WILTON — The Planning Board on Thursday approved an application for an automotive upholstery plant inside the former tannery building owned by John Black.

LeBaron Bonney Co. owner Scott Holbrook has said he plans to hire 11 to 15 people at the plant. He told the Planning Board that he has already hired three locals, who are training at the company headquarters.

LeBaron Bonney, based in Amesbury, Massachusetts, produces auto interiors for antique car restorations and custom jobs, according to its website. Its antique line of interior products fits over 800 vehicles from 1916 to 1962, including Ford and General Motors vehicles.

Holbrook said he hopes to begin operations in July.

Renovations Black has planned for his building may trigger a site plan review, board members said. Code Enforcement Officer Charlie Lavin said he would speak with Black about his plans for the building.

In other business, the Planning Board unanimously approved an application to license a program at Academy Hill School as a day care facility, and as an after-school and summer program.

The application is “just a designation,” said Doug Saunders of the Franklin County Children’s Task Force. He told the board that he hopes the 21st Century program can attract more low-income families because of the subsidies and reimbursement programs offered for day care costs.


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