November 1, 2016

Central Mass. brewer, machinery maker and eight more awarded

Kinefac Corporation was one of 10 Central Massachusetts manufacturers honored by a legislative caucus last week.

Ten Central Massachusetts manufacturers were honored for excellence in their industry at a formal awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House last week.

The 28 unique companies from across the state were nominated by their legislators in five categories, including job creation, education, sustainability, production, and innovation.

One of the honorees was Worcester-based Kinefac Corporation, a maker of metal forming machinery, which was nominated by Moore. Kinefac was honored for its innovative and dynamic manufacturing processes, according to a press release from the office of Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury).

"Our highly skilled and loyal employees have driven innovations in our machine designs and have kept Kinefac a world leader in metal forming technology," said Leslie E. Greis, owner of Kinefac.

The Central Massachusetts honorees and the category they were recognized for are:

  • Jack's Abby Craft Lagers, Framingham. Innovation award.
  • Rypos, Inc., Holliston. Sustainability award.
  • OMNI Control Technology, Inc., Whitinsville. Products award.
  • Waters Corporation, Milford. Sustainability award.
  • Kinefac Corporation, Worcester. Innovation award.
  • K&K Thermoforming, Southbridge. Workforce and jobs award.
  • Holiday Manufacturing Inc., Framingham. Products award.
  • Phillips Precision Inc., Boylston. Innovation award.
  • Karl Storz, Charlton. Innovation award.
  • Tegra Medical, Franklin. Product award.

The goal of the Manufacturing Caucus that gave out the awards is to increase the state's competitiveness in the manufacturing sector through legislative initiatives. Lawmakers in the caucus focus on employee training, helping startups access innovative resources, and expanding apprenticeship opportunities in manufacturing, according to the release.

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