MassEcon, the state's private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, recently honored 15 enterprising companies -- including several local firms -- from across the commonwealth with its 15th annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, recognizing their outstanding contributions of investment, job growth, facility expansion, and community involvement.
The winners, from five regions of the state, were congratulated at the annual MassEcon Impact Awards luncheon in a video presentation by Gov. Charlie Baker at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.
Gold Award winners were Wayfair, from Boston; MGM Springfield, from Springfield; Table Talk Pies, from Worcester; MilliporeSigma, from Burlington; and Moderna, from Norwood.
According to MassEcon Chairman Stephen Flavin, since Jan. 1, 2017, the companies have added nearly 5,400 jobs, invested more than $440 million in capital investment, and expanded in over 3.5 million square feet in their facilities.
Besides Millipore Sigma, Little Leaf Farms, of Devens and Endeavor Robotics, of Chelmsford, also were recognized.
Quiet Logistics, Inc, the leading outsourced fulfillment partner to premium apparel and lifestyle brands announced significant expansion with the opening of a world-class, 355,000-square-foot fulfillment center on Jackson Road in Devens. The new facility creates 150 full-time jobs, and is designed to handle Quiet's current and projected growth, enabling the company to scale with customers that are facing significant increases in order volumes fueled by the booming global e-commerce industry.
"Retailers today are under tremendous pressure to manage higher order volumes and shifting consumer expectations due to fierce competition from big e-commerce players like Amazon and Walmart," said Brian Lemerise, president of Quiet Logistics. "We are thrilled to open a new,
state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Devens that will allow us to continue to deliver the highest level of service to current and future customers, ensuring that they are able to meet demand for faster online order delivery."
Founded in 2009 by Bruce Welty and Michael Johnson, Quiet Logistics integrates cutting-edge robotic technology, robust proprietary software systems and human touch to deliver the next generation of post-click fulfillment services with unprecedented speed and precision. The new
facility deploys 200 new autonomous, mobile robots from Locus Robotics, which work safely and collaboratively alongside human employees to drive unparalleled productivity and precision.
"We have found the Greater Boston area to be a strong source of talent and robotic technologies," said Bruce Welty, chairman and founder of Quiet Logistics. "We are excited to bring a third fulfillment warehouse to the community as we continue to drive growth and innovation in the Devens area."