Blount Seafood Corporation – Fall River
The Blount Seafood Corporation has produced quality soups and seafood for more than sixty-five years. The family’s New England roots go back to the 19th century when family members worked in the fishing industry, harvesting clams, oysters, quahogs and mussels. After World War II they expanded into manufacturing and distribution, supplying soups to large companies like Campbell Soups, which remains a client today, along with national brands such as Panera Bread and Captain Martin Seafood.
Brahmin Leather Works, Inc. - Fairhaven
Brahmin Leather Works is a Fairhaven-based, family owned manufacturing business. The Martin Family has produced fashionable wares using Italian leather since 1982. Its handbags, pocketbooks and accessories are sold in department stores across the nation, and in Brahmin’s retail shops.
In 1996, Brahmin established its current headquarters in Fairhaven. Twenty-five years after starting, the company decided to grow its business by constructing additional space on its facility, upgrade machinery and add twenty new jobs to meet its manufacturing goals. With funding from the EDIP, the company added 20,000 square feet to its manufacturing facility, upgraded machinery and added 50 new jobs, surpassing its initial commitment by nearly 30 positions. They currently employ 109 people from the South Coast.
Cheer Pack North America - West Bridgewater
Established in 2010, Cheer Pack North America develops and manufactures spouted pouch packing for the food industry. The flexible packaging and specialty cap technology was first used in Europe, and today, Cheer Pack is the exclusive supplier in the United States. The laminated pouches, straws and caps are used for a variety of products, such as baby food, juice, fruit snacks and wines.
With an investment from the Commonwealth through the EDIP, Cheer Pack moved into its current manufacturing facility in West Bridgewater in 2011. The investment enabled the company to purchase and renovate an underutilized property and upgrade their equipment. Originally, the company planned to add 77 jobs in five years. By the end of last year, the company had nearly fulfilled that goal by adding 74 jobs. Cheer Pack is projected to produce 400 million packages in the next year alone.
Hittite Microwave Corporation - Chelmsford
Since 1985, the Hittite Microwave Corporation has been designing and developing high performance integrated circuits, modules, subsystems and instrumentation for technically demanding radio frequency, microwave and millimeterwave applications. The company’s diverse portfolio includes over 1,095 products used in automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, fiber optics & networking, microwave & millimeterwave communications, military, space and test & measurement industries.
In 2004, the Commonwealth worked with Hittite Microwave as it moved to a larger facility Chelmsford to make room for expanded research and development and manufacturing operations. The $32 million expansion resulted in over 170 new jobs (far exceeding the commitment of 35 jobs created), bringing Hittite’s total workforce to approximately 330. Hittite Microwave has a global sales force in ten countries and design centers in the United States, Canada, Turkey and Norway.
IPG Photonics Corporation - Oxford
Atom trapping, space communications and atmospheric wind measurements are just three of the high tech projects that rely on IPG Photonics’s fiber laser technology. Headquartered in Oxford, IPG was founded in 1990. In recent years, fiber laser technology has steadily supplanted traditional lasers, gas cutters and welding machines, handling a range of tasks in medicine, materials processing and space exploration.
Ken’s Foods – Marlborough
Developed by Ken Hanna at his steak house on Route 9 in Framingham, Ken’s Steak House Salad Dressing is now a household name. Today, Ken’s Foods is the largest privately owned salad dressing and sauce company in the United States. In addition to Ken’s Steak House Dressing, the company produces Sweet Baby Ray’s and Sticky Fingers, and manufactures products for the Newman’s Own label. In 2012, sales exceeded $1 billion.
The company recently invested $23 million to repurpose warehouse space in its Marlborough facility in order to expand its manufacturing and packaging operations. With the investment from the Commonwealth through the EDIP, Kens Foods will create thirty new jobs and currently employs more than 470 associates in Massachusetts.
Keurig - Burlington
A subsidiary of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), Keurig was first launched in 1998 and is now the largest single cup coffee brewing system in the United States and Canada.
MathWorks - Natick
Co-founded in 1984 by engineer Jack Little and mathematician Clive Moler, MathWorks provides software to more than one million users across a wide range of industries. MATLAB and Simulink enable the design and development of many advanced products, including automotive systems, aerospace flight control and avionics, telecommunications and other electronics equipment, industrial machinery, and medical devices. Over one million people use MathWorks’s 100+ products, including 5,000 universities that use them for teaching and research.
Real Pickles - Greenfield
Founded in 2001, Real Pickles is an organic pickle, sauerkraut and pickled vegetable processor and producer. Dan Rosenberg began Real Pickles at the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center, a food venture incubator space sponsored by the Franklin County Community Development Corporation in Montague.
Steel Art - Norwood
For 60 years, Steel Art has been manufacturing architectural signage, metal letters and logotypes for the sign trade. In addition to corporate signage and lettering, the family-owned business produces a wide range of quality design products, both exterior and interior, and its clientele is both local and international. Steel Art’s Massachusetts customers include State Street Bank & Trust, New England Life, Federal Express and Waltham Savings Bank.
Tribe Mediterranean Foods - Taunton
Tribe, a Taunton-based company has been making hummus since 1993. Starting with a single brand of Classic Hummus, Tribe Mediterranean today has seven product lines, three of which are distributed to stores, restaurants and college campuses across North America.
TripAdvisor - Needham
First launched as an online forum for travelers in 2000, TripAdvisor is one of the leading travel communities in the world. Headquartered in Newton, TripAdvisor gives travelers the tools they need to plan a vacation. The site has more than 200 million unique monthly visitors and nearly 100 million reviews of hotels, restaurants and attractions. It operates in more than 30 countries and in 21 languages globally.
In 2013, TripAdvisor expects to grow its Boston-area offices by more than 40 percent. The company is also more than doubling its Greater Boston office space over the next couple of years to accommodate growth. With assistance from the EDIP, TripAdvisor will lease approximately 430,000 square feet of newly constructed office space in Needham’s New England Business Park, and plans to break ground this summer on an estimated 280,000 square foot building that will be ready for occupancy in 2015. The new facilities will enable the company to create at least 250 new jobs, including software engineering, product management, marketing and sales positions, providing a range of opportunities in the state.
“We are proud to be a homegrown company and we’re excited to continue to recruit and retain the best and brightest from right here in the Boston area,” said Tyler Young, vice president, finance and administration at TripAdvisor.
Vecna Technologies - Cambridge
Vecna Technologies is an innovative software and robotics company that specializes in health care solutions such as streamlining systems for better patient engagement including self-service patient kiosks, developing infection surveillance software to prevent infection and spread of disease, and creating medication management systems.