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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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Windsor Art Center Exhibit
May 25 at Windsor Art Center
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 25 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 27 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 28 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Bart's Cruise Night
Jun 29 at Bart's Drive In
Wildlife in Connecticut
Jun 29 at Windsor Public Library
Farmers Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
Jun 30 at L.P. Wilson
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jul 2 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jul 2 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jul 3 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jul 4 at Windsor Senior Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jul 5 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Bart's Cruise Night
Jul 6 at Bart's Drive In
Farmers Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
2022 Windsor Monarch Festival
Jul 9 at Windsor Center
Butterfly Paint Party
Jul 9 at Bart's, 55 Palisado Avenue
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jul 9 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jul 10 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jul 12 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Board of Directors Mtg
Jul 12 at online
DPH Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
Jul 12 at Windsor Main Library, 323 Broad St, Windsor, CT
Bart's Cruise Night
Jul 13 at Bart's Drive In
Farmers Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Virtual Book Club
Jul 14 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jul 16 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
SRL Irish Dance Academy Performance
Jul 16 at Windsor Public Library
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jul 16 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jul 17 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jul 18 at Windsor Senior Center
Programs Committee Mtg
Jul 18 at online
Starry Night Doodle Fun
Jul 18 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jul 19 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Chess & Connections
Jul 20 at Windsor Senior Center Cafe
Farmers Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jul 24 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Windsor Art Center Exhibit
May 25 at Windsor Art Center
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 25 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Windsor Art Center Exhibit
May 25 at Windsor Art Center
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 25 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 27 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 28 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Bart's Cruise Night
Jun 29 at Bart's Drive In
Wildlife in Connecticut
Jun 29 at Windsor Public Library
Farmers Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
Jun 30 at L.P. Wilson
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jul 2 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jul 2 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Windsor Art Center Exhibit
May 25 at Windsor Art Center
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 25 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios