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EDIP Incentives Awarded in 2020

The Baker-Polito Administration and the Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved the following projects for Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) this year.

EDIP incentives in 2020 support job creation, retention and private investment.

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Certified Projects

Lowell Legacy Hotel (Lowell) The project will renovate and restore the Putnam Building into the proposed Lowell Legacy Boutique Hotel adding much needed hotel rooms to the city.  The hotel plans to create 19 new full-time jobs, and make a private investment of $13.6 million.  The city of Lowell is approving a 10 year TIF with a value of approximately $1.7 million.  The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $142,500.

Cometeer, Inc. (Gloucester) Founded in 2015 and backed by successful entrepreneurs, Cometeer, Inc. is a technology company in the beverage space which has developed novel extraction and cryogenic processing techniques in the field of coffee.  They plan to turn a former seafood processing facility in Gloucester into their primary manufacturing, logistics management and R&D site; a state-of-the-art extraction and processing facility. The company plans to create 150 new full-time jobs, retain seven full time employees and make a private investment of $24.4 million.  The city of Gloucester is approving a seven-year TIF with a value of approximately $46,865.  The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $139,600.
 
Monogram Gourmet Foods, LLC (Haverhill) Monogram Food Solutions, LLC was founded in 2004 by acquiring the King Cotton and Circle B brand meats from Sara Lee.  Today they are a leading manufacturer and marketer of packaged and value-added meat products, snacks and appetizers.  The company plans to construct a 135,000 square foot state-of-the-art distribution facility which will include a multi-temperature zone warehouse and 11 pre-made sandwich production lines.  Monogram Gourmet Foods plans to create 354 new full-time jobs, retain 109 existing jobs, and make a private investment of $43.6 million.  The city of Haverhill is approving a 10-year TIF with a value of approximately $766,286.  The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $925,000.

Broco Oil, Inc. (Haverhill) Broco Oil, Inc. is a disabled veteran-owned business that provides sales, distribution, and manufacturing of petroleum products, lubricants, and propane for commercial, industrial, marine, and residential applications.  The expansion will include adding 750 feet of new railroad siding, regrading, paving, and building structures for rail offload purposes. The project also includes funds to support the purchase and installation of two additional new 30,000-gallon horizontal double walled bio (B-99) storage tanks, the construction of several pipe bridges, and equipment upgrades. The company plans to create 15 new full-time jobs, retain 30 full time employees and make a private investment of $2.8 million.  The city of Haverhill is approving a 5-year TIF with a value of approximately $3,687.  The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $100,000.
 
Girouard Tool Corporation (Leominster) Founded in 1966, Girouard Tool Corporation is a full service custom injection molding company.  Purchased by current ownership in 2002, the company provides turn-key services to the medical, technical and packaging industries.  Currently at capacity, Girouard Tool purchased a new 14,000 sq. ft. facility in Leominster and will be adding new machinery & equipment.   Girouard Tool plans to create 5 new full-time jobs, retain 11 existing jobs, and make a private investment of $2,811,750.  The city of Leominster plans to approve a 5-year TIF with a value of approximately $32,364.  The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $50,000.

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc. (Dedham) Incorporated in 1952, General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company.  They are one of the largest companies in Massachusetts and its GDMS division has locations in Dedham, Pittsfield, Quincy, and Taunton.  This project is to construct a classified space and install IT equipment to support the country's national security needs.  The space will uniquely position the company to procure additional classified work for the Department of Defense and be a selling point for additional contracts.  GDMS plans to create 82 new full-time jobs, retain 285 full-time employees and make a private investment of $8.9 million.  The town of Dedham approved a one-time permit fee waiver valued at approximately $130,000.  The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $615,000.
 
Hutchens Holdings III, LLC (Fall River) Hutchens Holdings is an affiliate of Raw Seafoods, Inc., a family-owned and operated company specializing in the distribution of fresh and frozen scallops, fish and value-added seafood solutions.  In 2016 the company constructed a temperature-controlled warehouse to accommodate their growth as well as that of outside customers.  The demand for temperature-controlled storage continues and they have purchased almost 25 acres of land in the SouthCoast Technology Park to create additional cold storage capacity.  The company plans to create 35 new full-time jobs, retain 395 existing jobs, and make a private investment of $17.5 million.  The city of Fall River approved an eight-year TIF with a value of approximately $918,300.  The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $203,000.
 
