EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LENOX®, a leading manufacturer of premium band saw blades, power tool accessories and hand tools, is pleased to announce the company was recently named the Gold winner for western Massachusetts by the 2013 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. For its tenth annual awards, MassEcon selected companies from across the Commonwealth based on their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy.
"We are incredibly proud of our commitment to the local business community, which has been supportive since we began manufacturing in Massachusetts in 1915. To receive recognition for our continued efforts to expand our footprint in the state is truly an honor," said Rich Wuerthele, LENOX President.
At an awards luncheon last month, winners from five regions (West, Central, Southeast, Northeast, and Greater Boston) were acknowledged. LENOX was selected after a site visit and a reception with competitors and judges at the UMass Club. The reception enabled senior executives from LENOX to present the company's attributes in the categories of job growth, facilitate expansion, investment, and community involvement over the past year.
"MassEcon is thrilled to be honoring Lenox Tools. As a Gold winner, Lenox exemplifies the best of Massachusetts companies. Their investment in new equipment, facility, and job growth provides enormous benefits to the Commonwealth, and the company is an important part of the region's manufacturing base," states Susan Houston, Executive Director, MassEcon.
LENOX Tools was founded in 1915 with a 10-employee team and a passion for manufacturing hacksaw blades that cut faster and last longer. Nearly 100 years later, the company has grown to more than 900 people who manufacture and market the LENOX products in more than 70 countries.
LENOX Tools' existing 301 Chestnut Street facility in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, boasts a 535,000 square foot, 11 acre space for designing, research and development, testing and manufacturing power tool accessories, hand tools and band saw blades. As a result of significant growth, LENOX Tools expanded its manufacturing operations to a warehouse it owns one street over, utilizing 35,000 sq. ft. Subsequently LENOX leased an additional 15,000 sq. feet in a warehouse also located in East Longmeadow which now houses a state-of- the-art, high speed wire drawing, forming and sizing operation that was previously at the 301 Chestnut Street facility.
To learn more about LENOX and its commitment to the Commonwealth's development, please visit www.lenoxtools.com
MassEcon, founded in 1993, is a non-profit, non-partisan entity that serves as the state's private sector partner in promoting Massachusetts as the premier choice for business growth. Its services include the state's only Site Selection Service, which helps expanding and relocating companies find a home in the Commonwealth; the Research & Information Service, which provides companies with the information they need to evaluate the Commonwealth as a location to grow; and the Massachusetts Ambassadors, a network of civic and corporate leaders who help market Massachusetts as a place to do business.