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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

March 31st is Deadline to Apply for ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA — March 5, 2014 — March 31st is the deadline for U.S. students pursuing a degree in engineering to apply to the 2014 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions.

ASCO Numatics will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students, provide $1,000 grants to their college’s engineering departments, and host the students at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International in Chicago in November.

Details and forms are available at: www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

“The ASCO Numatics Scholarship program provides talented U.S. students with the financial support they need to pursue their education, enhance their skills, and position them for a successful career in engineering,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics.

The ASCO Numatics scholarship is merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate’s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession, particularly as it relates to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. A panel of ASCO Numatics executives and independent judges will select the finalists.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in an instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation engineering discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution for the 2014/2015 academic year. Candidates must also maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. Details and forms are available at www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

Over the past 7 years, ASCO Numatics has awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 12 students based on their potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession. In addition, ASCO Numatics has provided another $12,000 in grants to 10 U.S. schools of engineering.

ASCO Numatics will award the scholarships at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International, to take place in Chicago from November 2-5, 2014. The race, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, is a fun and educational event that pits teams of packaging students, from programs around the country, against each other in a race to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths.

About ASCO Numatics

ASCO Numatics, a division of Emerson, offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, including fluid control and fluid power products, for a wide range of industry-focused applications. The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valves, angle body piston valves, linear indicators, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, cylinders, grippers, filters, regulators, and lubricators. For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit www.asconumatics.com.

About Emerson

Emerson www.Emerson.com is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. Emerson Industrial Automation www.EmersonIndustrial.com, a business of Emerson, provides automation and power generation technologies and services to a wide range of industries. With its global capabilities and deep industry expertise, Emerson Industrial Automation is a trusted partner for products and solutions that increase machine performance, efficiency, reliability, and availability. Its industry-leading brands include Appleton®, ASCO®, Branson®, Browning®, Control Techniques, Kop-Flex®, Leroy-Somer®, McGill®, Morse®, Numatics®,
O-Z/Gedney, Rollway®, SealMaster®, and System Plast™.


Friday, January 24th, 2014

First Commons Bank Grows to a $262 Million Institution in Only 53 Months; Net Loans Up 26%

— Delivers over $900,000 in 2013 Net Income —

 NEWTON, MASS. — January 24, 2014 — First Commons Bank of Newton, Mass., today reported that it achieved a Total Asset level of $262,549,000 as of December 31, 2013, after only 53 months of operation. Total assets grew by approximately $53 million, or 25.9 percent, for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013. Net loans increased by $47 million, or 26 percent, for the same 12-month period. First Commons Bank’s assets have now surpassed the assets of more than 4,400 other banks — or more than 64 percent of the 6,828 FDIC-insured banks which filed FDIC call reports for the period ended September 30, 2013.

“We are pleased with our continued growth, our increasing ongoing profitability, and the continued absence of any nonperforming loans.  Further, we are proud that after only 41/2 years in business, we delivered over $900,000 in net income from continuing operations in 2013,” said Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President, and CEO of First Commons Bank.

Net income for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013 was $909,000, compared to $2.9 million for the 12-month period ended December 31, 3012. The December 2012 results were favorably impacted by the recovery of a deferred tax asset in the amount of $2.5 million. Excluding the tax recovery, Net Income for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2012 would have been approximately $397,000, compared to the $909,000 reported for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013.

Total Interest Income increased by approximately $2.0 million, or 24 percent, for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013 versus 2012. Interest Expense increased by approximately $260,000 or 15 percent for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013 versus the 12 months ended December 31, 2012. Noninterest operating expenses increased by approximately $396,000 or 6.6 percent for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013 compared to the 12-month period ended December 31, 2012.

First Commons Bank’s financial results are available on the FDIC’s Web site at: http://goo.gl/QJhSzM.

About First Commons Bank

First Commons Bank, N.A., is a nationally chartered, FDIC-insured full-service community bank, dedicated to serving the businesses and individuals of Newton, Wellesley, Waltham, and eastern Massachusetts. The bank, which opened for business on July 22, 2009, reported total assets of $262,549,000 as of December 31, 2013 — after only 53 months of operation — making it larger than 64 percent of all FDIC-insured banks in the U.S. First Commons Bank locations include its headquarters at 718 Beacon St. in Newton Centre, Mass., and 161 Linden Square in Wellesley, Mass.

