MassEcon in the News

For Immediate Release:

Annie O’Connell
MassEcon Communications Director
(617) 924-4600, ext. 13

Companies with Global Reach Put Down Stakes in Massachusetts

1600 jobs from 10 countries, six states

Cambridge, MA, April 20, 2016 – MassEcon today welcomed 19 companies new to Massachusetts at its Eighth Annual Corporate Welcome Reception at Sanofi Genzyme’s headquarters in Cambridge. This one-of-a-kind event brings together over 100 private sector leaders and senior state officials, including Governor Charlie Baker, to welcome companies that have recently opened offices in the state.

The company locations of origin include Canada, Israel, Mexico, Turkey, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Kansas, New York, Washington, Indiana, Connecticut, and California. Adding 1,600 new jobs to the Commonwealth, the companies represent a wide variety of industries including life sciences, education, energy, manufacturing, online retail, and transportation.

Honoree companies include Amazon which located in Fall River; Applied Photophysics  which located in Beverly; Avigilon  which located in Somerville; Olink Bioscience which located in Watertown; Sunrun which located in Marlborough; ERD Metal which located in Avon; Eli Lilly, IBM Watson Health, Philips, and WuXi AppTec which located in Cambridge; and General Electric,, and  LEGO Education which located in Boston.

Six airlines will also be recognized for non-stop flights to and from Boston’s Logan International Airport: AeroMexico; El Al Israel Airlines; Norwegian Air Shuttle; Qatar Airways; Scandinavian Airlines; and WestJet Airlines.

MassEcon Chairman Brian Cohen thanked the companies for bringing new jobs and investment to the state. “The companies at this event represent impressive additions to the Commonwealth’s business community,” commented Cohen,” and we look forward to their having a productive, successful, and long-standing relationship with the Commonwealth.”

“Massachusetts’ innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, talented workforce and commitment to success has put the Commonwealth on the map as a place for businesses to grow and thrive,” said Governor Baker. “As we continue to build partnerships with our communities and the private sector, we welcome these companies from around the nation and the globe and look forward to the opportunity to encourage more businesses to call Massachusetts home, create jobs and bolster our economy.”

“We are so pleased to welcome these companies to Massachusetts, and this event is our way of saying thank you for choosing the Commonwealth,” said MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston. “It is also an opportunity for us to connect these companies with the robust network of resources Massachusetts has to offer.”

About MassEcon

MassEcon is a private non-profit entity that serves as the state’s private sector partner in promoting Massachusetts as the premier choice for business growth.  Launched in 1993 by the Governor’s Council for Growth and Technology, MassEcon promotes Massachusetts by providing information services to companies seeking to expand or relocate to the state.  MassEcon’s services include the Site Finder Service, the Research & Information Service, and the Massachusetts Ambassadors program.  MassEcon works to ensure that business stays, grows, and thrives in the Commonwealth. More information can be found at