Expansion Projects (EP):
Argotec, LLC - $232,500 - Greenfield
Founded in Greenfield in 1988, Argotec is a global leader in the production of thermoplastic polyurethane films for a diverse range of applications in the automotive, paint and other surface protection, graphics and medical film markets. Argotec plans to invest $20 million to expand and enhance capacity by installing two new production lines, increasing warehousing space, and undertaking technology upgrades. The Expansion Project will create 31 net-new full-time jobs in the Commonwealth and retain 237 full-time jobs in Greenfield. The Town of Greenfield is supporting the project with a 10-year Tax Increment Financing Agreement and Personal Property Tax Exemption valued at $3,734,875. The EACC approved $232,500 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
UFP Technologies - $500,000 - Newburyport
Founded in 1963, UFP Technologies, Inc. serves as an extension of its customers’ engineering and manufacturing departments, helping to design and produce custom component and packaging solutions for the medical, automotive, and aerospace and consumer markets. To increase manufacturing efficiency and enable future growth, UFP is proposing a multi-phase project that will consolidate its three existing Massachusetts locations into a single expanded commercial site. An investment of nearly $17.5 million is expected to purchase and renovate a 137,000 square foot Newburyport facility, and construct a 101,700 square foot building addition. The Expansion Project will create 50 net-new full-time jobs and retain 175 full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The City of Newburyport is supporting the project with a 10-year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $599,811. The EACC approved $500,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
WGM Fabricators, LLC - $375,000 - Northbridge
Founded in 1946 as Woonsocket Glass & Mirror Co., WGM Fabricators has grown into one of New England’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of beveled, shaped, sandblasted and tempered glass and mirror. In 2013, a private investor and employees of WGM Fabricators purchased the company. Under new ownership, WGM Fabricators experienced substantial growth and has recognized a need for additional manufacturing space. An investment of $8.1 million will enable the company to purchase and renovate a 25,000 square foot Northbridge facility and expand the facility by 8,800 square feet. The Expansion Project will create 50 net-new full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The Town of Northbridge is supporting the project with a 5-year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $21,408. The EACC approved $375,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
Distron Corporation - $365,400 - Plainville
Founded in Newton, Massachusetts in 1970, Distron Corporation is a contract electronics manufacturing company that specializes in printed circuit boards and box build assemblies. While remaining true to their roots in circuit board assembly, Distron has evolved into a reliable provider of electro-mechanical solutions for the clean technology, industrial, lighting, medical product, military and robotics industries. After conducting a multi-state site search, Distron has identified a site in Plainville and proposes to invest over $6.4 million to construct a 60,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The Expansion Project will create 52 net-new full-time jobs and retain 93 full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The Town of Plainville is supporting the project with an 11-year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $274,474. The EACC approved $365,400 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
Jack’s Abby Brewing LLC - $262,000 - Framingham
Founded by three brothers in Framingham in 2011, Jack’s Abby is a craft brewer of distinctive lagers that are currently sold in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont. Jack’s Abby is capacity-constrained at its current 12,000 square foot Framingham facility, as the brewer’s production has more than doubled every year since its founding. The company proposes to invest over $6.2 million to renovate, fit and purchase equipment at a 67,000 square foot facility in Framingham. The expansion will enable the company to double its production of approximately 200,000 cases of beer in 2014, and allow for a long-term expansion of about 2 million cases of beer per year. As part of the Expansion Project, Jack’s Abby will create 35 net-new full-time jobs and retain its current workforce of 26 full-time employees in the Commonwealth. The Town of Framingham is supporting the project with 7-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $255,357. The EACC approved $262,500 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
Advanced Cable Ties, Inc. - $400,000 - Gardner
Founded in 1994, Advanced Cable Ties is America’s leading manufacturer of nylon cable ties and wiring accessories. In order to fulfill its current customer orders, Advanced Cable Ties operates its 56,000 square foot facility seven days a week and twenty-four hours per day. As a result of steady success that has led to capacity challenges, the company is proposing to invest $11.3 million to construct and equip a 50,000 square foot expansion to its existing facility. The Expansion Project will nearly double the company’s real estate footprint, and more than double its employment base. Advanced Cable Ties will create 80 net-new full-time jobs and retain its existing workforce of 75 full-time employees in Gardner. The City of Gardner is supporting the project with a 10-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $210,989. The EACC approved $400,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
New England Peptide, Inc. - $127,037 - Gardner
Founded in Gardner in 1998, New England Peptide is a privately-held manufacturer of research-grade peptide and polyclonal antibodies for research laboratories all over the world. The company’s 2014 sales increased 30 percent over 2013, and as a result, their operations are now capacity constrained at their 10,000 square foot facility in the Gardner Industrial Park. In order to accommodate the increase in new orders, the company will invest almost $2.2 million to construct a 12,500 square foot addition located adjacent to their existing facility. The Expansion project will create 23 net-new full-time jobs in the Commonwealth and retain their existing workforce of 39 full-time employees in Gardner. In September 2014, the City of Gardner and the EACC approved 10-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $74,214. The EACC approved $127,037 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
Markley Boston LLC and Markley Management, Inc. - $187,500 - Lowell
The Markley Group is a multi-tenant mission-critical data and cloud computing center that offers scalable solutions in housing client IT infrastructure. The company currently operates a 920,000 square foot facility in Boston, and is proposing to expand into a 350,000 square foot facility in Lowell. The vacant building will be converted into a 50 megawatt mission critical data center to meet the growing bandwidth, data storage and cloud needs of business across the country. In Phase I of the project, the Markley Group will invest $72.8 million to renovate, fit out and purchase equipment for the three-story data center. The Expansion Project will create 25 net-new full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The City of Lowell is supporting the project with a 20-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement and Personal Property Tax Exemption valued at $77,182,505. The EACC approved $187,500 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits. The Markley Group is also eligible to take advantage of the Commonwealth’s 10% Abandoned Building Deduction.
