By Sadie Colcord
Economic Development Coordinator, Town of Beacon Falls
Located in the heart of Connecticut’s Naugatuck Valley Region, Beacon Falls is the industrial town you don’t know about – but should. With a thriving industrial core and abundant commercial real estate opportunities, Beacon Falls is home to a wide variety of companies – from nationally-renowned firms to small, family-owned businesses. Companies of all sizes and stages in the business cycle are integrated into the fabric of the community, as customer service to businesses is equally as important as customer service to residents. Beacon Falls aims to grow its workforce, support its businesses, and maintain its quality of life for residents. The forward-thinking, business-friendly culture of local government is one of many reasons that Beacon Falls would make an excellent location for your next business investment. Be sure to reach out to discover if Beacon Fall’s new tax incentive program may be relevant for your business expansion or relocation.
Location and Transportation
Beacon Falls is centrally located in Connecticut between Waterbury and Bridgeport along Rte. 8. To the north, Interstate-84 is accessible within a 10-minute drive; to the south, I-95 is also nearby via a 20-minute drive; and New York City can be reached within 90 minutes. The MetroNorth train station, located in the heart of downtown, offers convenient transportation to Bridgeport, New Haven, New York, and beyond – along with ferry access to Long Island. Additionally, Beacon Falls is conveniently situated between Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks and New York City’s airports, so there are many options for air travel.
Because of its location in the heart of Connecticut, Beacon Falls is surrounded by a ready and eager workforce in the nearby towns and cities. Connecticut is home to nearly 200,000 students from 40 institutions of higher education. Accordingly, Beacon Falls’ residents are well-educated and many are technically-trained, with 16% of the town’s workforce employed in manufacturing. Top industries in Beacon Falls include construction, manufacturing, and wholesale trade. The town’s industrial past has translated well to the workforce and production demands of the present.
When making a business investment in Beacon Falls, you can be sure that your workforce will live in a thriving and active community within the beautiful, green Naugatuck Valley. The town is home to contemporary mill-style apartments, large homes on sprawling lots, and everything in between. The Naugatuck River and Naugatuck State Forest offer exciting outdoor recreational opportunities, and the town’s industrial history gives way to fascinating cultural amenities.
Real Estate Opportunities
Beacon Falls has an inventory of commercial, industrial, and retail spaces available that range from existing buildings to “ready to build” sites. The town is home to two industrial parks and a downtown strip with public utilities, in addition to acres of open space zoned for commercial and industrial activity. In total, Beacon Falls has over 150 acres of developable land and nearly 350,000 s/f of building space available for purchase or lease. Needless to say, there is plenty of room for your business to grow here.
The Murtha Industrial Park is a 50-acre campus containing more than 250,000 s/f of warehouse and office space between nine units with expansion available. Key features of these units include 18-24 inch ceiling heights, 25 total loading dock positions, wide column spacing, full utilities, and a rail spur on-site. Only minutes from Rte. 8 and a short walk to the commuter rail station, this industrial park allows for quick and easy transportation for employees as well as shipped products.
On the other side of town, the Pinesbridge Commerce Park consists of more than 150 acres of land containing about 80,000 s/f of building space for rent or purchase, plus over 25 acres of developable land with full utilities. Within a half mile of the park, there are an additional 60 acres of developable land. The possibilities for expansion in Beacon Falls are vast, especially within the otherwise highly-developed Naugatuck Valley Region.
We encourage you to further explore Beacon Falls for your next business investment – you can check out our new business recruitment website, BeaconFalls.biz, to learn more. We have lots of room to grow, a well-connected transportation system, a highly-skilled workforce, and an unbeatable quality of life. Plus, local government understands and prioritizes the needs of the business community, and works with businesses to proceed quickly and smoothly through the land use regulatory process.
Please reach out to learn more about what Beacon Falls can offer your business!