Proton Energy Systems Announces Plans to Build New Facility

June 04, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Proton Energy Systems Inc. (Rocky Hill, CT) announced plans to build a new 100,000-square-foot manufacturing, product development and research facility on 44 acres of land in the Medway Industrial Park in Wallingford, CT. The building will be designed and built by Casle Corp. (Avon, CT).

The new facility will allow the company to consolidate all operations under one roof and provide the manufacturing and development space needed for its growth over the next several years. Proton Energy plans to manufacture its HOGEN hydrogen generators and its UNIGEN regenerative fuel systems at this facility. Employees will move from the company’s two locations in Rocky Hill, CT, to the new headquarters when completed. The new space will accommodate up to 500 employees. It will include office space for the company’s corporate staff, manufacturing space to produce early production volumes of products, and research and development space to advance Proton Energy’s technology in concert with its business goals. The building is being designed to allow for an additional 50,000 square feet of expansion.

President and CEO Walter Schroeder commented, “Connecticut is proving to be a good place to grow a company like ours because fuel cell technology largely originated here. The state offers a deep base of skilled workers from a variety of fields. Hiring skilled people will be essential for Proton’s continued growth and success. We have also had good results recruiting selected engineers and other professionals from outside the state. Part of that success is due to the fact that Proton offers an exciting and rewarding environment where each of us really can make a difference. But the excellent quality of life in Connecticut is an important part of the package.”