Future Foam, Inc. - $500,000 - Mansfield
Founded in 1958, Future Foam is a family-owned manufacturer of polyurethane foam used in bedding, carpet cushion, furniture and packaging. The company also offers a complete line of sponges and hydrophilic foams that are used for medical, industrial and household applications. Future Foam is expanding into a vacant 165,000 square foot facility in Mansfield. The company will invest $13.5 million to purchase, expand and renovate the facility. The Expansion Project will create 40 net-new full-time jobs and retain 2 full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The Town of Mansfield is supporting the project with a 10-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $464,800. The EACC approved $500,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
D.C. Bates Equipment Co. Inc. - $25,000 - Mendon
Founded 1985, D.C. Bates is a second-generation, family-owned business that manufactures, distributes and services truck- and trailer-mounted hydraulic equipment. Due to increased customer demand, the company is proposing to relocate from its current 25,000 square foot leased facility in Hopedale and invest $4 million to construct a 45,000 square foot facility in Mendon. Upon completion, the new building will serve as D.C. Bates’s new corporate headquarters for office, manufacturing and distribution space. The Expansion Project will create 5 net-new full-time jobs and retain the company’s current workforce of 22 full-time employees in the Commonwealth. The Town of Mendon is supporting the project with a 10-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $216,135. The EACC approved $25,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
Consigli Construction Co. Inc. - $165,000 - Milford
Founded in 1905, Consigli Construction is a fourth-generation family business that has grown into a leading New England construction management and general contracting firm. The company operates its 20,000 square foot headquarters in Milford, but in recent years has expanded its footprint to offices in Boston, Connecticut, Maine and Washington, D.C. In order to maintain its headquarters in Milford and accommodate growth, Consigli has identified a site in Milford and is proposing to invest $5.5 million to construct a second 20,000 office building. The Expansion Project will create 50 net-new full-time jobs and retain the company’s full-time workforce of 329 employees in Milford. The Town of Milford is supporting the project with a 15-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $643,403. The EACC approved $165,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
1A Auto Inc. - $532,493 - Pepperell
Headquartered in Pepperell, 1A Auto is a second-generation, family-owned business providing automotive parts and solutions. In 1999, the company expanded to sell aftermarket auto parts online, and today offers more than 100,000 consumer products. 1A Auto sends approximately 1.5 million shipments to its customers annually. The company will invest $26.8 million to construct a new 100,000 square foot Main Street facility, which will serve as 1A Auto’s corporate headquarters and call center. The Expansion Project will create 150 net-new full-time employees. The Town of Pepperell is supporting the project with a 15-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $1,076,451. The EACC approved $532,493 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
Capstan Atlantic - $277,800 - Wrentham
A subsidiary of Capstan Industries, Capstan Atlantic is a leading manufacturer of precision powdered metal gears, sprockets and complex structural components. Capstan Industries operates three manufacturing facilities in North America: Wrentham, Massachusetts, California and Mexico. The company is proposing to invest over $4.8 million to expand its 100,000 square foot Wrentham facility by 30,000 square feet. The Expansion Project will create 50 net-new full-time jobs and retain 207 full-time employees in Wrentham. The Town of Wrentham is supporting the project with a 10-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $109,071. The EACC approved $277,800 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
DesignWerkes, Inc. - $99,617 - Amesbury
DesignWerks, a product design and manufacturing company founded in 1995 and based in Amesbury, designed and manufactured a system intended to provide hybrid city transit buses with a 20% increase in fuel efficiency. The company plans to invest $2.2 million in equipment and the purchase and renovation of a 40,000 sq. ft. vacant, dilapidated building in Amesbury. DesignWerkes will create 15 jobs while retaining 25 existing employees. The City of Amesbury has granted a 15-year, $150,000 Tax Incentive Financing (TIF) agreement. The EACC Board approved $99,617 in EDIP investment tax credits.
Somerset Industries Inc. - $225,000 - Lowell
Since 1946, Somerset Industries has designed and manufactured professional grade bakery equipment for the food service industry. The company’s relocation to Lowell will allow for expansion to accommodate their rapid growth. In addition to increasing manufacturing space, the new building will include a showroom and test kitchen. Somerset Industries plans to add 18 new employees to their current headcount of 40 and make a private investment of $4 million. The City of Lowell has offered a 10 year TIF agreement valued at approximately $81,000. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $225,000, contingent upon a favorable vote on the TIF by the City of Lowell.
