BOSTON — Bemis Associates, Inc. of Shirley received a Manufacturer of the Year award at a State House ceremony last week.
The company was nominated by state Rep. Jennifer Benson, who represents Shirley in the House of Representatives.
The Massachusetts Legislative Manufacturing Caucus hosted its second annual Manufacturing award ceremony to recognize 53 manufacturers that showcase the Commonwealth’s innovative manufacturing industry.
Bemis’s award was presented by Representative Benson, along with a citation honoring the company for their commitment to the community, including their philanthropic work with the Ayer-Shirley Regional School District, Mount Wachusett Community College, and the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Devens.
“In addition to being one of the largest manufacturing employers in the district, Bemis has done a lot of great work in the community since moving to Shirley in 1990,” said Benson. “I was happy to nominate them for this well-deserved award and recognize them for their philanthropy.”
Formed in August 2014, the Manufacturing Caucus includes more than 60 legislators from around the Commonwealth, including Representative Benson. The Caucus aims to increase Massachusetts’ competitiveness in manufacturing by providing legislative support.
As the sixth largest employment sector in Massachusetts, manufacturing output in the state is at its highest level in history and accounts for more than 11 percent of the state’s economy. Roughly 250,000 employees work in the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts, comprising 7.8 percent of the total workforce in the state.