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September 20, 2022

Worcester, Leominster, Holliston manufacturers granted $750K for upgrades

Photo | Courtesy MassTech Collaborative Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program award winners with Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy

Three Central Massachusetts companies were included in a group of 15 Massachusetts manufacturing companies awarded a total $3.4 million in grants from The Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program.

The announcement of the awards came during the second Massachusetts Manufacturing Mash-Up, which was held to celebrate the state’s manufacturing businesses Friday at Polar Park in Worcester.

Ward Process of Holliston, AIS in Leominster, and Multiscale Systems of Worcester were all awarded $250,000 grants each by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech Collaborative. AIS manufactures office furniture at its Leominster headquarters. Multiscale Systems makes metamaterials for aerospace, energy, and defense contracts in Leominster. Ward Process is part of American Acoustic Products and makes thermal insulation. 

“Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program grants are a great way for the Commonwealth to co-invest in businesses that are looking to innovate,” Mike Kennealy, secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, said in a press release. “The advanced tools and the partnerships formed through these grants will help manufacturing firms modernize production lines to better meet customer demands and expand their workforce.”

AIS said it will use the grant money to hire eight to 10 new employees and to purchase a computer numerical control router, which takes information from a computer file and creates the object and design that it has been given. 

Multiscale Systems said it will use its grant money to purchase additional property in Worcester to expand manufacturing and upgrade some of its systems to meet the demands of a contract it has with NASA. The upgrades will allow it to add between four and 12 new employees.

Ward Process says it will use the money to purchase a new oven so it can manufacture high-transmission loss acoustical products that block sound. The oven should increase productivity speed and allow the company to hire between two to six new employees. 

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