​WELLESLEY, Massachusetts, (October 3, 2011)

The Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development (MassEcon) today announced its Eighth Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award winners in preparation for its November 22nd Awards Luncheon, which will take place at the Seaport Hotel, Boston. Companies from across the Commonwealth will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy. Over 400 are expected to attend, including featured speaker Governor Deval Patrick.

The winning companies (listed below) were selected after a reception with their competitors and judges at an afternoon event at the UMass Club in Boston with featured guest, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki The reception enabled senior executives from the companies to present their attributes in the categories of job growth, facility expansion, investment, and community involvement since January 1, 2010.

The growth stories of the winning companies are all unique and represent a broad range of industries - including defense, software, energy, marketing, telecommunications, life sciences, robotics, and consumer products.

"The Commonwealth's world-renowned innovation economy is driven by the Team Massachusetts award winners and companies like them across the state," said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. "The Patrick-Murray Administration is grateful for the investment these firms are making in our workers and our state's long-term prosperity."

In addition to the Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners from each region, MassEcon will also present two unique awards:Chairman's Award: Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank, and Gateway City Champions: Solectria Renewables of Lawrence and Biomedical Research Models in Worcester.

"The commitment and investments these companies have made in Massachusetts have long lasting economic impacts which are vital to the continued growth of the Massachusetts economy. MassEcon is proud to celebrate these companies for staying and growing here," stated Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon.

For more information about the event or to register, email Sean Getchell at Lead sponsors of the event include: Citizens Bank, Massachusetts It's All Here, MassDevelopment, NAI Hunneman, and VHB.

About MassEcon
MassEcon, founded in 1993, is a non-profit partnership of the private and public sectors dedicated to marketing Massachusetts as a competitive location for business. Its services include the state's only Site Finder Service, which helps expanding and relocating companies find appropriate sites throughout the Commonwealth; the Research & Information Service, which provides companies with the information they need to evaluate the Commonwealth as a location to grow; and the Massachusetts Ambassadors, a network of civic and corporate leaders who help market Massachusetts as a place to do business. Through these channels, and in conjunction with state, regional, and local partners, MassEcon has helped facilitate the location of over 250 companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Straumann USA, Merck, and American Superconductor.

EIGHTH Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award Winners

Gold: A123 Systems - Westborough
Silver: Acacia Communications - Maynard
Bronze: Simonds International - Fitchburg

Greater Boston
Gold: Communispace - Boston
Silver: DassaultSysemes - Waltham
Bronze: HubSpot - Cambridge

Gold: Smith & Wesson - Springfield
Silver: Coca-Cola - Northampton
Bronze: General Dynamics AIS - Pittsfield

Gold: Kiva Systems - North Reading
Silver: Jessica's Brick Oven - North Andover
Bronze: GT Advanced Technologies - Salem

Gold: Airxchange - Rockland
Silver: Horizon Beverage - Norton
Bronze: Reinhart Food Services - New Bedford

Special Award Winners
Chairman's Award: Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank
Gateway City Champions:
Solectria Renewables - Lawrence
Biomedical Research Models - Worcester​