Nantucket Sound Seafood, LLC (Fall River) Nantucket Sound Seafood owns its own fishing boats and processes over 100,000 bushels of product each year.  They generate 1.5 million pounds of meat which is sold in custom orders to markets in and out of the U.S.  The proposed project will consist of the construction of a 12,000-square-foot, two-level building which will contain office space, seafood processing, and seafood packaging space.  The company plans to create 15 new full-time jobs, retain 30 existing jobs, and make a private investment of $3.25 million.  The city of Fall River approved a five-year TIF with a value of approximately $71,627.  The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $112,500.
 
The Atlantic Red Crab Company (New Bedford) Founded in 2008, The Atlantic Red Crab Co. is a seafood company that is responsible for harvesting, processing, and shipping, allowing them to provide a 100 percent traceable product.  Currently, they have three facilities in New Bedford and plan to purchase another partially vacant building in New Bedford to increase capacity and lower operating costs.  Additionally, they plan to invest in new equipment and upgrade it to improve throughput.  The company plans to create 28 new full-time jobs, retain 39 existing jobs, and make a private investment of $2,970,900.  The city of New Bedford plans to approve a five-year STA with a value of approximately $77,156.  The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $112,504.
 
Eastern Fisheries, Inc. (New Bedford) Eastern Fisheries is a processor and distributor of fresh and frozen seafood.  Primary product lines include domestic and imported sea scallops, Alaskan-caught flounder, Pacific cod and haddock.  This project entails relocation and consolidation of their existing New Bedford facilities into one larger facility that will allow them to streamline operations and provide the infrastructure needed to grow the operations.  Eastern Fisheries intends to create 50 new full-time jobs, retain 275 existing jobs, and make a private investment of $13 million.  The city of New Bedford plans to approve a five-year STA with a value of approximately $420,899.  The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $375,000.

Local Incentive Only Projects:

Interactions, LLC (Milford) Founded in 2004, Interactions is a global technology company that builds omni-channel Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA) applications.  The company currently occupies and leases a 35,000 sq. ft. facility in Franklin, but needs to expand.  They have identified a vacant 52,700 sq. ft. building in Milford and plan to transform it into a state-of-the-art Corporate HQ and technology center.   The company plans to hire 100 new employees, retain 200 full-time employees and make an investment of $7 million. The town of Milford approved a 10 year TIF valued at approximately $530,000.

Rentschler Biopharma, Inc. (Milford) Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Germany, Rentschler is a global manufacturer of biopharmaceutical products.  In 2019 the company purchased and now occupies an estimated 108,340 sq. ft. facility in Milford.  The proposed project consists of constructing a 24,000 sq. ft. expansion to create a life sciences campus in Milford.  The company plans to hire 75 new employees, retain 85 full-time employees and make an investment of $55 million. The town of Milford approved a 12 year TIF valued at approximately $1.62 million.

New England Cold Storage, LLC (Sturbridge) New England Cold Storage is planning to build a state-of-the art refrigerated distribution warehouse of approximately 63,000 sq. ft. with 7,500 sq. ft. of office space and mechanical rooms.  They plan to have onsite battery storage of energy to reduce peak demand charges.  The company plans to hire 18 new employees and make an investment of $17.5 million.  The town of Sturbridge has approved a 10 year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $1.4 million.

Sam Park & Company, LLC (Tyngsborough) Founded in 2001, Sam Park & Company is a real estate development firm that focuses on retail shopping centers.  They plan to redevelop the former T.J. Maxx Plaza in Tyngsborough, a currently defunct shopping center. The project will consist of a total overhaul of buildings, a major upgrade of utilities, restoration of the storm water collection system, and the installation of new sewer system.  The company plans to make a private investment of $18 million, and the town of Tyngsborough approved a 15 year TIF valued at approximately $2.1 million. 

Pieco Holdings, Inc. (Worcester) Table Talk Pies, Inc. is a family-owned food manufacturing business that has been in Worcester since 1924.  The Kelly Square location is the oldest of their locations and is in the area where the new Polar Park is to be built.  Because of this and to accommodate future growth they plan to build a 120,000 sq. ft. new state-of-the art energy efficient factory complex in Worcester's Main South neighborhood. Table Talk Pies is creating 50 new jobs, retaining 130 jobs, and making a private investment of $22.2 million.  The city of Worcester has approved a 20 year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $3.7 million. 

WuXi Biologics, USA, LLC (Worcester) WuXi Biologics USA, LLC is a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization.  The proposed project involves WuXi's acquisition of land and construction of a 107,000 sq. ft. biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing facility.  The site represents a portion of the land where the former Worcester State Hospital operated. The company plans to create 150 new jobs, retain 10 existing jobs, and make a private investment of $60 million.  The city of Worcester has approved a 20 year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $9.7 million. 

