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Blount groundbreaking
Food industry leaders joined Blount Seafood Corporation, located in the Gateway City of Fall River, on March 1, 2010 to break ground on a major plant expansion.

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.

An increased demand for its fresh seafood and soups caused Blount Corporation to expand its operations to Fall River in 2003. With its history in the fish industry, the Gateway City has been an ideal location for the processing facility that includes a freezer and refrigerated truck dock, corporate offices and test kitchens. The investment from the EDIP enabled Blount to purchase the space, and the company committed to creating fifty-three new jobs while retaining five. Today, Blount Seafood employs over 200 people in Fall River, exceeding its original commitment by about 150 jobs.

Employee sewing leather
An employee of Brahmin Leather Works stitches a leather bag at its Fairhaven headquarters.

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.

Governor Patrick shakes hands with Cheer Pack employee
Governor Deval Patrick is greeted by an employee of Cheer Pack North America during a May 2013 visit.

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 employee looks through microscope
An employee examines a sample under a microscope at Hittite Microwave Corporation.

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 Laser
A photonics technician uses a state-of-the art fiber optic laser in one of IPG Photonics’ laser laboratories.

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.

In order to keep pace with global demand, IPG Photonics has expanded its headquarters in Oxford, working with Commonwealth twice through the EDIP in 1999 and 2011 to build new manufacturing facilities and to create 475 new jobs. Today IPG employs nearly 700 workers. With additional manufacturing facilities in Germany, Italy and Russia, and regional sales offices on three continents, IPG Photonics is poised to grow even larger in the coming years. Number eleven on Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s best small companies, IPG Photonics was also ranked third in Boston Globe’s 2011 list of 100 Best Massachusetts Businesses.

Ken's Foods Building
The facility of Ken’s most recent expansion in Marlborough.

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.

 

Governor Patrick views Keurig products
Kevin Sullivan of Keurig walks Governor Patrick through Keurig's product history during a July 2011 visit.

 

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.

Due to increased demand for its products, GMCR quickly outgrew three of its Keurig-focused locations in Massachusetts (Reading, Wakefield and Woburn) and is currently consolidating into a new multi-acre site in Burlington. Working with EDIP, GMCR leased and renovated an existing building and is having a new building constructed to accommodate the majority of its Massachusetts-based staff. The new facility will create jobs in the area while retaining hundreds of existing staff.

"Based on the continued growth of our business and the strategic innovation opportunities in categories adjacent to our current single-serve products, it was essential to find a location that could support our current and anticipated growth,” said Michelle Stacy, President, U.S. Commercial, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. “This new campus in Burlington will enable us to consolidate our resources in a single location, allowing for even greater collaboration among our functional teams while, at the same time, giving us the ability to greatly enlarge and improve space dedicated to research and development.” 

 

Governor Patrick speaks to Mathworks employees
Governor Deval Patrick answers a question about using new technologies to alleviate traffic in the Commonwealth at a Town Hall meeting for MathWorks employees.

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.

Headquartered in Natick since 1988, MathWorks has a strong partnership with Massachusetts that has enabled the company to expand to more than 2,800 global employees working out of offices in 16 different countries. Between 2004 and 2013, MathWorks has partnered with the Commonwealth through the EDIP to expand its facilities and grow its Massachusetts-based workforce from nearly 800 employees in 2004 to over 2,600 employees when the current phase is completed. In alignment with the Governor’s focus on STEM education, MathWorks sponsors state-wide programs that promote student interest in engineering, math, and science.

 

Real Pickle employees work with vegetables
Employees at Real Pickle’s in Greenfield, cut cabbage that will be used to produce the co-op’s brand of Sauerkraut. The company was founded in 2001 at a food venture incubator.

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.

Having outgrown its original space, Real Pickles purchased an old mill building in Greenfield. With assistance from EDIP, Real Pickles made upgrades to the building and created two full time jobs. The owners of the company Dan Rosenberg and Addie Rose Holland talk on their partnership with the state: “We at Real Pickles are very thankful to be located in a state that appreciates and supports sustainable development and local agriculture. The Commonwealth has been continuously supportive of our efforts to build and sustain our business, and we look forward to the next generation of producing healthy local food for our neighbors in Massachusetts.”

Today, Real Pickles is headquartered in a 100% solar powered, energy efficient facility and employs three full time and seven part time employees. The company has twice received the coveted Good Food Awards, which assures consumers that the products are certified organic and sustainably produced.

Machines at Steel Art
A workstation used to manufacture signage at Steel Art’s new Norwood facility.

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.

In 2012, Steel Art worked with EDIP to relocate its operation from Allston to Norwood, and purchased an abandoned 48,000 square foot building. With EDIP support, Steel Art refurbished the building and added a paint booth complex, including ovens and mixing rooms. It purchased a 4 kilowatt laser, a water jet and a computer-controlled router for precision cutting and shaping, and segregated its manufacturing and warehouse areas. The company promised to create twelve new jobs over 5 years and retain nearly 60 - the company surpassed its employment projects in the first year and created nearly 20 jobs.

 

Governor Patrick tries Tribe hummus
Governor Deval Patrick tastes a line of hummus products that are manufactured at Tribe’s Taunton facility.

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.

Tribe Mediterranean has been based at the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton since 2004, and has increased its capacity as the company continues to grow. In 2009, EDIP helped Tribe expand its facilities by 10,000 square feet, enabling it to expand manufacturing capacity, purchase new machinery and equipment, and create extra office space. The expansion helped create 60 new full time jobs and today the company employs over 125 in Taunton. The expansion allowed the company to purchase Veggie Patch and relocate the Connecticut company to Taunton.

 

TripAdvisor was founded in Massachusetts in 2000 and serves as just one of many examples of thriving companies in the Information Technology sector.

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.

Health care worker uses Vecna technology
A nurse loads medicine into a robot designed for the healthcare field.

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.

In 2010, the company won a $650 million contract from the US Veterans Health Administration to create automated kiosks that provide patient information on VHA hospital floors and care units, which allowed the company to expand. Working with EDIP, Vecna invested $9 million to grow from its 8,000 square foot laboratory to 50,000 square feet spread among two buildings in Cambridge and a manufacturing warehouse in Woburn. Since 2012, it has created 137 new jobs as it continues to grow.

Founded in 1999 by Deborah and Daniel Theobald and a consortium of MIT engineers, Vecna is best known for developing the Bear Robot, a disaster recovery robot capable of lifting 500 pounds and going into environments too dangerous for humans.

In 2012, Vecna received the Massachusetts Economic Impact Award presented by the Mass Alliance for Economic Development. 

 

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