Friendly Fruit, Inc. dba Sid Wainer & Son - $75,000 - New Bedford
Founded in 1914 in New Bedford, Sid Wainer & Son is the most prominent importer and distributor of specialty produce in the country, supplying over 30,000 restaurants, hotels, gourmet shops, retailers and caterers around the world. The company is planning an expansion of 55,000 sq. ft. on the existing 125,000 sq. ft. facility, for the construction of a state-of-the-art distribution facility. The New Bedford City Council will vote Thursday on a 5-year Special Tax Assessment for the existing building, valued at about $523,000, and a 10-year TIF on the new addition, valued at $270,000. In return, the company plans to create 10 new jobs while retaining 351 existing employees and making an $11 million private investment. The EACC Board awarded $75,000 in EDIP investment tax credits contingent upon a favorable vote on the TIF by the city of New Bedford.
Associated Environmental Systems Inc. - $236,500 - Acton
Since 1959, Associated Environmental Systems has designed and manufactured test chambers that range in size from small bench top chambers to large environmental rooms. AES has developed a loyal customer base from the fields of aerospace, pharmacology, electronics, automotive, semiconductors, and computers. AES plans to invest more than $3.1 million in a new facility in Acton, which will double the company’s manufacturing, administrative office, and R&D showcasing space, while allowing it to create 65 new jobs and retain 47 jobs. The Town of Acton approved a 5-year Special Tax Assessment (STA), valued at $126,750. The EACC Board approved $236,500 in investment tax credits.
KROHNE, Inc. - $320,000 - Beverly
KROHNE is a worldwide supplier of innovative measurement solutions for the process industry. Since its founding in 1921, KROHNE has opened 17 production facilities in 12 countries, with 3,500 employees. The company primarily serves the chemical and petrochemical, food and beverage, water and wastewater, oil and gas, marine, power, paper, metal, and pharmaceutical industries. Some of KROHNE's customers are Dow Chemical, BASF, Foxboro, Honeywell, Coca-Cola, Siemens, and Solvay. KHRONE is making a $20 million investment to purchase a 95,000 square foot facility, which will create 54 jobs and retain 45 jobs, and allow for onshoring of 3 manufacturing lines currently located overseas. The City of Beverly approved a 10-year Tax Incentive Financing (TIF) agreement valued at $111,615. The EACC Board awarded $320,000 in investment tax credits.
Webco Chemical Corporation - $136,000 - Dudley
Since its founding in 1956, Webco has produced cleaners and specialty chemicals for a wide variety of manufacturers and distributors. Currently, Webco blends and packages over 2,000 different liquid and powder cleaners and specialty products, which are then sold to buyers in an array of industries. The company plans to add 30,000-45,000 square feet to its existing building to increase its manufacturing space. Webco will invest $6.9 million, create 15 new jobs and retain 53 employees. The Town of Dudley has approved a 10-year TIF, valued at $80,388.The EACC awarded the company with $136,000 in investment tax credits.
Cold Chain Technologies, Inc. - $550,000 - Franklin
Cold Chain Technologies manufactures thermal packaging solutions. CCT originally made thermal packaging solely for seafood shipment, but has since evolved to create highly engineered products for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Currently, CCT operates in three different buildings, located in Holliston. In order to support the company's robust growth and make its current operations more efficient, CCT plans to consolidate and expand to a new site in Franklin, and create 55 jobs. The company plans to spend $12.5 million on this project and will be retaining 135 jobs. The Town of Franklin has approved an 11-year TIF, valued at $149,087. The EACC Board awarded CCT with $550,000 in investment tax credits.
International Container Company, LLC - $62,500 - Holyoke
International Container Company has served the solid waste industry in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region with high quality products for nearly 20 years. The company specializes in roll-off, hook-lift, and front and rear load containers, as well as a variety of special application containers including rolling roofs, square and octagon style breakaway boxes, self-contained and stationary compactors, recycling containers, flat beds, and custom containers. ICC plans to construct a 10,400 square foot addition to its existing building in Holyoke to increase its manufacturing space. In addition, the company intends to purchase approximately $300,000 to $500,000 of equipment to support the increase rate of output that the new addition will provide. The City of Holyoke approved a 5-year TIF, valued at $30,546. The company, which is expected to create 5 new jobs and retain 45 jobs, was awarded $62,500 in investment tax credits by the EACC.
OYO Sportstoys, Inc. - $480,000 - Marlborough
OYO Sportstoys, Inc. is a local manufacturing company that produces mini-figure toys that resemble famous athletes. The company has agreements with the MLB, NFL, NCAA, and NHL and their players associations to produce toys featuring their star players. OYO plans to expand to include soccer, basketball, and other sports. The company currently leases a 30,000square foot facility in Acton. Due to increased demand, OYO plans to invest $8,000,000 and relocate to a 65,000square foot facility in Marlborough. This leased space will serve as a manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters. The company, which expects to create 100 jobs and retain 95 jobs was awarded $480,000 in investment tax credits. Additionally, the company received a 10-year TIF from the City of Marlborough, valued at $140,853.
