GOVERNOR PATRICK TOURS ONGOING EXPANSION OF PORTABLE POWER FIRM
Lilliputian Systems adding dozens of clean energy jobs in Massachusetts
Governor Patrick tours Lilliputian Systems,a fuel cell technology company, and highlights the Commonwealth's clean energy cluster. (Photo credit: Holland Hinman/Governor's Office) View additional photos.
WILMINGTON - Friday, August 20, 2010 - Following yesterday's report that preliminary job figures for July show an overall job growth of over 13,000 jobs in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick today toured expanding clean technology company Lilliputian Systems, which has been steadily adding jobs in its Wilmington factory.
"The clean tech industry continues to prosper in Massachusetts and Lilliputian Systems is a great example of the state's strength in this sector," said Governor Deval Patrick. "The company's ongoing expansion in the state further demonstrates the real recovery taking place in Massachusetts."
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's reported on Thursday that preliminary job figures in the Commonwealth show an overall job growth of 13,200 jobs, with an increase of 19,200 private jobs in all nine sectors. July's job growth is the largest monthly private sector job gain in the Commonwealth in the last 20 years. These figures continue the sixth straight month of overall job growth in Massachusetts.
Lilliputian Systems, a Wilmington-based company that manufactures mobile device power systems enabled by its proprietary Silicon Power Cell™ technology, has increased its workforce by 25 percent in the past eight months and expects to add at least 50 additional clean tech jobs in the future. Lilliputian's technology delivers power and energy improvements for consumer electronic devices, allowing consumers to unplug from the "grid" and recieve up to 10 times the battery life of traditional batteries.
The Patrick Administration, through efforts of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, has been working in collaboration with Lilliputian to assist the company with its expansion, including facilitating a $5 million loan from MassDevelopment's Emerging Technology Fund and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in April.
"Lilliputian Systems is one of several important Massachusetts companies creating innovative fuel cell products and driving growth in the Commonwealth's clean energy industry," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles, who serves as chairman of the Clean Energy Center board of directors.
"Governor Patrick's mission to make the Commonwealth a global leader in clean tech is a goal we share. Our mutual commitment has allowed us to thrive and continue to grow in Massachusetts," said Lilliputian CEO Ken Lazarus. "We work in a competitive industry that requires a well educated, specialized workforce. Operating in Massachusetts allows us access to highly trained talent, which is critical for a company like ours."
Since day one, Governor Patrick's top priority has been to create jobs and build a stronger economic foundation for the people of Massachusetts. Through fiscally responsible, targeted investments in the life sciences and clean energy sectors, along with the largest investment in our public infrastructure in decades, the Patrick-Murray Administration is putting people back to work across the Commonwealth. As a result, Massachusetts is emerging from the recession faster and stronger than any other state in the nation.
To learn more about the Governor's job creation and economic growth initiatives, visit www.ma.gov/governor/jobs.