YWCA CM QALIB, LLC (Worcester) The YWCA of Central MA has been providing services for women and their families for more than 130 years.  The 80,000 sq. ft. five-story building was built in 1961, has had minimal renovations and due to budget constraints, suffered significant deferred maintenance.  They are planning a large-scale renovation including all major building systems, and will make all areas compliant with accessibility requirements.  As a non-profit entity they do not pay real estate taxes, however they plan to finance the renovations by utilizing Federal Historical Tax Credits.  To be eligible, they plan to temporarily transfer to a for-profit entity for the first 8 years of operations. The project will create 5 new jobs, retain 68 jobs, and make a private investment of $26 million.  The city of Worcester has approved an 8 year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $5.4 million. 

New England Biolabs, Inc. (Ipswich) New England Biolabs is a recognized world leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications.  They are proposing an expansion to their existing campus that will add 100,000 square feet of space to be utilized by their production manufacturing process which is currently constrained.  The addition will also include underground parking that will accommodate future hiring.  The company plans to hire 100 new employees, retain 352 full-time employees and make an investment of $40 million. The town of Ipswich will vote to approve a 10-year TIF valued at approximately $1.9 million at a fall Town Meeting.
 
Amazon.com Services, LLC (North Andover) Amazon.com Services, LLC plans to develop approximately 110 acres of land located at 1450 Osgood Street in North Andover.  This site will become an ecommerce storage and distribution facility for consumer products, and consist of a five-story, approximately 3.8 million square foot facility.  The Project would include the development of the facility and all infrastructure (site work, utilities, and roadway improvements) and associated exterior improvements (parking and loading areas, sidewalks, landscaping and lighting) related to its operation. Amazon intends to hire 1,500 new employees, and make an investment of $400 million. The town of North Andover approved a 10-year TIF valued at approximately $27 million.
 
John’s Building Supply/WJK Realty, Inc. (Pittsfield) For over 50 years Johns Building Supply has been one of New England's premier masonry and landscaping suppliers.  They plan to relocate their retail location across the street from their current location due to the extension of the Ashuwillticok Rail Trail.  Additionally, they are taking this opportunity to expand the retail portion of the business to 8,000 square feet.  The company is creating four new jobs, retaining nine current employees and making an investment of $850,000.  The city of Pittsfield has approved a five-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $61,751.
 
Somnath, LLC (Pittsfield) Somnath, LLC was formed by brothers, Mauer and Dilip Desai to build a new 77 room Holiday Inn Express on property they currently own.  Previously the property operated as a Comfort Inn until it was demolished in 2014.  The project will create 15 new jobs, and entail a private investment of $10 million.  The city of Pittsfield has approved a 6-year TIF valued at approximately $992,880. 

Karas & Karas Glass Co., Inc. (Avon) Founded in 1924 and headquartered in South Boston, Karas Glass is a fourth-generation business specializing in glass and glazing supplies, glass fabrication and building envelope services.  They need to expand operations and recently purchased an 111,318 sq. ft. facility in Avon. They plan renovate the existing building and build an 18,000 sq. ft. expansion.  This new facility will house their corporate HQ, manufacturing and distribution activities. The company plans to hire 20 new employees, retain 90 full-time employees and make an investment of $17.1 million. The town of Avon approved a 10-year TIF valued at approximately $862,000.
 
New Westgate Mall, LLC (Brockton) New Westgate Mall, LLC purchased the Westgate Mall in 2010.  The Mall is the City of Brockton's largest taxpayer, generating more than $5 million of commercial tax revenue over the past 5 years.  Due to a number of factors, including competition from online retailers and challenges created by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the viability of the Mall is currently in danger.  New Westgate mall intends to make an $8 million capital investment on improvements and to meet current market needs. The city of Brockton approved a 10-year TIF valued at approximately $1.8 million.
 
Hefring, LLC. (Gloucester) The corporate parent of Hefring, LLC was founded in 1996 and is based in Oslo, Norway.  A U.S. subsidiary in Boston (operating as Hefring Engineering) started operation in summer of 2019 with aim to develop an underwater vehicle class referred to as "Glider." The vehicle is used for collection of ocean data while "swimming" over long distances (more than 1000 miles) in the ocean.  The expansion project will allow for the move of development and prototype testing; they will establish a facility to assemble, calibrate, test, and support the routine production of the new vehicle. The company is creating 60 new jobs, retaining 4 current employees and making an investment of $400,000.  The city of Gloucester has approved a 5-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $11,148.
 