New England Ice Cream Corporation (NEICC)/Ginsberg Taunton Properties, LLC - $100,000 - Norton
NEICC is a full-service ice cream distributor, specializing in ice cream, slush, beverages, fresh dairy, and snacks. NEICC serves a wide range of customers, including retail chains, ice cream shops, restaurants, hotels, casinos, recreational organizations, hospitals, and educational institutions. The company's portfolio was enhanced when it was selected as the exclusive distributor in Southern New England for the Unilever ice cream portfolio, which includes Ben & Jerry's, Bliss Bros., Gifford's, Breyers, Popsicle, Good Humor, Klondike, and Hood. Due to increased demand, NEICC plans to invest $10 million to relocate and consolidate its Taunton and Avon operations into a new 65,000 square foot facility in Norton. The new building will serve as the corporate headquarters, warehouse and distribution center. This project is expected to create 20 new jobs and retain 85 jobs. The Town of Norton approved a 15- year TIF with a 15-year personal property tax exemption, valued at $1,041,980. The EACC board awarded $100,000 in investment tax credits.
Falvey Linen Supply, Inc. - $625,000 - Springfield
Falvey Linen Supply is a family-owned and operated commercial laundry business headquartered in Cranston, RI. The company, founded in 1929, currently employs more than 280 people. Falvey Linen Supply plans to spend $8.6 million to purchase and renovate an abandoned building in Springfield, in order to open a second laundry production facility and create 125 jobs. The City of Springfield approved a 5-year TIF, valued at $139,572. The EACC board awarded $625,000 in investment tax credits.
Boise Cascade Company dba Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution, LLC - $67,500 - Westfield
Boise Cascade Company distributes building materials, such as lumber, studs, and plywood, composite decking, trim, engineered lumber, roofing materials, and siding, on a wholesale basis to lumberyards, home centers, industrial accounts, and other retail businesses across the country. The company's Westfield branch, which opened in 1999, primarily serves customers in Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. The company, headquartered in Boise, ID, plans to develop 7.5 acres in Westfield, and build an 85,000 square foot warehouse storage facility and a 12,000 square foot sales office. The company will invest $7,955,000, create 9 new jobs, and retain 79 jobs. The City of Westfield approved a 5-year TIF, valued at $226,057. The EACC board awarded Boise Cascade Company $67,500 in investment tax credits
Enhanced Expansion Projects (EEP):
Amazon.com, LLC - $3,250,000 - Fall River & Freetown
Incorporated in 1994, Amazon.com is a Fortune 500 company, online retailer of consumer goods. Amazon is proposing to expand its fulfillment network by investing approximately $54 million in a 1 million square foot sortable fulfillment center to be constructed by a third-party developer in the SouthCoast Life Science & Technology Park located in Fall River and Freetown. The center is expected to be operational in late 2016 and will create 500 net-new full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The City of Fall River is supporting the project with a 15-year Tax Increment Financing and Personal Property Tax Exemption Agreement valued at $7,808,850. The Town of Freetown is supporting the project with a 15-year Tax Increment Financing and Personal Property Tax Exemption Agreement valued at $3,830,425. The EACC approved $2,250,000 in Enhanced Expansion Project Credits as well as $1,000,000 in Job Creation Project Credits for a total of $3,250,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) - $2,500,000 - Cambridge
Founded in 1914 and headquartered in Armonk, NY, IBM has grown to become the world's largest Information Technology (IT) company. IBM conducted a site selection process to locate a 165,000 sq. ft. facility to serve as the operations center for IBM's Watson Health business unit, an initiative to create a more complete and individualized system for personal health, powered by cognitive computing. Watson Health will empower individuals to understand more about their health, while allowing doctors, researchers, and insurers to make better, faster, more cost effective decisions. This business unit is poised to be at the forefront of the emerging Digital Healthcare field. Five hundred new jobs will be created, with an average salary of $141,000. The expected private investment is $51 million. The EACC Board awarded $2.5 million in investment tax credits.
Manufacturing Retention Projects (MRP):
Blount Fine Foods Corp. - $1,125,000 - Fall River
Headquartered in Fall River, Blount Fine Foods produces and distributes premium quality soups, sides, entrees and sauces for the retail and food service industries. The company is the sole manufacturer of soups for Panera, Legal Sea Foods and other private label brands. To allow for additional capacity for packaging and logistical operations, Blount Fine Foods is proposing to invest nearly $11 million to construct a 50,000 square foot expansion to their existing headquarters in Fall River, with a possible second phase expansion of 40,000 square feet. The Manufacturing Retention and Job Growth Project will create 75 net-new full-time jobs in the Commonwealth and retain 304 full-time jobs in the Gateway City of Fall River. The City of Fall River is supporting the project with a 12-year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $2,026,080. The EACC approved $1,125,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
HTP, Inc. - $399,048 - New Bedford
HTP, Inc., is a second generation, family-owned designer and manufacturer of green, renewable, and high efficiency space and water heating products. The company also manufactures a variety of solar thermal panels and related products, which provide renewable heat and hot water for both residential and commercial applications. HTP is proposing to invest $3.65 million to acquire and refurbish a 77,000 square foot abandoned building in the New Bedford Business Park. The new facility will become HTP’s headquarters and will house administrative departments, assembly manufacturing, distribution and a new state-of-the-art product training center. The Manufacturing Retention & Job Growth Project will create 44 net-new full-time jobs and retain 55 full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The City of New Bedford is supporting the project with a 5-year Special Tax Assessment valued at $192,639. The EACC approved $399,048 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits. HTP, Inc. is also eligible to take advantage of the Commonwealth’s 10% Abandoned Building Deduction.
