P2 Science, a start-up specialty chemical company, moved to Woodbridge from New Haven this month. First Selectman Ellen Scalettar and Economic Development Commission chair Jody Ellant welcomed the business to Woodbridge and toured the facility.
P2 Science makes synthetic chemicals from renewable sources to be used in perfumes, cosmetics and related applications such as specialty polymers and personal care products. Traditionally these products are made from petrochemical sources. P2 Science is “looking to offset the use of petroleum, especially when it comes to putting things on our skin,” said Chief Science Officer, Patrick Foley. “It’s exciting to have another young company with big ideas in Woodbridge,” said Scalettar.
The company was founded in late 2011 and was based in New Haven’s Science Park. When the lease on their lab space was up, the company was looking to relocate. Woodbridge was an ideal location for the company’s five employees who live in New Haven.
P2 Science is now in the old lab space built for Bayer. “This is a chemist’s dream,” says Chemical Engineer Alex Chapeaux. The state of the art lab space has many hard-to-find features. P2 Science found the Woodbridge lab with help from REX Development, the regional economic development service. “REX was very pro-active and found a location for us that we did not even know was available. It is so perfectly suited for what we are doing, we are happy to show it off to our customers who are coming in to visit us from across the US, Europe and Asia,” says CEO Neil Burns.
After a tour and conversation about the business, Scalettar and Ellant warmly welcomed employees to Town, answered questions and gave tips about great Woodbridge restaurants, the abundance of trails, variety of sport centers, the quality of the library and benefits of Massaro Community Farm.
This visit by the First Selectman was one of many designed to create a stronger bond between Town Hall and the Town’s business community and to strengthen economic development in Woodbridge. Additionally, the Town’s Economic Development Commission has been inviting new and expanding businesses to its monthly meetings in order to learn about those businesses and why they chose Woodbridge.
If you know of a new or expanding business in Town, please contact Assistant Administrative Officer Betsy Yagla at email@example.com or 203-389-3403.