For Immediate Release - August 26, 2010

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $353,993 GRANT TO CREATE JOBS AND SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN WINCHENDON

Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion (MORE) Jobs Capital Program to fund public infrastructure upgrades and create over 30 jobs

WINCHENDON - Thursday August 26, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's plan to advance long-term economic recovery and job growth throughout the Commonwealth, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today announced a $353,993 grant to the Town of Winchendon for local infrastructure upgrades that will facilitate the expansion of Mylec, a street hockey equipment manufacturer. The grant, funded through the Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion (MORE) Jobs Capital program, is projected to create 20 new full-time, permanent jobs and 14 seasonal jobs.

"I am pleased to announce that the Town of Winchendon will benefit from the MORE Jobs Program," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "By partnering with growing companies like Mylec, the state's investment will yield the right public infrastructure in the town, which will then support business growth, job creation, and help key industry sectors that are vital to the Commonwealth's long term prosperity."

The public infrastructure investment will support a water expansion project into the Hillview Industrial Park, where Mylec, Inc is relocating their existing Winchendon-based operation to a new 40k sq ft manufacturing facility. Mylec plans to break ground on this new facility in September 2010, and future plans include the construction of two deck hockey rinks, a pro-shop, and clubhouse. This infrastructure investment will not only support Mylec's expansion, but future growth opportunities in the industrial park.

Today's announcement included a tour of Mylec's manufacturing facility and the nearby Winchendon School, where Mylec's unique flooring product is used as a part of its athletic program.

The MORE jobs program was established in the 2006 economic stimulus bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law. Grants must be used for public infrastructure improvements with the ultimate goal of enabling businesses to expand or relocate to the area.

Since its inception, the MORE Jobs grant program has funded dozens of projects across the state. Strong consideration has been given to projects that could provide the greatest economic impact to the diverse regional economies in Massachusetts. Since 2007, over $70 million has been used to fund projects to improve public infrastructures and create jobs.

"I am excited to learn that the Town of Winchendon has received this grant. It is so very important that the Commonwealth continues to re-invest in Massachusetts companies and our local communities. In these trying times, job creation plays a key role in the success of many of our cities and towns. I am thrilled that Winchendon will put this funding to good use creating such jobs for area citizens," said Senator Stephen M. Brewer.

"To hear that Mylec, Inc. will be benefitting from such a great program as MORE Jobs is wonderful news. The Commonwealth has made job recovery a huge priority during these tough economic times, and I could not be more pleased to see communities like Winchendon getting grants like these. This is a sound investment in job growth we can all be proud of," said Representative Robert Rice.

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