Jen-Coat, Inc. - $240,000 - Westfield
Jen-Coat is a subsidiary of Prolamina, Inc., an award-winning, top 10-manufacturer of flexible packaging solutions for retail food, healthcare and other specialty markets. Prolamina operates three strategically located facilities in Westfield, Wisconsin and Canada. Jen-Coat plans to invest over $6.9 million to renovate their existing 230,000 square foot facility, renovate over 31,000 square feet of the main facility, and purchase new equipment. The improvements will make the Westfield site a showpiece facility for Prolamina and beautify the entry to downtown Westfield. The Manufacturing Retention & Job Growth Project will create 12 net-new full-time jobs in the Commonwealth and retain 256 full-time employees in the Gateway City of Westfield. The City of Westfield is supporting the project with a 5-year special tax assessment valued at $608,189. The EACC approved $240,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
Tell Tool, Inc. - $255,000 - Westfield
Founded in Westfield in 1967, Tell Tool Inc. is a manufacturer of precision complex components for the commercial and defense aerospace industries. The company utilizes advanced engineering modeling programs coupled with state-of-the-art CNC machinery to deliver its products to major players in the global aerospace market. Tell Tool recently entered into a 15-year client contract that will result in a 40 percent annual increase in revenue. The company is capacity constrained at its two existing Westfield facilities and is proposing to invest $5 million to construct a 10,000 square foot expansion and purchase substantial manufacturing equipment. The Manufacturing Retention & Job Growth Project will create 17 net-new full-time jobs in the Commonwealth and retain 110 full-time employees in the Gateway City of Westfield. The City of Westfield is supporting the project with a 5-year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $33,823. The EACC approved $255,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
Jessica’s Brick Oven, Inc. - $375,000 - Methuen
Jessica’s Brick Oven is a wholesale bakery that serves retail supermarkets, big box stores, food service companies, as well as local gourmet shops and restaurants. The company was established in 1997 and purchased by the current owner in 2008. Jessica's Brick Oven, through their real estate LLC, 192 Pelham Street, LLC, plans to purchase the former General Mills / Yoplait Columbo factory in Methuen. The company will reinvigorate these buildings and offer employment to displaced workers. Jessica’s Brick Oven plans to hire 25 new employees and retain 120 current workers. They anticipate making an investment of $10.5 million. The City of Methuen has approved a 10-year TIF valued at approximately $105,000. The EACC approved $375,000 in investment tax credits.
Parallel Products of New England, Inc. - $300,000 - New Bedford
Headquartered in Louisville, KY, Parallel Products is North America’s leader in liquid waste disposal and recycling, with five regional recycling facilities around the country. In 2009, the company moved from Taunton to their current location in New Bedford, which allowed for a much needed expansion to accommodate the company’s growth. Parallel Products now plans to move to an even larger facility in New Bedford. The new location is a vacant former Polaroid facility, and a chapter 43D expedited permitting site. The company plans to purchase more equipment that will enable them to convert the recycled products they produce into finished products. Parallel plans to hire 50 employees, retain 27 employees, and make a private investment of $6 million. New Bedford has proposed a 5-year STA with an estimated worth of $329,000. The city will vote to approve the STA Thursday. The EACC Board approved $300,000 in investment tax credits contingent upon a favorable city vote.
Job Creation Project (JCP):
Amadeus North America, Inc. - $130,000 - Waltham
Founded in 1987 with the mission to connect travel providers with consumers in real time, Amadeus is a market leader in information technology solutions and distribution for the travel and tourism industry. The company has a broad customer base in the United States including Southwest Airlines, Cape Air, Expedia and Kayak, but has identified the North American market as having large growth potential. As part of this Job Creation Project, Amadeus will build on its success in Waltham by hiring 130 new-full time jobs to support their growing hospitality sector services. The project exemplifies the company’s continued commitment to invest in building a best-in-class Massachusetts Research & Development center to support its North American operations. The EACC approved $130,000 in EDIP Investment Tax Credits.
Local Incentive Only Projects:
Marcotte Ford Sales, Inc. / 1025 Main Street, LLC. / 933 Main Street, LLC. - Holyoke
Marcotte Ford is a full-service sales, rental and parts Ford dealership that has been doing business in Holyoke since 1961. In a two-phase project, the company will invest a total of $5 million to construct a 16,000 square foot commercial truck repair facility at 933 Main Street in Holyoke, which is adjacent to their existing location at 1025 Main Street. Upon completion of the trucking center, Marcotte Ford will renovate their existing 27,000 square foot showroom, rental department and repair and parts shop to meet Ford’s new benchmark design. Showroom upgrades include new access ramps, retaining walls, new lighting, paving and display areas. The Local Incentive Only Project will create 12 net-new full time jobs and retain 114 full-time jobs in Holyoke. The City of Holyoke is supporting the project with two 5-year Tax Increment Financing Agreements with a total value of $204,751 (the agreement for 1025 Main Street is valued at $72,384 and the agreement for 933 Main Street is valued at $132,367).