Visit First Commons Bank on the Web at http://www.firstcommonsbank.com. Follow the bank on Facebook at http://facebook.com/firstcommonsbank and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/firstcommonsbnk.


Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

ASCO Numatics Announces 2014 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA — January 23, 2014 — U.S. students pursuing a degree in engineering are urged to apply to the 2014 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions.

ASCO Numatics will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students, provide $1,000 grants to their college’s engineering departments, and host the students at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International in Chicago in November.

The application period begins on January 23, 2014. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. Details and forms are available at: www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

“The ASCO Numatics Scholarship program provides talented U.S. students with the financial support they need to pursue their education, enhance their skills, and position them for a successful career in engineering,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics.

“Over the past 7 years, ASCO Numatics has awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 12 students based on their potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession. In addition, we have provided another $12,000 in grants to 10 U.S. schools of engineering,” he noted.

William (Daniel) Whitten, of Tulsa, Okla., a recipient of a 2013 scholarship and now a senior at Texas A&M University in College Station, said, “The ASCO Numatics scholarship provided a valuable source of funding that is helping me pay for my education and pursue opportunities I might not have otherwise been able to afford. Winning the award also encouraged me to continue seeking excellence in the engineering discipline through leadership and innovation. In addition, traveling to Las Vegas and attending the Pack Expo gave me an extremely memorable and unique perspective on the automation industry.”

Meghan Borz, of Buena, N.J., a recipient of a 2013 scholarship, said, “The generous scholarship from ASCO Numatics helped me pay for my tuition and receive my degree in mechanical engineering from Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.). I have been able to focus more time on my coursework, athletics, applying to graduate schools, and applying for future career opportunities because I did not have the financial stress I had in previous semesters. The scholarship has enabled me to pursue my academic and career aspirations.”

The ASCO Numatics scholarship is merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate’s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession, particularly as it relates to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. A panel of ASCO Numatics executives and independent judges will select the finalists.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in an instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation engineering discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution for the 2014/2015 academic year. Candidates must also maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. Details and forms are available at www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

ASCO Numatics will award the scholarships at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International, to take place in Chicago from November 2-5, 2014. The race, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, is a fun and educational event that pits teams of packaging students, from programs around the country, against each other in a race to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths.

About ASCO Numatics

ASCO Numatics, a division of Emerson, offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, including fluid control and fluid power products, for a wide range of industry-focused applications. The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valves, angle body piston valves, linear indicators, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, cylinders, grippers, filters, regulators, and lubricators. For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit www.asconumatics.com.

About Emerson

Emerson www.Emerson.com is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. Emerson Industrial Automation www.EmersonIndustrial.com, a business of Emerson, provides automation and power generation technologies and services to a wide range of industries. With its global capabilities and deep industry expertise, Emerson Industrial Automation is a trusted partner for products and solutions that increase machine performance, efficiency, reliability, and availability. Its industry-leading brands include Appleton®, ASCO®, Branson®, Browning®, Control Techniques, Kop-Flex®, Leroy-Somer®, McGill®, Morse®, Numatics®, O-Z/Gedney, Rollway®, SealMaster®, and System Plast™.


Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

EH&E Named One of The Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work in 2013

Needham, MA — November 19, 2013 –– Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services to the property management, healthcare, research, and biopharma  industries, has been named one of The Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work for 2013.

The Boston Globe’s 2013 Top Places to Work survey recognizes the most progressive companies in Massachusetts, based on employees’ opinions of key factors related to employee happiness including leadership, appreciation, career opportunities, compensation, and management practices in their organizations. This year’s results are based on a survey of 76,000 employees.

“EH&E is an employee-owned company and our people drive the growth and success of our company,” says John McCarthy, President and co-founder of EH&E. “They are passionate about their work and committed to providing customers with exceptional service.  In our 25th year, it is rewarding that their enthusiasm has earned us the distinction of being one of the best places to work in Boston.

EH&E helps businesses and institutions optimize their work environment, environmental compliance programs and building performance to prevent disruptions to vital operations and to maximize alignment with business goals. EH&E has worked with distinguished national organizations and agencies including the US Environmental Protection Agency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Putnam Investments, Steward Health Care Network, The Broad Institute and Partners Healthcare. Our professional scientific and engineering staff provides expertise in over 80 technical disciplines, and includes internationally recognized experts in many scientific fields. EH&E brings innovative and sound scientific solutions to each business challenge our clients face. EH&E is based in Neeham, Mass. Visit our website at http://www.eheinc.com.


