Downtown Norwich printing business moving to former screenprinting shop in Taftville

November 14, 2018

Norwich — The owner of a downtown sign printing company has purchased and will move into the former Taftville home of BMTees Inc., a business connected with the federal indictment of five electric utility cooperative officials last week associated with lavish trips to the Kentucky Derby and a luxury golf resort.

Fran Houle, owner of Prokop Signs, purchased the building for 3,426.80 to BMTees to purchase custom golf balls and hats for participants of the October 2015 trip to the golf resort. “The golf balls were imprinted with the faces of several of the invited guests on the trip and were intended as gifts in connection with the trip,” the indictment stated.

A voicemail left on the BMTees phone number was not returned Wednesday.

New chapter for Taftville building

Houle said the fire damage was not extensive and did not cause structural damage to the building. He plans to move his printing equipment from his current location in the 1,800-square-foot building at 238 Boswell Ave. to the nearly 4,600-square-foot Taftville facility, where he also will have off-street parking for the business.

Prokop Signs started in 1997 on East Main Street, and Houle moved the business to the Boswell Avenue building 15 years ago. Houle also owns the Boswell Avenue building and plans to put it on the market once the move is complete.


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