One Marston LLC/ ALX Enterprises LLC - Lawrence
One Marston Street, LLC and ALX, LLC are newly established entities that were created to develop the property at One Marston Street in Lawrence. The existing structure has fallen into disrepair and the site’s location near Lawrence General Hospital makes it an attractive location for a medical building. Leveraging their respective backgrounds in medicine and real estate development, a father-and-son team will invest $26.1 million to construct a 75,000 square foot medical facility at the site. The Local Incentive Only Project is expected to create four net-new full-time jobs in Lawrence. The City of Lawrence is supporting the project with a 10-year Tax Increment Financing and Personal Property Tax Exemption valued at $2,540,818.
Due North Hospitality, LLC - Pittsfield
Due North Hospitality is an affiliate entity of Main Street Group, which operates several Berkshire hotels including the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, The Porches Inn in North Adams and The Williams Inn in Williamstown. Due North Hospitality is proposing a new hotel, Hotel on North, which will be located at the center of Pittsfield’s downtown revitalization efforts, within walking distance to restaurants, galleries and the performing arts. Due North Hospitality will invest over $14.5 million to construct an elegant 45-room property, featuring an eclectic mix of furnishings to reflect the site’s heritage as an iconic late 19th century department store. The hotel will also feature a fine-dining restaurant and lobby bar, a banquet space to accommodate larger events and smaller meeting facilities for intimate group meetings. The Local Incentive Only Project will create 21 net-new full-time jobs and retain 4 full-time jobs. The Town of Pittsfield is supporting the project with a 7-year Tax Increment Financing and Personal Property Tax Exemption valued at $372,157.
New England Natural Bakers, Inc. - Deerfield
Founded in 1977, New England Natural Bakers is a baker and manufacturer of natural granola cereals and trail mixes. The company is a true entrepreneurial success story as it has grown from baking its product during the off-hours at a pizza shop to operating two Massachusetts locations totaling almost 38,000 square feet. New England Natural Bakers has experienced steady growth and is capacity constrained. The company is proposing to invest $11.7 million to construct a 54,000 square foot facility that would consolidate the company’s manufacturing, warehouse and administrative offices into one location. The project will create 10 net-new full-time jobs in Deerfield and retain 51 full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The Town of Deerfield is supporting the project with a 6-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $69,366.
Elm Development LLC - Dracut
The Gralia Group, headquartered in East Longmeadow, MA, is a family-owned business that was established in 1966 and is experienced in real estate development, construction, marketing, and management. The company or its subsidiaries currently own and operate eight assisted living residences across Massachusetts and employ over 700 people. Elm Development Services, LLC (a subsidiary) proposes invest $20 million to develop, own, and operate a 78-apartment, 78,000 square foot assisted living residence in Dracut. The project will create 13 net-new full-time jobs. The Town of Dracut is supporting the project with a 10-Year Tax Financing Agreement valued at $749,083.
H-Donuts Dracut, Inc. d/b/a Heav’nly Donuts - Dracut
Heav’nly Donuts is a local coffee and donut shop that was started in 1975 in Methuen by George Saragas. In recent years, the business has expanded with additional family-owned locations, as well as with franchised stores mostly located in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. The company will invest $1.4 million to construct a new 7,500 square foot Heav'nly Donuts shop, which will serve as their 14th location. The project will create 6 net-new full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The Town of Dracut is supporting the project with a 5-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $11,197.
Globe Composite Solutions, Ltd. - East Bridgewater
Founded in 1890, Globe Composite Solutions is a full-service developer of specialty non-metallic materials for military and industrial applications. The company is currently located in Rockland, however, has recognized a need for a larger, more modern facility to accommodate future growth. Globe Composite Solutions has identified a site in East Bridgewater and plans to invest over $2 million upgrade the facility and purchase equipment. The project will create 15 net-new full-time jobs in East Bridgewater and retain 38 full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The Town of East Bridgewater is supporting the project with a 12-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $197,136.
Berkshire Innovation Center - Pittsfield
The Berkshire Innovation Center is being established to catalyze, enable and accelerate innovation and growth of existing small to medium sized life-science manufacturing companies. The center will bring advanced research and development and manufacturing capabilities to companies that otherwise would not have access to these advanced resources. In 2014, the Massachusetts Life Science Center approved a $9.7 million grant for the design, construction and equipping of the Berkshire Innovation Center. The grant will be used to construct a 20,000 square foot facility in the William Stanley Business Park. The project is expected to create 2 new jobs directly, but anticipates additional job creation by the small to medium sized businesses availing themselves of their services. The City of Pittsfield is supporting the project with a 20-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement and Personal Property Tax Exemption valued at $5,347,980.
Lamson and Goodnow, LLC - Westfield
Established in Massachusetts in 1837, Lamson & Goodnow is the oldest cutlery manufacturer in the United States. The company is proposing to invest $190,000 to relocate from their current facility in Shelburne Falls to a facility in Westfield. The relocation will allow Lamson & Goodnow to improve their manufacturing capabilities and improve accessibility to their vendors. The project is expected to create 18 full-time jobs and retain 12 full-time jobs in Westfield. The City of Westfield is supporting the project with a 5-Year Special Tax Assessment valued at $35,583.
