Twenty-two finalists Compete for MassEcon’s 2014 Economic Impact Awards

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(Caption: Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development)

Excitement is building for this year’s 2014 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, presented annually by MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts.

Earlier this month, MassEcon announced the twenty-two companies that are finalists for the award, representing five regions of the state: West, Southeast, Northeast, Central and Greater Boston. They range in size and are drawn from various industries like education, robotics, manufacturing, life sciences, energy, consumer goods, information technology and advertising.

“We are thrilled to recognize the businesses in Massachusetts that contribute so much to our state’s prosperity,” says Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon. “The range of industries and regions represented by this outstanding group of companies demonstrates the overall strength of our Commonwealth.”

On September 17, the finalists present one-minute elevator pitches describing their growth to a panel of judges and business leaders. Greg Bialecki, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, is a featured guest at the event.

“These Team Massachusetts finalists are making significant contributions to our state’s economy,” says Bialecki. “I applaud these companies for their investment and look forward to our ongoing partnership as they continue to expand and create jobs here in Massachusetts.”

The winners from each of the five regions will be announced in October, and presented with their awards on November 25 at a luncheon in Boston at which Citizens Bank is presenting sponsor.

Here are finalists by region:

Menck Windows – Chicopee
Nuclea Biotechnologies, Inc. – Pittsfield
Sinicon Plastics, Inc. – Dalton

AccuRounds, Inc. – Avon
Crown Uniform & Linen Service – Brockton
Hydroid, Inc. – Pocasset
Matouk – Fall River
SolarCity – Pembroke

Asahi/America – Lawrence
Entegris, Inc. – Bedford
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. – Burlington
Solectria Renewables – Lawrence
PlumChoice, Inc. – Lowell
Toxikon Corporation– Bedford

AIS, Inc. – Leominster
Pall Life Sciences – Westborough
Quest Diagnostics – Marlborough

Biogen Idec, Inc. – Cambridge
EF Education First – Cambridge
Havas Media/Arnold Worldwide – Boston
Pfizer, Inc. – Cambridge
uniQure – Lexington

Best of luck to all of the finalists!

To learn more about Massachusetts’ economic development strategy, visit the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development.