October 16, 2021

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With move to Southbury, electric car charger company, Gyre9, expects production to grow 20-fold

SOUTHBURY — While the pandemic has wreaked havoc for the past 18 months, businessman and entrepreneur Ed Gilchrest’s Gyre9 company in Oxford has been one of the fortunate enterprises to see growth and success.

Gyre9 manufactures electric vehicle chargers, which Gyre9 is contracted to make for JuiceBarEV in Norwalk, that has produced consistent growth.

Because his space allows for a maximum 50 chargers produced a week, Gilchrest will move his main office and production company to a larger location in Southbury. With the move to the larger facility, Gilchrest will hire an additional 100 to 150 employees and have the potential to produce 1,000 chargers a week.

“Our charger division is seeing growth at a much higher rate than our other manufacturing,” Gilchrest said. “Our current facility in Oxford is small and has 11,000 square feet. We had to move and find a larger space in order to increase production.”

He spent several months looking at sites in towns a 20-mile radius of Oxford.

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