The third annual Manufacturing Award Ceremony celebrated manufacturers “making it” in Massachusetts. Hazen Paper is a family owned and operated specialty paper converter known worldwide for holography used in packaging, lottery tickets, and on the NFL Super Bowl program and the enshrinement yearbook for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Holography creates the illusion of motion and dimension on two-dimensional printed pieces by refracting and reflecting light.
Hazen President John Hazen attributes the company’s success to forward thinking, investing in future manufacturing capabilities and people – even when it was challenging to do so. “In 2009, when the world was still reeling from the Great Recession, Hazen launched a new holographic lab, design studio and metallizing factory to produce and promote original materials using Hazen-Lens technology. Our timing was bold, and our plan was aggressive: it required fortitude to stay the course.”
Hazen had also initiated an apprentice program in 2007 to train workers with the expertise this high-tech factory would require. In the last ten years, Hazen has hired and trained more than 50 apprentices. In 2010, Hazen started an internship program with engineering students from Western New England University, several of whom are now full-time members of the Hazen management team. Hazen has long participated in the “World is Our Classroom” program that ensures every fifth-grader in the Holyoke Public Schools visits Hazen for a full day of teaching, demonstrations and tours. Since 2004, Hazen has welcomed an estimated 4,000 students.
Hazen was nominated for the award by Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega. “Manufacturing is not only an essential component of our economy in Massachusetts, it's in the DNA of cities like Holyoke,” says Vega. “We are a city born of innovation and manufacturing, with a rich history of making things.”
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.
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