Monday, September 9th, 2013

First Commons Bank Sponsors Free Parking in Newton Centre and Wellesley Square on Monday, Sept. 16th

NEWTON CENTRE, MASS. — Sept. 6, 2013 — First Commons Bank will celebrate the fourth anniversary of operations by offering free parking to support the local merchants and shoppers of Newton Centre and Wellesley Square on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

On Sept. 16th, First Commons Bank shopping bags will cover many of the parking meters in Newton Centre and Wellesley Square as the bank picks up the tab to provide free parking for shoppers, residents, and visitors in support of their local business districts.

The free parking event will kick off a week-long celebration, Sept. 16th-21st, at both First Commons Bank branches — 718 Beacon St. in Newton Centre and 161 Linden St. in Wellesley. Visitors to the offices will be able to participate in daily gifts and prizes, drawings for prizes, special banking offers, refreshments, balloons for the children, and other surprises.

Since 2009, First Commons Bank has grown to become larger in total assets than 60% of all FDIC-insured banks in the U.S. The bank opened its Wellesley branch office in 2011. It sponsored its first free parking day in Newton Centre in 2010.

About First Commons Bank

First Commons Bank, N.A., is a nationally chartered, FDIC-insured full-service community bank, dedicated to serving the businesses and individuals of Newton, Wellesley, Waltham, and eastern Massachusetts. The bank, which opened for business on July 22, 2009, reported total assets of $229,363,000 as of June 30, 2013 — after only 47 months of operation, making it larger than 60% of all FDIC-insured banks in the U.S. First Commons Bank locations include its headquarters at 718 Beacon Street in Newton Centre, Mass., and 161 Linden Street in Wellesley, Mass.

Visit First Commons Bank on the Web at http://www.firstcommonsbank.com. Follow the bank on Facebook at http://facebook.com/firstcommonsbank and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/firstcommonsbnk.


Friday, September 6th, 2013

First Commons Bank Sponsors Free Parking in Newton Centre and Wellesley Square on Monday, Sept. 16

NEWTON CENTRE, MASS. — Sept. 6, 2013 — First Commons Bank will celebrate the fourth anniversary of operations by offering free parking to support the local merchants and shoppers of Newton Centre and Wellesley Square on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

On Sept. 16th, First Commons Bank shopping bags will cover many of the parking meters in Newton Centre and Wellesley Square as the bank picks up the tab to provide free parking for shoppers, residents, and visitors in support of their local business districts.

The free parking event will kick off a week-long celebration, Sept. 16th-21st, at both First Commons Bank branches — 718 Beacon St. in Newton Centre and 161 Linden St. in Wellesley. Visitors to the offices will be able to participate in daily gifts and prizes, drawings for new iPad Minis, special banking offers, refreshments, balloons for the children, and other surprises.

Since 2009, First Commons Bank has grown to become larger in total assets than 60% of all FDIC-insured banks in the U.S. The bank opened its Wellesley branch office in 2011. It sponsored its first free parking day in Newton Centre in 2010.

About First Commons Bank

First Commons Bank, N.A., is a nationally chartered, FDIC-insured full-service community bank, dedicated to serving the businesses and individuals of Newton, Wellesley, Waltham, and eastern Massachusetts. The bank, which opened for business on July 22, 2009, reported total assets of $229,363,000 as of June 30, 2013 — after only 47 months of operation, making it larger than 60% of all FDIC-insured banks in the U.S. First Commons Bank locations include its headquarters at 718 Beacon Street in Newton Centre, Mass., and 161 Linden Street in Wellesley, Mass.

Visit First Commons Bank on the Web at http://www.firstcommonsbank.com. Follow the bank on Facebook at http://facebook.com/firstcommonsbank and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/firstcommonsbnk.


Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

ASCO Introduces High-Pressure Solenoid Valve for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Dispensing Applications

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A., (August 22, 2013) – ASCO Numatics, the world leader in fluid automation solutions and controls for fuel dispensing applications, has introduced in North America the ASCO 291 Series of high-pressure solenoid valves for compressed natural gas (CNG) dispensing applications.

“As CNG becomes a popular fuel in commercial fleets and personal vehicles, the demand for fueling stations is expected to rise dramatically,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics. “The Series 291 valve is specifically designed for CNG dispensing equipment in North America. Few valves on the market have the high flow and pressure ratings, plus the low power consumption, that are critical to design engineers at CNG station packagers and dispensing manufacturers.”

Solenoid valves play a key role controlling CNG flow in dispensing equipment. The 291 Series’ rugged construction and unique internal design are tailored to meet the industry’s unique requirements for solenoid valves. It safely withstands pressures of over 5,000 psi, provides superior flow rates, and consumes only 12 watts of power.

“Dispensing equipment manufacturers will benefit from our CNG valve line’s small size, great fit, and low power consumption, plus the high quality that only ASCO can provide,” said Kemple. “Station packagers will value our high flow rate that permits faster vehicle fueling and exceptional reliability that reduces maintenance and down time.”

The 291 Series valves are offered in three pipe sizes — 3/8 inch, ½ inch, and 1 inch — plus three-station and six-station manifold versions.

Customers can access Emerson ASCO’s worldwide technical and application support through its distributors, field sales representatives, and the company’s technical support center via phone and the Web.

The ASCO 291 Series CNG valves can be ordered from ASCO distributors or directly from the company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. For more information, contact ASCO at 800-972-ASCO, by e-mail at info-valve@asco.com, or visit http://www.ascovalve.com/CNG.

About ASCO Numatics

ASCO Numatics, an Emerson company, offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, including fluid control and fluid power products, for a wide range of industry-focused applications. The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valves, angle body piston valves, linear indicators, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, cylinders, grippers, filters, regulators, and lubricators. For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit http://www.asconumatics.com

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.  Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion.  For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.


Monday, August 12th, 2013

Honeywell Experts Host Free Hearing Conservation Seminars to Help Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

 SMITHFIELD, R.I., Aug. 12, 2013 — Noise-induced hearing loss might well be the world’s most prevalent occupational injury. But this fall, hearing conservation experts from Honeywell (NYSE: HON) will host a series of free seminars to show how, with the proper education, motivation, and protection, it can also be 100% preventable.

             Titled “Howard Leight® HearForever™: Best Practices in Effective Hearing Conservation,” the half-day, morning seminars will help safety professionals improve their workplace hearing conservation programs with practical information on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and the latest research and technologies. The seminars will be held in Oklahoma and Texas in September, and in the Great Lakes region of Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan in October.

The seminars are approved for continuing education credit by the ABIH (American Board of Industrial Hygiene). Topics will include:

  • Basics of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL);
  • Key elements of an effective hearing conservation program;
  • Impending changes to the noise reduction rating (NRR) and how it impacts participants’ hearing conservation programs;
  • Case studies from successful hearing conservation programs;
  • Employee motivation and training techniques and resources;
  • Reducing costs for hearing loss.

The half-day seminars will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Norman, Oklahoma: Sept. 9, Monday
  • Grand Prairie, Texas: Sept. 10, Tuesday
  • Houston: Sept. 11, Wednesday
  • Corpus Christi, Texas: Sept. 12, Thursday
  • Milwaukee: Oct. 14, Monday
  • Merrillville, Indiana: Oct 15, Tuesday
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan: Oct. 16, Wednesday
  • Novi, Michigan: Oct. 17, Thursday

The sessions will be led by Dr. Theresa Y. Schulz, Lt. Col. USAF (Retired), Hearing Conservation Manager for Honeywell Safety Products, the global provider of Howard Leight® hearing protection solutions and founder of the HearForever™ initiative. Dr. Schulz is a past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and also past chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). During her more that 20-year career in the United States Air Force, she was twice recognized as USAF Outstanding Audiologist of the Year. She served as a senior service fellow at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Hearing Loss Prevention Program. Dr. Schulz holds a Ph.D. in hearing science from the Ohio State University.

Attendees receive free training materials, literature, and hearing protection samples. They also will participate in hands-on demonstrations of new hearing conservation technologies, including the Howard Leight VeriPRO® fit-testing system for measuring earplug fit, and the Honeywell QUIETPRO® advanced in-ear communication system for high noise environments.

To register for the “Howard Leight HearForever: Best Practices in Effective Hearing Conservation” seminars, visit the seminar websites — Oklahoma/Texas seminars: http://www.hearforever.org/OK_TX_2013, and Great Lakes region seminars: http://www.hearforever.org/GreatLakes_2013 — or email sales@sperianprotection.

Howard Leight HearForever™ hearing conservation seminars have been presented to thousands of safety professionals on five continents over the past nine years to raise awareness of the dangers, risks and consequences of noise-induced hearing loss.

