Bristol-Myers Squibb to Boost Business at Devens
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devens update community summer 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bristol-Myers Squibb to Devens Welcomes Recycling Center and Boost Business at Devens Cambrooke Foods Devens made news nationwide on June 1 when MassDevelopment recently announced the sale of two parcels of land at Bristol-Myers Squibb announced it would build a Devens. Kurt Macnamara and partner James M. Benson – through their $660 million manufacturing plant at the former company Devens Recycling Center LLC (DRC) – bought an 11-acre lot military base. That decision underscored Devens’ in the Devens’ Industrial Park to build a construction and demolition debris importance as a catalyst for economic growth in recycling facility. Framingham-based Cambrooke Foods, a manufacturer of Massachusetts. specialized medical foods, has purchased a three-acre parcel in Devens’ Barnum Road Business District to construct an office, R&D and light Statistics testify to the success of Devens as a manufacturing facility. Together, these businesses will create an generator of economic development. In 2005, anticipated 75 jobs. more than 4,000 people worked at Devens and made $220 million in wages, or $51,729 on DRC’s solid waste recycling facility can process 1,500 tons of brick, average. The spending of these employees and concrete, steel, wood, asphalt, carpet and gypsum each day. The majority the companies for which they work indirectly of these materials will be returned to market as recycled products including support another 4,000 jobs that pay $140 million wood fuel, asphalt and pot-hole patch. Cambrooke Foods manufactures in wages annually. All of these jobs lower regional medical foods for patients with inborn errors of protein metabolism and unemployment. In April, the unemployment rate renal disease. Specifically, the company produces foods that replace of Ayer, Harvard, and Shirley stood at 4.1 percent, naturally occurring proteins with amino acids required to sustain life. nearly a percentage point lower than the Commonwealth’s overall rate of 4.9 percent. Devens Marks 10-Year Anniversary of The decision of Bristol-Myers Squibb to Redevelopment Effort construct a facility at Devens augurs well for the area. As the company’s chief executive officer Congressman Marty Meehan, State Senator Pam Resor and state repre- said in making the announcement, “While all of sentatives Robert Hargraves and Jamie Eldridge joined MassDevelopment the potential sites we evaluated submitted Board Chair Ranch Kimball and President/CEO Robert Culver to celebrate excellent proposals, ultimately the Devens site ten successful years of redevelopment at the former Fort Devens. best meets the criteria for the company’s long- term manufacturing operations.” With the average Joined by more than 100 area residents, business leaders and local officials salary for these jobs expected to reach $60,000, on the lawn of Devens Common, speakers at the ceremony reflected on Bristol-Myers Squibb will join the growing family Devens’ long military history while commemorating the redevelopment of Devens companies that provide well-paying effort’s decade of progress. positions. Event highlights included the contribution of a hand-print quilt by students Thanks to its employers, employees and residents, from the Guild of St. Agnes Child Care Center, the donation of an American Devens has become a lively, attractive flag by Lieutenant Colonel Caryn Heard, commander of the Devens Reserve community and a significant contributor to Forces Training Area, and the unveiling of the Devens Historical Museum’s the area economy. “Then & Now” exhibit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MassDevelopment Office 978.784.2933 Public Services 978.772.1864 Fire Department 978.772.4600 State Police 978.772.8800 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434 Devens Fire Department Making Strides in Safety The Nashoba Valley Medical Center recently donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Devens Fire Department. The AED comes with an infant pad and all necessary accessories. It will be located at the MassDevelopment offices at 33 Andrews Parkway with additional AED’s located at Devens Recreation offices in the Community Center as well as on all Devens fire trucks. The Fire Department also received a Mass Decontamination Unit from the state of Massachusetts. Devens firefighters have already completed the initial decontamination training program and are now part of a larger state-wide program designed to protect communities and support hospitals in cases of emergencies. Visit devenscommunity.com today. Mirror Lake Opens for Summer DDEB Ratifies Disposition MOU Mirror Lake’s swim season begins on June 24 and At its June 8 meeting, the Devens Disposition Executive will be fully staffed with lifeguards from 10 a.m. to 6 Board voted 12 to 1 to ratify a 100-page Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) endorsing “Scenario 2B,” a proposal p.m. daily. Visitors should note that grills are not under which most of Devens would become the state’s allowed and the daily parking fee is $5 per car. The 352nd municipality with jurisdiction for certain parcels Snack Shack will also open serving bottled water, assigned to Ayer, Harvard and Shirley. The non-binding candy bars and other treats. agreement had been endorsed previously by all six stakeholder groups. It identifies principles of agreement, commits those involved to work together in good faith to Devens Independence Day resolve outstanding issues and sets a schedule for public Celebration review and approval. It will serve as a framework for producing a joint study and formal report to the legislature Join us on June 30 for the annual Devens recommending a permanent form of governance for Devens. The study/report, amended Reuse Plan and by-laws are Independence Day Celebration beginning at 5 p.m. required by state law and will be written and publicly on Rogers Field. The Lions All State Band will circulated during the summer prior to being presented for perform from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by the voter approval at town and board meetings in October and as Metropolitan Wind Symphony which will perform a ballot question in November. To read the MOU, visit until the fireworks begin. All exhibits, games and www.devenscommunity.com/disposition. activities are free of charge. Rain date: Saturday, July 1.