Apex Industrial Park

Apex Industrial Park
Apex is a large industrial settlement, north of Las Vegas, without a single residential building. Highway 93 passes through an electrical production center, with four separate gas fired power plants (the Harry Allen, Silverhawk, Apex, and Chuck Lenzie generating stations), spurred into production by the Enron-compelled energy crisis, and three industrial scale photovoltaic solar power plants, one of which covers more than two square miles. Much of the area was the grounds of a former Kerr McGee rocket fuel plant and propellant storage facility. A portion of the property was developed into the Blue Oasis a shrimp farm, which intended to supply some of the 20 million pounds of shrimp that are consumed in Las Vegas annually, 90% of which comes frozen from Asia. The operation closed in 2012 after a year.

National Atomic Testing Museum

National Atomic Testing Museum
The official museum about the atomic testing program, largely conducted at the Nevada Test Site, sixty miles north of Las Vegas, is just a short distance from the Strip in Las Vegas. The museum is full of interesting displays, and was established with the support of the primary contractors at the site, Bechtel, EG&G, and Wackenhut, as well as the DOE, and the national labs, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos. It is an affiliate museum of the Smithsonian, and was built on the grounds of the Desert Research Institute, a state laboratory, based in Reno, which does scientific work at the Nevada Test Site. The museum opened in 2005, and Bill Johnson, the primary DRI archeologist for the Nevada Test Site, served as the museums founding director for many years.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has one of the largest contiguous expanses of asphalt in the west, more than a full square mile of parking, which continues across the interstate with the an automotive auction lot, more than a mile long, with space for more than 10,000 cars. The speedway (owned by a company based in Charlotte North Carolina, NASCAR ground zero) is also the location for the Electric Daisy Carnival, the largest electronic dance music festival in the country, held annually in the early summer, with as many as 350,000 people raving over three days and nights, a massive conflation of heaven and hell.

Submarine Force Library and Museum

Submarine Force Library and Museum
With the Electric Boat manufacturing center and the New London Submarine base just a few miles from one another on its shores, the Thames River estuary is the epicenter for American submarines. Between them, at the southern end of the navy base, is the Submarine Force Library and Museum, the institution offering the official history for underwater warfare, full of elaborate dioramas, cross-sections, full-scale weaponry including ICBMs, and more. Outside, in the river, is the Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine, which visitors are allowed to enter and explore.

Stratford Army Engine Plant Site

Stratford Army Engine Plant Site
Built originally in 1929, by Sikorsky Aircraft, and located next to what is now called Sikorsky Airport, this was the company’s main fixed wing aircraft plant up to WWII. Sikorsky merged with Vought in the late 1930s, and expanded here, and in other places, during the war. After the war, Vought moved to Dallas, and Sikorsky moved its operations from here to other facilities, focusing on helicopters, and not needing airport runways. The main plant here was taken over by the Air Force, and designated as Air Force Plant 43, used in the production of aircraft engines, employing as many as 10,000 people during the Vietnam War. In 1976, it was transferred to the Army. Contractors operating the facility have included Avco, Textron, and Allied Signal, which moved its production to Phoenix in 1995, while the Army moved its production to Anniston, Alabama. Redevelopment plans have been swirling around environmental remediation plans since then, and most of the two million square feet in 50 buildings is still unused.

Sikorsky Headquarters Stratford

Sikorsky Headquarters Stratford
This plant is the home of Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky was a pioneer in helicopter technology, leading advances that allowed these crafts to become commonplace. The company was founded by Igor Sikorsky in 1925. For most of its existence it was owned United Technologies, the aviation and tech conglomerate based in Connecticut. Before WWII, it designed and built fixed-wing aircraft, turning to rotary aircraft mostly after the war. It has designed and built dozens of helicopter types, including the heavy lifting Sky Crane, and military helicopters like the Blackhawk, Pavehawk and Seahawk, and supplied the presidential helicopters since 1957. It has manufacturing facilities here and at a few other locations in Connecticut (Trumbull, Shelton, and Bridgeport), as well as at Fort Worth and Grand Prairie, Texas; West Palm Beach, Florida; Coatesville, Pennsylvania; and Huntsville and Troy, Alabama. Sikorsky was purchased by Lockheed in 2015 for $9 billion.

Trumbull Data Center

Trumbull Data Center
This data center has been associated with NASDAQ, and is in an office park with a few other data centers, associated with Bridgewater, Digital Realty, and others. The office park has also been home to Unilever consumer products testing.

Glenbrook Earth Station

Glenbrook Earth Station
A major television teleport near Stamford, which for decades has been used to transmit and receive signals for the four major television networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox) and other cable TV channels. It is part of a nationwide satellite uplink/downlink system with other earth stations owned by the company in the USA (Atlanta, Lino Lakes MN, and Los Angeles), as well as four more abroad, that enable constant connection with communication satellites circling the earth. It is operated by Encompass Digital Media.

Ensign Bickford Aerospace and Defense Simsbury

Ensign Bickford Aerospace and Defense Simsbury
Ensign Bickford Aerospace and Defense develops directed energy explosives for weapons and rockets, and has been based here in Simsbury since 1837. It started in the 1830s, when William Bickford invented the safety fuse. In the 1930s, the company developed Primacord, and advanced detonator and shaped charge technology, used in atomic bombs, missiles, and rockets. In 1987, the Space Ordnance Division became the separate Ensign Bickford Aerospace Company. It has grown further with acquisitions, and has plants in Graham, Kentucky; and Moorpark, California. It shares some of its site in Simsbury with the explosives company DynoNobel.

Consumer Reports Automotive Test Site

Consumer Reports Automotive Test Site
The consumer testing organization, Consumer Reports, operates a vehicular testing facility in Colchester, Connecticut. The 327-acre site, in the woods in southeastern part of the state, is the largest independent automotive test site devoted to consumer interests. It has a full-time staff of around 30 people, and around 60 vehicles are purchased anonymously every year, and tested here, driving around 900,000 miles annually. Consumer Reports main product and service testing center is in Westchester, New York.
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