About Honeywell Safety Products

Honeywell Safety Products (HSP), a global manufacturer of leading personal protective equipment (PPE) and provider of safety solutions, helps company employees make safer decisions on their own and build an enduring culture of safety. With world class brands such as Honeywell®, Uvex®, North®, Howard Leight®, Miller®, Fibre-Metal® and Servus®, HSP offers a full range of quality PPE, including: protective clothing; fall and hearing protection products; solutions that protect hands, head, feet, eyes and face; along with respiratory, welding, first-aid, lockout/tagout and traffic safety equipment. Lead them to safety—visit www.honeywellsafety.com/culture to learn more.

 

About Honeywell

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

 

This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Media Contact: Don Goncalves, Tiziani Whitmyre Public Relations, 781-793-9380, dgoncalves@tizinc.com

 


Monday, July 1st, 2013

Microtest Laboratories President and Scientific Director Steven G. Richter, Ph.D., Receives 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Holyoke Community College

AWAGAM, MASS. — July 1, 2013 — Microtest Laboratories President and Scientific Director Steven G. Richter, Ph.D., was recently honored by the Holyoke Community College Alumni Association at its 36th Annual HCC Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner.

Richter was cited as a fervent believer in the power and potential of education and science. Since his founding of Microtest Laboratories in Agawam, Mass., in 1984, Richter has actively led or supported dozens of Western Massachusetts economic development and workforce initiatives and training partnerships with area companies, governments, schools, and colleges.

“As a major employer and a leading economic catalyst in the region’s life sciences industry, it is our mission and our responsibility to nurture future careers, job opportunity and economic growth — as well as strive to discover breakthrough products and services that will better everyone’s health and quality of life,” he said.

Just this spring, Richter was credited by Holyoke Community College President Bill Messner with helping to secure a $3.8 million grant to develop and equip a first-class, 13,000-square-foot Center for Life Sciences and high tech clean room at the college.

Following Richter’s graduation from Holyoke Community College, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts and his doctorate from Columbia Pacific University in California. He founded Microtest Laboratories after serving as an official with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Microtest Laboratories is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Based in Agawam, Mass., the company provides expertise and flexible processes that enhance product safety and security, accelerate time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption. For more information about Microtest Laboratories, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com, or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680. Follow on Twitter at twitter.com/MicrotestLabs.


Thursday, June 27th, 2013

First Commons Bank Wins #1, Gold Regional Community Bank Awards in Readers Choice Competition

WELLESLEY, MASS. — June 27, 2013 — First Commons Bank has been named the “#1 Community Bank” in Newton, and the “Gold Regional Favorite Community Bank” in Newton/Needham/Wellesley, in the 2013 Wicked Local Readers Choice Awards.

More than 400,000 votes were cast in the 2013 competition to honor the “Best in Town/The Best Around” choices in a variety of product and service categories, according to GateHouse Media New England, which sponsors the program through its Wicked Local hyper-local community websites. The competitive readers’ poll is designed to reward those people, businesses and establishments that make a town a great place to live.

“We are especially honored by these awards — #1 Community Bank and Regional Gold Community Bank — in that they were bestowed by the neighbors and clients we know and see daily. The awards demonstrate that we deliver Common Sense Banking and are the antithesis of the big banks,” said Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President and CEO of First Commons Bank.

About First Commons Bank

First Commons Bank, N.A., is a nationally chartered, FDIC-insured full-service community bank, dedicated to serving the businesses and individuals of Newton, Wellesley, Waltham, and eastern Massachusetts. The bank, which opened for business on July 22, 2009, reported total assets of $222,527,000 as of March 31, 2013 – after only 44 months of operation and making it larger than 59 percent of all FDIC-insured banks in the U.S.

First Commons Bank provides clients with superior, personalized service and the highest quality banking through its onsite management team, experienced staff members, a unique and welcoming branch environment, and advanced banking technologies. Of note: Tony Nuzzo, Chairman, President, and CEO, was named Financial Services Executive of the Year in the prestigious 2010 American Business Awards. First Commons Bank locations include its headquarters at 718 Beacon St. in Newton Centre, Mass., and 161 Linden Square, in Wellesley, Mass.

Visit First Commons Bank on the Web at http://www.firstcommonsbank.com. Follow the bank on Facebook at http://facebook.com/firstcommonsbank and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/firstcommonsbnk.


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