Brandywine Farms, Inc. - Winchendon
Brandywine Farms, Inc. was established to develop the White’s Mill Farm Complex in Winchendon into economic driver of recreation, agriculture and services as a destination for agri-tourism. The White’s Mill Farm Complex consists of ten mill buildings, a dam, a pond, and acres of open land. Brandywine Farms will invest $6.5 million to repurpose each of the ten mill buildings, constructing 7,425 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet of hydroponic growing space, a 3,200 square foot farm-to-table dining restaurant, a 6,000 foot function hall, and a 3,000 square foot craft brewery. The project will create 100 full-time jobs in Winchendon. The Town of Winchendon is supporting the project with an 8-Year Tax Increment Financing Agreement valued at $331,968. Brandywine Farms is also eligible to take advantage of the Commonwealth’s 10% Abandoned Building Deduction.
Mortillaro Lobster, Inc.- Gloucester
Mortillaro Lobster is a wholesale processing and live lobster shipping company that was established in 1986. In 2014, the company handled 5.5 million pounds of live product. The company operates in a waterfront plant on Gloucester harbor with a product holding capacity of 60,000 lbs, and plans to expand and upgrade the plant facility, including a 40% increase in the physical plant, and a 35% increase in processing capacity. The new construction will also improve the loading capacity from boats. The company plans to hire 6 new employees, retain 24 existing employees, and make a private investment of $2.5 million. The City of Gloucester approved a 5-year TIF agreement for the company valued at approximately $26,000.
JimBob Realty LLC / Carmart LLC / Two Fathers LLC - Greenfield
Robert Cartelli owns Greenfield Toyota and Greenfield Ford, which date back to 1985 and the 1950s, respectively. He purchased the dealerships in 2005 and moved them with the commitment to build new facilities. The company has torn down an old building at 1 Main Street and will construct two new ones. The company plans to hire 10 new employees, retain 41 employees, and make a private investment of $7.5 million. The Town of Greenfield has approved a 10-year TIF and a 4-year personal property tax agreement, with a combined value of approximately $192,000.
LFB USA, Inc. - Marlborough
LFB USA is a company within the LFB Group, a leading European biopharmaceutical company specializing in innovative biotherapies. The company markets its medicinal products in more than 30 countries. Within the LFB Group, LFB USA is a development, manufacturing, and services provider to LFB S.A. in France and rEVO Biologics in the US. LFB USA plans to create a bio-manufacturing center on Crowley Drive, Marlborough. The project involves construction of the new site, which will be a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, containing lab and office space. LFB plans to hire 50 new employees and make a private investment of $37 million. The City of Marlborough approved a 7-year TIF valued at approximately $456,000.
Globus Medical, Inc. - Methuen
Globus Medical, Inc. is a medical device company focused on products that promote healing in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Globus has recently acquired property to be renovated to serve its research and development, manufacturing, and distribution needs. The new facility will house the company's Robotics, Imaging, and Navigation Division, which is currently working on the development of a surgical robotic positioning system. This project will result in the creation of 20 new positions, retention of 26 existing jobs, and a private investment of $8.7 million. The City of Methuen approved a TIF of approximately $206,000.
New England Die Cutting, Inc. - Methuen
Founded in 1982, New England Die Cutting provides gaskets and seals to the military and medical industries. The gaskets are manufactured by conventional die cutting, laser cutting, and water-jet cutting. The company has added material fabrication equipment and processes to make small batch custom sheet materials and extruded materials. By moving the business to a state-of-the-art 101,000 sq. ft. facility in Methuen, they will be able to expand by 15% annually. For this project, the company will add 13 new employees and retain 31 existing employees. They plan to make a private investment of $5.4 million. The city of Methuen awarded a TIF agreement valued at approximately $98,000.
Darn It!, Inc. / 88-90 Hatch Street - New Bedford
The company is a unique provider of quality control and post-production repair, warehousing, and distribution services to global retailers, catalogue companies, manufacturers, and wholesalers. Darn It! provides its customers with a diverse set of outsourcing services, including garment re-work, shoe storage, toy inspection, apparel laundering, spot cleaning, and distribution. The company is purchasing a partially leased building and will renovate 30,000 sq. ft. of currently vacant space. They will retain all 30 existing tenants and create at least 15 more units for small business tenants and artist studios. They plan to invest approximately $800,000. The City of New Bedford is voting Thursday on a Special Tax Agreement valued at approximately $64,000.
150 Blackstone River Road LLC - Worcester
The company was formed by the union of Mid-States Packaging, a tenant of the property for over 30 years, and GFI Partners, a full-service real estate development company. The property will be redeveloped into a premier multi-tenant industrial facility to service local, regional, and national distribution, third party logistics, light manufacturing, assembly, and warehouse companies. The project consists of the renovation of the existing 689,000 sq. ft. building into a 576,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art, multi-use, high-bay industrial building. A portion of the space will be used by Mid-States Packaging. The company has committed to make a private investment of $26 million and to attract tenants that will provide 300 jobs. The City of Worcester approved a 15-year TIF of approximately $4.5 million, as well as a 15-year personal property tax exemption.
