> Out and About: Mark Garlasco

Out and About: Mark Garlasco

Out and About: Mark Garlasco
Located at 805 Bloomfield Avenue in Windsor, TLD manufactures products that most people notice but don’t pay much attention to when traveling by air: aviation ground support equipment—that fleet of vehicles you see maneuvering across the tarmac, bearing luggage, cleaning and air conditioning equipment, food and more. Much like the equipment it designs, assembles, distributes and supports, TLD has operated a little under the radar here in Windsor for decades, serving its clients efficiently, creatively, to high standards—and to a great deal of success.

The company’s roots lie in France, where TLD was formed in 1897 as a silk weaving business and later transitioned to a steel manufacturer in the 1930s. TLD has been located in Windsor since 1972, when it acquired ACE, a company that had been manufacturing aviation ground equipment since the 1950s. TLD today is a multinational business, with more than ten factories in America, Asia and Europe. The company’s clients—airlines, airports, cargo shippers, ground handlers and military organizations—are located all over the world in just about every country.

TLD-USA’s CEO Mark Garlasco’s career path reflects the reasons why he feels it is a great company to work for—a place whose environment and values exemplify the company’s slogan, “Local Support, Total Commitment.” Upon earning an engineering degree from the University of Connecticut, he worked at an aerospace company in his native Long Island. Wanting a more hands-on experience, he contacted a UConn friend who was working at TLD. “He told me about this great place in Windsor where you worked on everything,” Mark says. He enjoyed his first TLD job, and learned many skills before moving to Pratt & Whitney to build on his management ability. After leaving P&W and developing an aerospace product on his own, he eventually returned to the supportive TLD environment, where he moved up through management positions.

Mark stresses the benefits of TLD’s environment for employees. “Anybody working in any of TLD’s factories, including Windsor, is going to have a very hands-on experience, including feedback from others who are more experienced, and a large range of products to work on.” He says that because of the size of the factory, “it’s natural for people to just know each other.” TLD prides itself on a healthy working environment, and valuing the employees who work with them.

One of TLD’s challenges today is finding and hiring people in a low-unemployment environment. Human resources manager Debbie Dorman says, “New college graduates often overlook us and go to other companies that are more well-known in the area.” To counter that, TLD works with UConn, the University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University to attract young talent for internships and post-college employment.

Beyond the importance of employees working together, Mark emphasizes the company’s dedication to serving its customers, which was demonstrated in the days and years after 9/11, when the aerospace industry contracted. Other companies in the industry pulled back in staffing and capacity, but TLD stayed fully staffed and ready to serve. This loyalty to their customers and workforce helped them rebuild and grow to become one of the top companies in the industry.

Closing in on its fiftieth year in town, TLD continues to view Windsor as a good place to do business, thanks to its location, access to transportation, cooperative local government and highly skilled base of employees.


by Aretha Prabawa, a 2019 graduate of Windsor High School.


Events

Diabetic Support Group
Jan 21 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 21 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 22 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Bridge-Builder Awards Reception
Jan 23 at Town Hall Council Chambers
Burgers & Brews
Jan 23 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Veterans Coffee Hour
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Lobster Fest
Jan 24 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Money Matters (& So Does Food)
Jan 25 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Jan 26 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 27 at Windsor Public Library
360FCU Business Summit 2020
Jan 28 at 360 Federal Credit Union, 191 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks
Learn to Crochet
Jan 28 at Windsor Public Library
Beer, Bourbon, Bacon Dinner
Jan 29 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 29 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Regional Legislative Breakfast
Jan 29 at DoubleTree Hotel, 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks CT 06096
Book Buzz Event
Jan 30 at Windsor Public Library
Burgers & Brews
Jan 30 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Beer, Wine, & Tavern Games Night
Jan 31 at Windsor Historical Society
Lobster Fest
Jan 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
WWC Tag & Vendor Sale
Feb 1 at L.P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Wndsor
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Feb 2 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 2 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Super Bowl Munchie Buffet
Feb 2 at The Tavern at Keney Park 171 Windsor Ave, Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Feb 4 at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Feb 4 at Chamber office
Windsor Center Complete Street
Feb 4 at Windsor Station Apartments, 69 Mechanic St, Windsor
Blood Pressure Screenings
Feb 5 at Senior Center located at LP Wilson Community Center.
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 5 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave
Genealogy Support Group 2.6.20
Feb 6 at Windsor Historical Society
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Feb 8 at The Bean @ 226
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Feb 9 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 9 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Cut the Cord
Feb 10 at Windsor Public Library
Job Application Appointments
Feb 10 at Windsor Public Library
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Feb 11 at Chamber Office
Learn to Crochet
Feb 11 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Feb 11 at Chamber office
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Wednesdays at Kimberly Hall North
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Feb 12 at Chamber office
B.P. Educational Sessions.
Feb 12 at Windsor Town Hall
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 12 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Feb 12 at TLD ACE Corporation, 805 Bloomfield Avenue in Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Valentines Day Dinner
Feb 14 at The Tavern at Keney Park 171 Windsor Ave, Windsor CT 06095
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Feb 16 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 16 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Diabetic Support Group
Feb 18 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Feb 18 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Konmari Presentation
Feb 20 at Windsor Public Library
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Feb 23 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 23 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Monday Morning Book Club
Feb 24 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Feb 25 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Job Application Appointments
Feb 27 at Windsor Public Library
Veterans Coffee Hour
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
The Windsor Feud
Feb 29 at Windsor Town Hall
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Mar 1 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 1 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Learn to Crochet
Mar 3 at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Mar 3 at Chamber office
Blood Pressure Screenings
Mar 4 at Senior Center located at LP Wilson Community Center.
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 4 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave
Windsor Center Complete Street 2
Mar 4 at Jim's Pizza, 124 Poquonock Ave
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Mar 7 at The Bean @ 226
Irish Step Dancing Performance
Mar 7 at Windsor Public Library
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Mar 8 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 8 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Cut the Cord
Mar 9 at Windsor Public Library
Job Application Appointments
Mar 9 at Windsor Public Library
Art Demonstration
Mar 10 at L.P. Wilson Community Center
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Mar 10 at Chamber Office
Jolly Beggars
Mar 10 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 10 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Mar 10 at Chamber office
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Wednesdays at Kimberly Hall North
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Mar 11 at Chamber office
B.P. Educational Sessions
Mar 11 at Windsor Town Hall
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 11 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Mar 11 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Taste of Windsor
Mar 14 at Loomis Chaffee School
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Mar 15 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 15 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Diabetic Support Group
Mar 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Mar 17 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 18 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Chinese Paper Cutting
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center