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Malloy announces new tenant at Colt Gateway

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Thursday that Foley Carrier Services has relocated from Glastonbury to a space in the South Armory of Colt Gateway in Hartford.

The move to the new 17,000-square-foot facility will bring 70 jobs to Hartford right away, and there are plans to add up to 70 more in the future.

"This is great news for the city and marks a solid step towards transforming the historic Colt complex into a thriving retail, office, and commercial center," Malloy said. "Foley Carrier Services is a Connecticut success story in its own right, and will help us attract additional business and investment to the South Armory building. We welcome Foley Carrier and their employees to the capital city."

Foley Carrier Services was founded in 1992 and provides drug and alcohol testing and other services to help transportation providers remain in compliance with the regulations the Federal Department of Transportation has in place.

The company was acquired by BirdDog Solutions in 2010 and has more than 30,000 clients.

"Our relocation to Hartford is a textbook example of the good things that can happen when city and state officials work cooperatively with private companies and neighborhood groups," said Joel Sitak, BirdDog and Foley CEO. "This iconic site offers many advantages - including easy access to public transit, and is the ideal location to attract the high-potential people we need, particularly Spanish bilingual applicants to serve our burgeoning Latino customer base. We hope to hire up to 40 new associates over the next 12 to 15 months."

The company, which was given $500,000 from the state to move the business, will be relocating from Glastonbury into the South Armory. 

"When we found Colt, we were struck by a number of things," said David Wendall of Foley Carrier Services. "Most importantly, we could become part of a neighborhood Renaissance."

There are big plans by city and state officials for this historic site with developers to preserve the Colt legacy and revitalize the Colt complex as a gateway. However, it will be challenging to attract more companies to the site, which still needs a sufficient amount of work. 

"It costs just a lot more in base building to get this place up and running," said Larry Dooley, who is a Colt Gateway developer. "We have some environmental concerns, but they have not been extraordinary."

There are currently apartments and a handful of businesses in the Colt building. Laurie Schwartz and her husband have opened a cafe in the building.

"It has been a slow process, but we have to bring back all the Colt history," she said.

City and state officials said they hope to attract more businesses and apartments to the site. People have also considered putting a national park on the site.

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