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Manufacturing Veteran Joins MassDevelopment to Head Industry Initiatives

December 13, 2012

Kelsey Abbruzzese, MassDevelopment, 617-330-2086 & 617-448-9077 (cell)

Louis Gaviglia, who has 45 years of experience in Massachusetts manufacturing, will begin work at MassDevelopment next week as the Agency’s Vice President of Manufacturing Program Initiatives. Gaviglia will be the first to hold this position, as MassDevelopment has recently increased its efforts to boost the Commonwealth’s manufacturing sector. While he will be based in Devens, Gaviglia will travel across Massachusetts to promote manufacturing in all corners of the Commonwealth.

“We’re thrilled to have Lou on board as the staff anchor of our manufacturing efforts,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “His extensive experience, broad base of knowledge, and passion for the industry will serve the Commonwealth and its companies as we seek to promote manufacturing and equip workers with skills to compete in this critical job-creating sector.”

Gaviglia has held executive positions at Nypro, Inc. in Clinton, Century Electronics in Marlborough, Madison Cable Corporation in Worcester, and Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard. A resident of Northborough, he holds a bachelor’s in science from Boston College and a master’s in business administration from Boston University.

“Not only is Lou one of the most experienced experts on manufacturing in Massachusetts, he also is a genuine ambassador for manufacturing with outreach to all corners of the globe,” said Nypro Director of Corporate Communications Al Cotton.

On December 17, Gaviglia’s first day at MassDevelopment, the Agency will also announce the first matching-grant recipients through its AMP it up! campaign (, which encourages young people to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2012, MassDevelopment financed or managed 280 projects generating investment of more than $2.3 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 12,000 jobs and build or rehabilitate 900 residential units.