Exchange Club in Canaan hears about 3 ventures

Post date: Mar 21, 2016 2:14:41 PM

New businesses with new ideas

Exchange Club in Canaan hears about 3 ventures

BY RUTH EPSTEIN Republican-American

CANAAN — The business scene in town is cranking up.

Members of the Canaan Exchange Club on Tuesday heard plans for three new ventures, including one with an international reach.

John Considine recently bought the former Brewer Brothers car dealership at 32 Railroad St. He said Viz-Pro will be occupying the southern end of the building. He then introduced Jason Wang, an owner of the enterprise, which markets and distributes products for teaching and promotional needs, including white boards and smart boards. Another line includes aluminum extrusions.

"And coming up are plastic instruments," Considine said.

Tromba products include plastic versions of brass musical instruments, such as trumpets and trombones. They can be purchased for less than $200, a much lower price than those made from metal. Reviews by professional musicians have been positive and Considine joked he could have saved a lot of money buying one of them rather than the real one, which his son played only twice.

"The sounds are good. They are not as affected by cold temperatures and they're not as heavy," Considine explained for Wang, who acknowledged his English proficiency was not yet strong. He did interject they will come in a variety of colors.

Wang said he came to know and love the Northwest Corner because his son attends Salisbury School.

"I think this is a great addition to have here in Canaan," Considine said, noting there is a tremendous amount of paperwork to fill out when an international company sets up in the United States. "But he is committed," Considine added.

He said Wang has signed a two-year lease.

The northern section of the building will house a business that sells barely used cars and more affordable ones. Considine said the focus will be on trucks and vans, and repairs will be available on site. He hopes it will become affiliated with a local body shop.

Considine also has purchased the former S.J. Masters store building on Church Street (Route 44), which will house Berkshire Hills Design, a shop that creates kitchens and bathrooms, and also sells tile. He said the business also will occupy two-thirds of the warehouse behind the shop and lease the other third to someone who makes tiles. The warehouse will open soon and the front showroom sometime in May. The business also will sell new and reclaimed flooring. He expects his businesses will employ 12 to 20.

"There's a lot on the table right now," Considine said. "We hope to get others on board here in Canaan. The more people we can get here, the better."

Wang told the group, "I am proud to stand here," adding he has several factories in China. He also has a business that deals with pharmaceuticals, selling medicine and health care products.

"He's very diverse," Considine said of Wang. "It's nice to have an international company that wants to come to Canaan."

"It's so beautiful here and the people are very friendly," Wang said. "We hope to develop the business big, and I think we can develop it quickly."

Resident Andy Gandolfo thanked Considine for "cleaning, fixing up and occupying Canaan."

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John Considine, left, and Jason Wang tell the Canaan Exchange Club on Tuesday about the new businesses coming to town. Ruth Epstein Republican-American