H1 Lincoln, Inc. (North Attleboro) H1 Lincoln dba Majestic Honda is an RI Corporation which is part of the MA-based Balise family-run business of car dealerships which consists of 13 dealerships in MA, 10 in RI, and 1 in CT.  Majestic Honda is currently in Lincoln, RI and operates out of an outdated facility.  The company plans to invest $10.5 million to build a state-of-the art facility in North Attleboro and relocate 75 jobs from RI to MA. The city of North Attleboro has approved a 10-year TIF valued at approximately $115,603. 


Emergent Biodefense Operations Lansing, LLC (Canton) Emergent Biodefense Operations Lansing, LLC (EBOL) is a pharmaceutical manufacturing company.  The operations are currently primarily dedicated to the manufacture of ACAM2000®, the only single-dose smallpox vaccine licensed by the FDA for active immunization against smallpox disease for persons determined to be at high risk for smallpox infection. The company plans to expand its presence in Canton with the purchase of a building at 80 Shawmut Road to create a campus environment. EBOL is creating 46 new jobs, retaining 119 existing jobs and making a private investment of $75 million. The town of Canton plans to approve a five-year STA valued at approximately $360,710.
 
Christopher Heights of Concord (Concord) Christopher Heights of Concord will be the seventh affordable assisted living community developed by the Grantham Group.  This project will consist of a three-story building containing 83 units of housing with services for residents aged 62+.  The project site is on land formerly belonging to the Department of Correction conveyed by the Commonwealth to the Concord Housing Development Corporation for the express purposes of creating affordable housing and open space.  The company plans to create 30 new full-time jobs and make a private investment of approximately $20 million.  The town of Concord plans to approve a 15-year TIF with a value of approximately $2 million. 
 
Guardian Angels Senior Services, Inc. (Leominster) Guardian Angels Senior Services is a woman-owned business founded in 2003.  They provide home healthcare, skilled nursing, companionship and homemaker services to seniors, the disabled and veterans.  The company plans to open a new office to service the greater Leominster area and will revitalize an anchor building in downtown Leominster. This new location will result in the creation of 40 new jobs and an investment of $1.47 million.  The city of Leominster plans to approve a five-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $8,436.
 
Revance Therapeutics, Inc. (Marlborough) Revance Therapeutics is a biotechnology company, developing innovations in neuromodulators for aesthetic and therapeutic indications.  They are evaluating locations for a new facility to accommodate the commercial aseptic fill operations for their injectable RT-002 product along with additional R&D space.  The company plans to create 76 new jobs and make an investment of $115 million.  The city of Marlborough plans to approve a 15-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $7,566,107.
 
Monogram Gourmet Foods, LLC (Medford) Monogram Food Solutions LLC was founded in 2004 with the purchase and consolidation of King Cotton and Circle B brand meats.  Today they have facilities in six states and a broad portfolio of products including: beef jerky, meat snacks, smoked sausage, corn dogs, pre-cooked bacon, frozen appetizers, pre-made sandwiches and other processed food items.  The proposed project includes leasing an existing vacant bakery facility that would be retrofitted into a USDA and FDA bakery designed to produce various bakery products.  Monogram is creating 250 new jobs and making an investment of $32 million.  The city of Medford plans to approve a 10-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $997,363.
 
Globe Composite Solutions, LLC (Stoughton) Founded in 1890, Globe Composites Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies, Inc., is a leading global manufacturer of composite products for defense, submersible, material handling and industrial applications.  As a result of increased customer demand the company proposes to construct an 80,000 square foot, on-site expansion and purchase new machinery and equipment. The company intends to create 10 new full-time jobs, retain 85 existing jobs, and make a private investment of $15 million.  The town of Stoughton approved a 10-year TIF with a value of approximately $861,085. 
 
Goya Foods, Inc. (Webster) Goya Foods is a family-owned business established in 1936.  They are a manufacturer and wholesale distributor of food projects, with distribution, canning and packing facilities across the U.S.  Goya currently owns and occupies 205,000 square feet of warehouse space in the town of Webster and is considering investing another $5 million in the construction of approximately 120,000 square feet of space.  Goya Foods is creating 10 new jobs, retaining 120 current employees and making an investment of $5 million.  The town of Webster has approved a six-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $301,200.

Last updated: January 5, 2021
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