Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Opening of Flex Boston Innovation Center
New facility creates infrastructure to support innovative companies with advanced manufacturing needs and job growth
Boston – November 29, 2016 – Today Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash joined John Barros, Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston, and officials from the sketch-to-scale supply solutions firm Flex to cut the ribbon on the Flex Boston Innovation Center.
Located in the City of Boston’s Innovation and Design Building, the Flex Boston Innovation Center will connect innovative companies with the product design and advanced manufacturing expertise needed to produce small batches of their products, domestically. By accelerating companies’ time to market, the Flex Boston Innovation Center will facilitate the commercialization of new ideas. The new facility will serve as Flex’s regional innovation hub. Flex selected Boston for the site of this facility after conducting a competitive multi-state site selection process.
“The Flex Boston Innovation Center will support innovative small businesses looking to commercialize new products and growth in Massachusetts-based manufacturing companies,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Flex’s decision to grow in Massachusetts is a real testament to the strong ecosystem that we have built, and to the future of the innovation economy in the Commonwealth.”
“We often hear that successfully moving from design to production is easier when the maker and designer work in close proximity, and can collaborate to overcome unexpected obstacles,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Having Flex’s regional hub in Boston will help entrepreneurs bring unique new products to the market faster and more efficiently, creating new jobs, and deepening the competitiveness of our advanced manufacturing and innovation industries."
“This exciting new innovation center will be a key piece of innovation infrastructure for the entire Commonwealth,” said Secretary Ash. “By providing Massachusetts entrepreneurs with access to cutting-edge manufacturing machinery and design expertise, we will allow innovative companies working in fields like robotics, cleantech, medical devices, electronics, and advanced materials to commercialize new technologies, putting companies on the pathway to grow to scale in Massachusetts.”
“I am thrilled to welcome the Flex Boston Innovation Center to the City of Boston, a dynamic space and resource that will help Boston's innovation economy continue to grow,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The Center will not only contribute to our city's current thriving economy, but also invest in our students by providing them with the STEM education and mentorship opportunities that will positively impact our economy for years to come. I look forward to collaborating with them as an engaged, community partner.”
“Innovation is happening in Boston and Massachusetts – and Flex is happy to participate and help to accelerate it,” said Jeannine Sargent, President Innovation and New Ventures at Flex. “With the opening of our Boston location, we look forward to enabling innovators and companies of all sizes to accelerate their new product development and provide an established and reliable path to commercialization.”
“The innovation economy has been critical to Massachusetts and the City of Boston and will continue to be in the future,” said Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. “This investment in the Flex Boston Innovation Center by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston shows our joint commitment to helping this thriving economy to grow and flourish. This grant money will result in the creation of new jobs and increased economic opportunity across our great state.”
“The Flex Boston Innovation Center is just the latest example of how the South Boston Waterfront has become an epicenter of creativity and technological innovation and is creating a model for how to foster startups and help businesses grow,” said Representative Nick Collins. “This unique facility will make manufacturing more affordable and efficient for a variety of businesses and it’s fitting it will locate here in the Innovation and Design Building, where the boundaries of success and creativity are being pushed daily. The waterfront has historically been a key driver of the Massachusetts economy and this new innovation center will only add to that proud tradition.”
The Flex Boston Innovation Center will provide area companies with design, engineering, prototyping, manufacturing, and logistics services. The center will support new ventures through mentorship and university collaboration, and will advance STEM education by connecting youth to advanced manufacturing equipment.
The Baker-Polito Administration provided the City of Boston with $3 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant funds, to support the development of the Flex Boston Innovation Center. The MassWorks grant funded fit-out and equipment purchases for the innovation center. The City of Boston contributed $300,000 in reduced payments in lieu of taxes.
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support housing production, economic development, and job creation. Since its inception in 2011, the MassWorks Program has invested over $419 million through competitive grant rounds, in 223 projects, throughout the Commonwealth. In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569) to reauthorize MassWorks and support $500 million of future investment in critical infrastructure. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/hed/massworks.
Flex Ltd. is the Sketch-to-Scale™ solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With approximately 200,000 professionals across 30 countries, Flex provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets. For more information, visit www.flextronics.com or follow us on Twitter @Flextronics. Flex – Live Smarter™