Covestro ‐ Sheffield site was recognized as a Manufacturer of th

Covestro ‐ Sheffield site was recognized as a Manufacturer of the Year at the second annual Massachusetts Manufacturing Caucus Awards. 

Jim Boehm, managing director of the NAFTA polycarbonate sheet business unit, joined other representatives from manufacturing companies from Massachusetts at the State House Grand Staircase. The ceremony had notable speakers, Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash representing the Commonwealth's Manufacturing Caucus.

Representative William 'Smitty' Pignatelli and Jim Boehm, managing director
Representative William 'Smitty' Pignatelli and Jim Boehm, managing director

Massachusetts, October 24, 2017. Covestro was one of 53 manufacturing companies in Massachusetts to be nominated for this award. "Sheffield has been our home for more than sixty years," per Jim Boehm, "and it takes a strong collaboration between the public and private sectors to grow our business, remain competitive, and advance innovation. We're tremendously proud to be a part of the Massachusetts manufacturing community." 

Formed in August 2014, the Manufacturing Caucus includes more than 60 legislators from around the Commonwealth. Lawmakers focus on training for manufacturing employees, encouraging innovation by helping start‐ups access resources, and expanding apprenticeship opportunities in key manufacturing sectors. Massachusetts has become a strong leader in advanced manufacturing, and it is important for government and industry to continue to work together to pursue innovation. Manufacturing is vitally important to the Massachusetts economy and our future.

State Representative William, 'Smitty' Pignatelli nominated Covestro for this prestigious award. Pignatelli represents the 4th Berkshire District in Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is the Chairperson for the Joint Committee of Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “Manufacturing is alive and well in the Berkshires,” Pignatelli said. “It’s practically a whole new industry than it was back in the day, but its extensive impact as a job creator and an engine to drive economic success are still as prevalent and as necessary as they always have been. I’m proud to have Covestro in our neighborhood and I was happy to nominate them to be recognized at this year’s Awards.”

Representative Pignatelli and Senator Adam Hinds met with Jim Boehm and employees at the Sheffield site on September 8, 2017 to discuss opportunities to support workforce development and utility infrastructure improvements.

Boehm goes on to say, "This award is a testament to our dedicated employees, who work hard every day to keep Covestro at the forefront of our industry.” Sheffield Plastics was first established in 1949, making its home on converted farmland in the rolling hills of Berkshire County. The business was later acquired in 1999 by Bayer MaterialScience and as a result of a carve‐out from Bayer, became Covestro on September 1, 2015.

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