After more than 50 years in the Bay Village neighborhood, the William S. Haynes Flute Company has moved to a space in Acton that is twice as big.
David Liquori, vice president of operations for Haynes, said the company was looking for a more modern facility. The Boston location had about 3,000 square feet of usable space, according to Liquori, but it was broken up into several smaller, awkward rooms. Their new 6,000 square-foot Acton location is more open, allowing the company to bring in new equipment, and increase productivity.
"We would have stayed in Bay Village if we could have gotten that kind of space for the price we got it for, but it just doesn't exist in downtown Boston," he said.
The Bay Village building belonged to the Haynes company until owner John Fuggetta died, and his widow, Stella Fuggetta, sold the company to Eastman Winds in 2004. She kept the building and rented it to the Haynes Company until they moved out in August. The 111-year-old brick office space on Piedmont Street is now for sale.
The sale to Eastman Strings six years ago pumped new capital into the company, marking what Liquori called a "renaissance" for Haynes, as well as an update of the design of the flutes.
"We have taken a lot of the design elements and incorporated those, so our flute has the same character and quality and has all the good characteristics Haynes was known for in its heyday," he said."It still plays like a Haynes, but it's better than ever."