2020 to 2021 Year in Review Awards
Welcome to the event page for the Westborough EDC's Seventh Annual "Year in Review" Awards Celebration!
This event brings together local business leaders with state and local officials to honor Westborough-based companies and highlight the town’s impressive economic accomplishments. This year, we are privileged to have Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito join us again to deliver the keynote address. This event is always a great opportunity for networking, and it’s a chance for to honor Westborough businesses for their distinctive accomplishments.
This year, the EDC is recognizing six businesses for their outstanding impact to the community. Most award winners were selected by the EDC, but this year the EDC asked the public for input and selected the winners for the "Civic Pride" and the "Hall of Fame" awards based on a poll of the community. See the following for descriptions of each award and some information on the winners:
|New Development Project
|Recognizes a business or developer for the most impactful new construction (or redevelopment) project in the Town of Westborough
|Amazon Robotics is receiving recognition for catalyzing an transformational development project at 50 Otis Street, where it recently completed a new, 350,000 square foot facility on the former AstraZeneca site. This state-of-the-art facility includes corporate offices, research and development labs where robots are designed and tested, and manufacturing space. Amazon now has over 500 employees in Westborough, including 200 recent hires. Most importantly, however, Amazon Robotics has helped bring an iconic property back on the tax rolls. As you may know, the 50 Otis Street site had been vacant since AstraZeneca closed its doors in 2015. Before leaving Westborough, AstraZeneca had been the Westborough’s top taxpayer and employed nearly 200 people, so the Town of Westborough was severely impacted when the Westborough facility closed. Ultimately, Amazon Robotics invested over $40M to revitalize that property with its new Robotics Innovation Hub, and the business continues to invest in our community.
|New "Large" Business
|Recognizes an exciting, new business in our community that is not locally owned
|Monroe Tractor is receiving recognition for revitalizing the "FIBA Technologies" building at 97 Turnpike Road and brining 25+ jobs to Westborough. Headquartered outside of Rochester, NY, this family-owned and operated, certified women-owned business, has 15 locations across the Northeast US, and began expanding into the New England market about four years ago with its acquisition of CASE New England. They bought the “FIBA Technologies” building at 97 Turnpike Road just under two years ago, and have already had tremendous economic impact on our community! Specifically, they helped revitalize that building’s 25,000 square foot interior, which had not been fully occupied for a few years and needed some updates. Ultimately, Monroe Tractor invested ~$1.2M on interior renovations for their service center and showroom, which opened for business in October 2021, and the new space looks great! Additionally, this new location has brought 25+ good jobs to Westborough, and there are still a few open positions to fill.
|New "Small" Business
|Recognizes a new and exciting locally owned business in our community
|ThaiMinal is being recognized for backfilling a vacant storefront in downtown with an exciting, unique use that helps bring more foot traffic to the downtown area. This business is a Thai restaurant that moved to our downtown area in late 2020, backfilling the former Christina’s Café location. The restaurant’s menu features authentic Thai food and drink, including a Thai Milk tea with Boba, which makes it the first place serving bubble tea in Westborough, MA. Encouraging uses that bring more foot traffic to the downtown area was identified as action item LU-3-4 in the recently approved Master Plan.
|Recognizes a Westborough business that is pioneering the future for their industry
Kopin Corporation is being recognized as an industry leader in display technology innovation, with a particular emphasis on the progress it has made to enable AR/VR applications. Kopin Corporation has been located in Westborough for over 30 years, and it occupies 77,500 square feet in two buildings at its headquarters up on North Drive. It’s there where this business has been transforming the way people see, hear, and communicate for decades. Kopin Corporation is an industry leader in optics and visual displays, and the business has more than 200 global patents and patents pending in these areas. In 2021 alone, Kopin Corporation was granted 8 new patents and filed 10 new patent applications. Kopin’s products include critical components and systems to everything from the transistors that power your cell-phones to micro-displays in F-35 fighter jets. Recently, the company has focused more on developing new technologies to support AR/VR applications, such as its recently announced all-plastic “Pancake” optics with excellent performance in VR applications. Additionally, Kopin Corporation has made substantial progress developing dual-stack OLEDs, which is a critical first step towards the 4k x 4k display that’s required for true AR/VR environments.
|Recognizes a business that has cultivated a reputation as a strong community partner and friend
|Art and Frame Emporium
|The winner of this award was determined by public vote, but Art and Frame Emporium was nominated for its many collaborative efforts with the community over the years. The Art and Frame Emporium has been a staple in Westborough's business community for the past 40 years. The business is also in the process of expanding its footprint create a space for artists to showcase their work and socialize as an artistic community. Furthermore, armed with a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council, Ed is planning an art display by local muralist and installation artist. In addition, Ed has and continues to work with Westborough officials on restoring, framing and hanging old historical photos in town owned properties such as the recently renovated Town Hall, Fire Station, and the Forbes Municipal Building. Lastly, people may not realize that Ed helped to design Westborough’s street sign logo, which is still used today.
Hall of Fame
|Recognizes a longstanding Westborough business (e.g., 10+ years) for the indelible mark it has left on our local economy
|The winner of this award was determined by public vote, but Nourse Farm was nominated for its long track record as a successful business in Westborough. Established in 1722, Nourse Farm is the 10th oldest continuously operating family business in the country and quite possibly the oldest business in Westborough! Currently the 8th and 9th generations of the family are directly involved with Nourse Farm and contribute to its operations in various ways. All these years, Nourse Farm has provided our community with fresh, locally grown produce, and the business continues to innovate how it serves customers. For example, in June 2020, Catherine Nourse launched the Veg Out @ Nourse Farm food trailer, which serves up a plant-forward menu with a side of nutrition education and a smile.
This year's event is taking place on Friday, April 29th, from 7:30 to 9:30am in the Great Hall at the Forbes Municipal Building, which is located at 45 W Main Street. If you would like to view the reception, you can watch the Westborough EDC 2020-21 Year in Review, 7th Annual Celebratory Event Video. We hope you tune in!
Thank you to the many sponsors that make this event possible: