Autonomous underwater vehicle manufacturer relocates to Middletown

MIDDLETOWN – City leaders have approved a rental agreement with a manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles based in Wallingford for offices in the business incubator building in the North End.

Autonomous systems Exocetus, based out of Research Parkway in Wallingford, will move to a 3,500 square foot space on the ground floor of the facility, according to CEO Joseph Turner, who grew up in Middlefield and graduated from Xavier High School in Middletown.

Exocetus is a designer, manufacturer and service provider of autonomous underwater vehicles and gliders that “believes in open concept vehicles and operations,” according to its website.

The lease is for 10 years, with an option to renew for five more.

In the first year, the company will pay $ 1,895 per month ($ 22,740 per year). This will increase each year until the 10th, when the rent increases to $ 2,473 per month ($ 29,676 per year).

Turner said the former Remington Rand plant is an ideal location for the business.

“Access to the Coginchaug, Mattabasset and Connecticut rivers allows us to quickly test concepts in an aquatic environment without having to drive to shore.

The company was subletting a unit to a larger company, the CEO said. “I looked at the spaces along the I-91 corridor, and the RW Keating building was really ideal. The city’s work at the RW Keating building is really interesting, and we are happy to be a partner in the revitalization of this magnificent old building.

Turner’s family have been in the Middletown area for 30 years, he said. “I’ve always liked downtown and wanted a space close to it… and I’m happy to have a lively setting close to our office.

Turner is a former Navy surface nuclear warfare officer who “cut his teeth in management and leadership on the extremes from the largest ships in the Navy (aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson) to the smallest ships in the Navy. Marine (Riverines), ”the website says.

The new space will be used as an office, development lab and assembly space, Turner said. “Exocetus started out as an underwater vehicle company and focuses on multi-domain autonomy for the ocean, ie autonomous flying, surface and underwater vehicles, as well as software. and the platforms that allow them to operate at sea with little or no human. intervention.”

The company plans to use the space to develop and test its new concepts, as well as to assemble current products for our customers, ”he added.

Virginia C. Taylor

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