“I don’t think anybody goes into a small business and says, you know – I’m going to get rich at this one day. It’s just something you have fun doing what you’re doing and hopefully you can make a living doing it," said Pete Tucci, owner of Tucci Lumber Co.
Norwalk's Pete Tucci is moving his hand made bat biz to this 10,000 square foot space; a big jump from his start back at his household garage.
“I grew up in Norwalk and it means a lot to stay in Norwalk and build our product in Norwalk. And the town and the state are behind it," he said.
Today, the company makes and sells around 20,000 bats a year, eight times the amount just a few years earlier. And many of those bats are favored by more than a hundred major league baseball players. It’s the kind of success showing the benefit of the town’s business development program.
"Connecticut and Norwalk have been great," said Tucci. "One reason I moved here is because of the tax incentives."
“He’s the culmination of the American dream,” said Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk. “Here’s a young man, he’s a star baseball player. He had an idea, a dream, he took it and ran with it. And, now you can see the success.”
And the new space should only further his success. Baseball fans will not only be able to buy baseball bats, but other gear as well, such as hats and t-shirts. Plus, baseball fans get to test out their skills at the on-sit batting cage.