Three Western Mass. Companies Are Finalists for Awards

WATERTOWN — Three companies from Western Mass. are among the 18 businesses from across the state selected as finalists for the 2016 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, awarded annually by MassEcon. They are Jarvis Surgical of Westfield, PV Sullivan Supply of Chicopee, and Prolamina of Westfield.

These finalists will present one-minute elevator pitches describing their growth in the Bay State to a panel of judges and business leaders on Sept. 14 at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, will be the featured guest at the event.

The awards celebrate companies that have made an outstanding contribution to the Massachusetts economy. The winners from each of the five regions will be announced in October and recognized at an awards luncheon on Nov. 22 in Boston.

The finalist companies range in size and are drawn from different industries, including manufacturing, biotechnology, medical devices, technology, and education. MassEcon selected the finalists based on their job growth, facility expansion, and investment since Jan. 1, 2015, as well as other criteria, including community involvement. Together, this year’s finalists have added more than 2,000 jobs to the Commonwealth, invested more than $450 million, and expanded their facilities by nearly 1.5 million square feet since January 2015.

Finalists compete on a regional basis, defined as West, Central, Southeast, Northeast, and Greater Boston. From the pool of finalists, a gold, silver, and bronze winner will be selected from each region.

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