MASSECON HONORS MASSACHUSETTS COMPANIES FOR JOBS, FACILITY GROWTH, AND INVESTMENT

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Photo (L-R): Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham, State Representative Paul Brodeur, Governor Charlie Baker, Representative Paul J. Donato, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Jay Ash and State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg.

MassEcon held its 13th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards luncheon recently to recognize 14 companies making outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy in 2016.

Over 400 people attended the ceremony, which was held at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel with Citizens Bank as the presenting sponsor.

Governor Charlie Baker praised the companies for their “commitment to growing the Massachusetts economy and an ability to deliver on their investments. Thank you for choosing to grow your business in Massachusetts, the state looks forward to your continued success.”

Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon thanked the companies, “for staying and growing here, and for their confidence in the future of the Commonwealth.”

Since January 2015, the winning companies added more than 1900 jobs to the Commonwealth, invested over $354 million, and expanded their facilities by more than 1 million square feet. The winners, drawn from across the state, ranged in size and industry, including manufacturing, biotechnology, medical devices, food, and technology.

Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade, praised MassEcon for “representing business development throughout the entire state, from Boston to Westfield and from Lawrence to New Bedford. These awards validate the Baker-Polito Administration’s promise to grow the economy from one corner of the Commonwealth to the other.”

This year’s 14 winning companies were selected after site visits and a reception with their competitors and judges in September. The reception enabled senior executives from the companies to present their attributes in the categories of job growth, facility expansion, investment, and community impact.

Shire, a leading global biotechnology company based in Lexington, received a Gold Award. In accepting the award, Perry Sternberg, head of Shire’s US Commercial operations, announced that the company will occupy 343,000 additional square feet in Cambridge starting in 2019.

Chris Doughty, owner of Capstan Atlantic of Wrentham, another Gold award winner, said his company is adding jobs in Massachusetts because of “the skilled and trained workforce. The state over time has become more and more business friendly.”

Jeff Burbank, founder and CEO of NXStage of Lawrence, another Gold award winner, said the Team Economic Impact Awards evaluation process gave him a welcome new perspective on business. “This has given us a chance to meet other businesses and entrepreneurs from the Commonwealth,” he said.

Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts, said, “Supporting the Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards is part of Citizens Bank’s commitment to strengthening communities where we live and work.”

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THIRTEENTH ANNUAL TEAM MASSACHUSETTS ECONOMIC IMPACT AWARD WINNERS

Region Gold Silver Bronze
Central Bristol-Myers Squibb

Devens

Acacia Communications

Maynard

Woonsocket Glass Fabricators

Whitinsville

Greater Boston Shire

Lexington

Autodesk

Boston

IBM Watson Health

Cambridge

Northeast NxStage Medical

Lawrence

TraceLink

North Reading

Hoff’s Bakery

Malden

West Prolamina

Westfield

Jarvis Surgical

Westfield

PV Sullivan Supply

Chicopee

Southeast Capstan Atlantic

Wrentham

HTP

New Bedford