TRUMPF breaks ground on new laser building

November 22--A new laser building being built on the campus of Farmington, CT, based TRUMPF Inc. is a reminder of the strength of Connecticut's high-tech manufacturing sector. Yesterday, the company broke ground on a new research and manufacturing facility that will be used to further develop new lasers, expand the company's production of laser resonators, and maintain its leadership in state-of-the-art laser technology.

This high-tech facility will add 83,000 square feet to the existing TRUMPF Inc. campus. The building will feature a new production hall designed for the manufacturing of different types of CO2 and solid-state laser resonators, as well as a laser research lab and laser development department. The building will also house the company's laser marking application and sales group and give the information technologies department a larger area for a state-of-the-art server room.

"This new building means much more than just more space," said Rolf Biekert, president and CEO of TRUMPF Inc. "It is a concrete example of our long-term commitment to the community, the region, the market, and of course to our employees. The new building means new products, new markets, new jobs, and new opportunities for all of us."

"TRUMPF Inc. is a great Connecticut success story," Governor M. Jodi Rell said. "The high-tech manufacturer began with just a few employees in 1969 and today its annual sales exceed $300 million. TRUMPF's newest expansion reinforces the message that Connecticut as business location provides tremendous opportunities for growth, profitability and innovation."

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