NORWALK, Conn. -- Teddy’s Transportation System kicked off its 80th anniversary year this quarter by moving from a family-owned building on Rowan Street it had occupied since 1987 into a new 4,500-square-foot headquarters at 25 Van Zant St. in Norwalk.
The new location, all on the ground floor, triples the firm’s former office space. The office build-out, done by Broadview Woodworks, created additional conference and training space, as well as a quiet room for chauffeurs on break. As with Teddy’s former location, the new headquarters is convenient to I-95, the Route 7 connector and the Merritt Parkway.
“Teddy’s team works tirelessly to provide the highest quality of chauffeured executive car service in Connecticut, and we have developed solid partnerships with many of the region’s premier corporations over the years,” said CEO Charles Wisniewski. “In 2011, as companies in our market area once again put executives back on the road for those face-to-face meetings that benefit their bottom line, we continued to grow and forge new relationships. The 2010 equity purchase of Hartford-based King Limousine also enabled us to extend a valuable mid-state presence to corporations we already serve in Fairfield County."
“We are proud to announce that Teddy’s Transportation System, Fairfield County’s premier limo service, has chosen 25 Van Zant Street, East Norwalk, as its new home,” said Winthrop Baum, the building’s owner and property manger, in a statement. “Considering the many options available to them, we were fortunate the combination of amenities suited Teddy’s to a ‘T’” he added. Ron Czebiniak was the broker for Teddy’s; WEB Realty Company handled 25 Van Zant Street for the landlord, Stafford Higgins Industries, Inc.
Turner Construction built 25 Van Zant Street in 1923. Ground was broken in March of that year, and The Hat Corporation of America took occupancy in December. It was the largest hat manufacturing facility in the U.S., in its heyday employing 3,000 workers in three shifts. The structure was solidly engineered to withstand an attack from land or sea, a common practice for coastline manufacturing plants built between the two world wars, as battleships had gained military importance during the First World War. Development of radar negated the need for the practice after World War II.
The five-story building, which sits on five acres between the Metro-North rail lines and Van Zant Street, was converted from industrial use to offices during the 1980s. Today, its 265,000 square feet is 70% occupied and home to many diverse businesses and nonprofits, from the U.S. headquarters of Maclaren Baby Strollers and the local franchise of Two Men and a Truck to the Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (CACLD). It’s a short walk to the East Norwalk train station and South Norwalk’s outstanding dining along Water and Washington Streets.
Teddy's Transportation System, founded in 1932, received a 2012 LCT Operator of the Year Award on Feb. 14 during the International LCT Show in Las Vegas, Nev.
Source: Teddy's Transportation