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Annie O'Connell
Communications Director

15 Growing Massachusetts Firms Named Winners of MassEcon “Impact” Awards

Diverse Companies in State’s 5 Regions Have this in Common: Expansion

 WATERTOWN, MAMassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts,  today announced its Fourteenth Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award winners, recognizing 15 companies for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy. The companies were selected on the basis of job growth, facility expansion, investment, and community involvement since January 1, 2016. The winners  will be honored at a luncheon on November 21, 2017 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, with Citizens Bank as presenting sponsor.

The winning companies (listed below) were selected after site visits and a reception with their competitors and judges at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

“Massachusetts is fortunate to have an involved, diverse and generous business community, and we are happy to recognize these exceptional leaders today,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. “Maintaining strong relationships between public and private sectors is crucial to long term economic growth, and providing community access to job opportunities across the Commonwealth.”

Susan Houston, MassEcon’s Executive Director said, “MassEcon is thrilled to celebrate these companies for their commitment to expanding in Massachusetts. Their investment and job growth stimulates benefits throughout the Commonwealth, and we are excited to publicly honor the achievements of these outstanding corporate citizens.”

“This is well earned recognition of companies committed to the long term growth and success of the Massachusetts economy.”  said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. “Citizens Bank is pleased to partner with MassEcon to celebrate the economic impact of those who are investing in new infrastructure, creating jobs and helping our citizens reach their potential.”

 FOURTEENTH Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award Winners

CentralNitto Avecia
Cumberland Farms
SMC Ltd.
Greater BostonThermoFisher Scientific
Brammer Bio
Clarks Americas
EMD Serono
SoutheastCold Chain Technologies
Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops
New England Ice Cream Corporation
WestU.S. Tsubaki
Avista Pharma Solutions

MassEcon champions Massachusetts as the best place to start, grow, or locate a business. Bringing the public and private sectors together, we work to create a supportive culture for business, enhance job growth, promote investment in communities, and spread prosperity thoughout the state.

 About the Winning Companies

Greater Boston Winners

Gold: ThermoFisher Scientific of Waltham – ThermoFisher Scientific is a biotechnology product development and scientific instrument company that expanded to a 280,000 square foot location in Waltham and added 38 jobs.

Silver: Brammer Bio of Cambridge – Brammer Bio is a cell and gene therapy biologics contract development and manufacturing company that added 50,000 square feet in Lexington, 66,000 square feet in Cambridge, and 49,000 square feet in Somerville. The company has invested roughly $41 million and added 125 jobs.

Bronze: Clarks Americas of Waltham – Clarks Americas in the world’s largest family-owned “brown shoe” company. Clarks invested $20 million in a 120,000 square foot expansion in Waltham and added 30 jobs.

 Central Winners

Gold: Nitto Avecia of Milford – Nitto Avecia is a company specializing in oligonucleotide production (short DNA or RNA molectules) and assists clients with pharmaceutical drug development. The company added 20,000 square feet to its Milford location, invested $40 million, and added 120 jobs.

Silver: Cumberland Farms of Westborough – Cumberland Farms is a HQ and distribution center for fuel and convenience store retailers. The company invested $15.5 million in a 110,000 square foot headquarters and distribution center in Westborough and added 50 jobs.

Bronze: SMC Ltd. of Devens – SMC Ltd. Is a leading contract manufacturer of various medical devices and medical equipment that invetsed $43 million in its 87,000 square foot expansion in Devens.

Northeast Winners

Gold: Kronos of Lowell – Kronos delivers human capital management and workforce management solutiosn in the cloud to help organizations attract, retain, and develop engaged employees. The company expanded in Lowell by 505,644 square feet, invested over $68 million and added 193 jobs.

Silver: EMD Serono of Billerica – EMD Serono specializes in developing therapies needed by patients with difficult to treat diseases. The company invested $12 million in a 31,000 square foot expansion in Billerica and added 204 jobs.

Bronze: Abiomed of Danvers – Abiomed is a leading manufacturer of medical devices that provide circulatory support. The company added 100,000 square feet, invested $40 million and 150 jobs in Danvers.

Southeast Winners

Gold: Cold Chain Technologies of Franklin – Cold Chain Technologies is a thermal packaging solutions designer, manufacturer, and distributor of temperature sensitive products for various companies in the life sciences field. The company invested $10 million in its Franklin location, added 88,000 square feet and 25 jobs.

Silver: Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops of Norwood – Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops is a manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of kitchen cabinets and countertops that expanded in Norwood by 60,000 square feet, invested nearly $6 million and added 45 jobs.

Bronze: New England Ice Cream Corporation of Norton – New England Ice Cream Corporation is a regional leader in production, sales, and distribution of frozen dessert products that invested $12.5 million in a 58,000 square foot expansion in Norton and added 31 jobs.

West Winners

Gold: U.S. Tsubaki of Chicopee – U.S. Tsubaki is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive parts and designer of driving systems that invested $32 million in a 100,000 square foot expansion in Chicopee and added 32 jobs.

Silver: Interprint of Pittfsfield – Interprint is a global company and a leading designer and décor printer for the laminate industry that expanded its Pittsfield footprint by 27,000 square feet, invested $2.5 million, and added 5 jobs.

Bronze: Avista Pharma Solutions of Agawam – Avista Pharma Solutions is a leading U.S.-based contract testing, development, and manufacturing company for the pharmaceutical industry that invested $4 million in a 4,200 square foot expansion in Agawam and added 26 jobs.