By Anne O’Connor
PEPPERELL — After a recent expansion into a neighboring building, Masy BioServices Inc. welcomed a congressman and state senator for a tour of its facilities in Lomar Park.
U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas and state Sen. Eileen Donoghue praised the success of the business and the owners’ generosity toward Pepperell during their visit on Jan. 29.
Laurie and John Masiello began the business in their basement 30 years ago with three employees, moving as needed. Over the past year and a half, the company built out a recently purchased building.
The move increases their footprint in the industrial park. The calibration lab was expanded 10-fold, from 900 square feet to 9,000 square feet.
One room can reach minus-80 degrees Celsius (minus-176 degrees Fahrenheit). Equipment in another room can accurately weigh objects from the size of a hair to 440 kilograms. The new workspace includes office and lab areas.
The Pepperell area has a good labor pool, said Laurie Masiello, the chief executive officer and president.
“There’s 113 bodies out there that we’re employing right now, so that’s wonderful news for Pepperell,” she said.
The couple’s involvement in Pepperell extends beyond their business. Laurie is a past vice president of the Pepperell Business Association. John is on the Economic Development Advisory Committee. They commissioned the sign near the rotary for the Army Community Covenant and plan to pay for lighting in the near future. Every April they sponsor the veterans breakfast at the VFW.
“You are a good corporate citizen,” Tsongas said. “The way that you support different things is, again, a good example of excellence and generosity.”
“We’re very fortunate to have you in Pepperell,” Donoghue added.
“This is all about the workers, our co-workers,” said John Masiello who described himself as being on the scientific side of the business. “There’s only so much we can do by ourselves.”
Masy supports life-science companies by calibrating equipment, validating installed equipment, providing secure storage for active product and research material and selling related equipment, said Branden Morris, the company’s director of marketing. It has served customers throughout the country, including biotech giants such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck and Pfizer.
The Pepperell business “is certainly a family affair,” Donoghue said.
Laurie proved the words true. She revealed how the company got its name. When she was 16 and met John, everyone called him “Masy.” The couple has always shared an office, she said.
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