Commercial Yard, LLC / D.W. Clark, Inc. - Brockton
Commercial Yard, LLC is the land owner and affiliate of D.W. Clark, Inc., a metals manufacturing business with facilities in East Bridgewater and Taunton. D.W. Clark, Inc. was founded in 1902 as a foundry business. Over the years, it has grown into a specialty metals manufacturing business and has successfully updated its operations to meet the standards of the defense, aerospace, power generation, power transmission, extractive, manufacturing, communications, and shipping sectors of the global economy. The company is expanding its capacity in several segments of the metals manufacturing business and will entirely gut and renovate the former LeBaron Foundry site in Brockton. The company will invest $6,000,000 and create 25 new jobs. The City of Brockton approved a 15-year TIF, valued at $1,152,318.
EMD Millipore Corporation - Burlington
EMD Millipore Corporation, the global life sciences business of Merck KGaA of Darmstadt, Germany, offers solutions and services for research, development, and production of biotechnology and pharmaceutical drug therapies. EMD Millipore serves as a strategic partner for scientists, engineers, and researchers around the world and has a portfolio of more than 60,000 products. The company currently leases and maintains its life science business office in Billerica, MA and occupies other locations in Bedford and Danvers. Due to increased customer demand, EMD Millipore needs to relocate and consolidate its Billerica operation and portions of its other Massachusetts locations in a new facility, located in Burlington. The company is investing $165 million in this project and will be retaining 400 employees in the Commonwealth. The Town of Burlington approved a three phase, 15-year TIF, valued at $3,112,032.
Demoulas Super Markets, Inc. / 40 Federal Street Realty Holdings - Lynn
Demoulas Super Markets, Inc. (DSM) operates 75 supermarkets and 3 distribution centers across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, employing approximately 25,000 people. DSM provides high quality groceries at the best prices, while serving as an anchor to other retail development in various communities. The company plans to redevelop a vacant and contaminated 16.3 acre parcel in downtown Lynn. The project, which is expected to cost $22 million, will include the renovation of an existing abandoned factory building to accommodate a Market Basket supermarket, development of additional retail and/or office space, and infrastructure upgrades to improve traffic congestion in the area. The project will create 75 jobs. The City of Lynn approved a 20-year TIF and a 5-year personal property tax exemption, valued at $3,699,300.
Shuster Corporation - New Bedford
Shuster Corporation, founded in 1916, is a New Bedford-based multi-national supplier of industrial bearings and power transmission products. Shuster also offers supply chain management solutions. The company was purchased in 2007 by Motion Industries. Shuster Corporation plans to spend $140,000 to renovate and move to a new 65,000 square foot space in New Bedford, in order to expand its product lines and customer base. By leasing this property, the company will double its current warehousing and office space. The company plans to hire 4 new employees and retain 35 existing positions. The City of New Bedford approved a 5-year STA, valued at $169,914
Alnylam U.S., Inc. - Norton
Alnylam is a biopharmaceutical company that develops novel therapeutics based on RNA interference, or RNAi. Alnylam focuses on genetic medicines, cardio-metabolic disease treatments, and hepatic infection disease treatments. Several therapeutics are now in late stages of development and Alnylam is preparing for commercial production and launch. The company plans to spend $100 million on a new facility in Norton, machinery, and equipment, in order to control a significant portion of its production capacity. The company plans to create 220 new jobs. The Town of Norton approved a 13-year TIF, valued at $7,055,246.
Horner Millwork, North Atlantic Corp. - Somerset
Horner Millwork is a distributor and manufacturer of windows, doors, kitchens, stairs, millwork, and commercial building products. The company plans to purchase new machinery, including a Woodworking CNC, a CNC Door Manufacturing Machine, and reaching and ancillary supporting equipment. Horner Millwork will also expand its current facility by 20,000 square feet and create 2 floors of new manufacturing and warehouse space. Lastly, the company plans to install a 1 megawatt solar energy facility in order to reduce its carbon footprint. The company, which is expected to spend $7 million and create 15 jobs, while retaining 272 existing positions, received a 12-year TIF, valued at $647,568 from the Town of Somerset.
CNR MA Corporation and CNR Springfield LLC - Springfield
CNR MA Corporation and CNR Springfield LLC are affiliates of China CNR Corporation, a leading company that manufactures and refurbishes rolling stock. Its products include high-speed multiple units, locomotives, passenger coaches, and other rail transportation vehicles, machinery, and equipment. CNR MA Corporation was recently awarded a major contract to provide new Red and Orange Line trains for the MBTA. They will spend $107 million to develop a 213,000square foot facility in East Springfield, which will include an assembly plant and associated track, parking areas, office space, and other accessory and ancillary uses. The company, which is expected to create 150 jobs, will receive a 10-year TIF from the City of Springfield, valued at $9,847,580.
G & G Medical Products, LLC - Ware
G&G Medical manufactures and distributes disposable incontinent products. Currently, the company's products are manufactured in China. G&G plans to spend $1.5 million to purchase American Disposables and move its manufacturing operations from China to Ware. This project is expected to create 71 jobs. The town of Ware approved a 10-year STA, valued at $42,106.