Life sciences company EMD Millipore of Bedford, metal forming and process technology leader Kinefac Corporation of Worcester and premium performance saw-blade and tool-accessory maker LENOX of East Longmeadow have been named winners of the 2013 AIM International Business Council Global Trade Awards.
The three winners will be honored at AIM’s 98th Annual Meeting on Friday, May 10, at the Waltham Westin Hotel. The event will include a keynote address by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
“Our Global Trade Award winners are exemplary Massachusetts businesses that don’t think in terms of boundaries or borders, but in terms of opportunity,” said Richard Lord, president and CEO of AIM. “Taking advantage of all that Massachusetts has to offer positions companies like our winners for exceptional global success.”
The 2013 Global Trade Award Winners are:
EMD Millipore, the Life Sciences division of Merck KGaA of Germany, offers a broad range of innovative, performance products, services and business relationships that enable customers to succeed in research, development and production of biotech and pharmaceutical drug therapies. EMD Millipore serves as a strategic partner to its customers by collaborating on new scientific and engineering insights. As one of the top three R&D investors in the Life Sciences Tools industry, the company is committed to advancing the promise of life sciences. Headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, EMD Millipore has 10,000 employees worldwide, with operations in 66 countries and 2012 revenues of $3.4 Billion. The company is known as Merck Millipore outside the U.S. and Canada. EMD Millipore serves a global customer base and employs approximately 1,400 people in Massachusetts.
Founded in 1952, Kinefac Corporation is recognized as a world leader in precision metal forming and processing technology, with its tools serving the medical device, aerospace and power generation industries among many others. The company has 54 employees, all in Massachusetts. With 30 years of productive export experience in more than 25 countries, Kinefac has actively pursued a global strategy. In 2012, Kinefac opened a sales office in India, following the 2005 establishment of its first overseas office in China. Also in 2012, the company landed the largest single export order in its history, to provide advanced rolling machinery to a Chinese commercial refrigeration company. Kinefac’s international business makes up 30-40% of its annual sales, and its U.S. designed and manufactured machines can be found on every continent, including Antarctica.
Originally known as the American Saw & Manufacturing Company, LENOX has been a leader in premium-performance tools such as band saw blades and power tool accessories since its founding in 1915. LENOX counts 900 employees worldwide, including over 600 in Massachusetts. Nearly half of production is exported around the world, to China and Asia, Brazil and Latin America, and Europe. LENOX has continued to grow by understanding its customers’ needs and adapting its products and services for new industries in global markets. Over the past 10 years, LENOX has invested $100 million in new capital for its only manufacturing facility worldwide, located in East Longmeadow. The company has hired over 120 people in western Massachusetts in the past two years. LENOX is part of Newell Rubbermaid, the global marketer of consumer and commercial products.
The AIM International Business Council helps Massachusetts employers engage in international trade and expand their global business activities. Through seminars, referrals, and e-newsletters, the AIM International Business Council provides companies with the resources they need. For more, visit www.aimnet.org/international.