> 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.


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Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber Office
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
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Tourism Committee Meeting
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Ukulele Holiday Benefit Concert
Dec 10 at Windsor High School Auditorium
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
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Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
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Wreath Across America
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Diabetic Support Group
Dec 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
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Learn to Crochet
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Holiday Networking Breakfast
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Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ashley's Annual "Men's Night"
Dec 19 at ASHLEY'S DISTINCTIVE JEWELRY & GIFTS
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Kids Movie and Craft Night
Dec 20 at WAC Train Station Studio Classroom
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Dec 26 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
New Years Eve Surf & Turf
Dec 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
New Years Day Brunch
Jan 1, 2020 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 2, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Jan 4, 2020 at The Bean @ 226
HBG Adult Game Night at LP Wilson
1st Monday at LP Wilson Rec Center
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Jan 8, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 8, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jan 8, 2020 at Preserve at Great Pond, 2000 Day Hill Rd
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Jan 12, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber Office
Learn to Crochet
Jan 14, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber office
Transportation Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 15, 2020 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
Jan 16, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Jan 19, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Diabetic Support Group
Jan 21, 2020 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, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 22, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jan 23, 2020 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 27, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Jan 28, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 29, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Book Buzz Event
Jan 30, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
WWC Tag & Vendor Sale
Feb 1, 2020 at L.P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Wndsor
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 2, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Learn to Crochet
Feb 4, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Feb 4, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 5, 2020 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
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Feb 6, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Feb 8, 2020 at The Bean @ 226