Webster Bank, they acquired their first additive machine, a Swedish-made Arcam Model A2X electron-beam unit that cost $1 million, Merlino said.

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