MassEcon Announces 21 Finalists for Annual Economic Impact Awards

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MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, has announced the 21 finalists for its 2015 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards.

This year’s finalists represent a diverse set of companies all across the Commonwealth. They range in size and are drawn from industries such as manufacturing, life sciences, hospitality, technology, and food and beverage. Together this year’s finalists have added over 1,500 jobs to the Commonwealth, invested over $394 million, and expanded their facilities by nearly 2 million square feet since January 2014, according to MassEcon.

Each of the finalists will present a one-minute elevator pitch to a panel of judges on September 16, 2015 at Nutter McLennen & Fish LLP in Boston. Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary for Technology and Innovation at Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, is the featured guest at the event.

Now in its 12th year, the Impact Awards are based on the job growth, investment and facility expansion of Massachusetts companies. Winners from each of the five regions will be announced in October and recognized at an awards luncheon on November 24 in Boston.

Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon, said “We are delighted to recognize the businesses in Massachusetts that contribute so much to our state’s success. The diverse set of industries and regions represented by this impressive group of companies demonstrates the overall strength of our Commonwealth.”

Here is the list of finalists for the 12th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards:

Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing – Lee
Kennametal – Greenfield
Mohawk Fine Papers – South Hadley

Joseph Abboud Manufacturing – New Bedford
LaFrance Hospitality Company- Wareham
South Shore Millwork, Inc. – Norton

Aspen Technology – Bedford
Bake’n Joy Foods – Ayer
Energi – Peabody
Jabra – Lowell
Southwick – Haverhill

GE Healthcare – Marlborough
Great Wolf Lodge – Fitchburg
Jack’s Abby – Framingham
SanDisk – Marlborough
Simplivity – Westborough

Baxalta – Cambridge
Carbonite – Boston
CarGurus – Cambridge
LogMeIn – Boston
Trip Advisor – Needham

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