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A SCHOTT in the arm


Company brings jobs, hopeful boost to local economy



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Bob Brisard, a representative for SCHOTT Electronic Packaging, announced the company’s plans to expand in Southbridge at a news conference Thursday, Feb. 3. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
February 06, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — SCHOTT Electronic Packaging announced that it would soon be leasing warehouse, manufacturing and office space in Southbridge at a news conference held Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center.

"I've spent the better part of my career advocating for this site," said U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-MA, who spoke at the conference. "I've watched the marvelous changes that have occurred here and they are indeed extraordinary. I want to point out that SCHOTT is a terrific company. With their international presence, they understand what having an international address means as they grow this site. They are suggesting today that they plan on adding 70 jobs as well as adding $2 million of renovations to this site."

Neal emphatically stated that the site is not only important to the people of Southbridge, but to the entire Central South County region and is a great magnet for investment. Part of SCHOTT's workforce from their Cary, Ill. facility will be relocating to the area.

"This marks the beginning of a new chapter of SCHOTT's long history in Southbridge," said SCHOTT representative Bob Brisard, referencing SCHOTT's electronic packaging sales office on 122 Charlton St. "We've been in this town for more than 50 years. During that time, the foundations for imaging applications for fiber optics were laid right here. The business has grown out of those roots. Beginning with fiber optics for image intensifiers and [American Optical] developed and expanded the business to include the first laryngoscope, which provides doctors with images of the larynx and trachea."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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