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Associated Industries of Massachusetts 2015 Global Trade Awards Celebrate Local Companies for International Success

March 26, 2015
By Business Wire News


The Associated Industries of Massachusetts International Business Council (AIM-IBC) announced winners of its 20th annual Global Trade Awards, which recognize Massachusetts companies and public agencies of all sizes that have demonstrated excellence in international trade. The 2015 honorees, with locations across the region, represent a wide range of Massachusetts industries and include Desalitech, Massport and Hollingsworth & Vose Company.

“Massachusetts companies are key players in the global economy, offering innovative products and services produced in Massachusetts to markets across the globe,” said Richard Lord, president and CEO of AIM. “From providing access to overseas markets with non-stop flights from Boston to offering new environmentally sensitive technologies and products that are critical to a variety of businesses, local companies have developed strategies to be successful globally.”

The three winners of the 2015 Global Trade Awards will be honored at AIM’s 100th Annual Meeting on May 8 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. The event will include a keynote address by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

2015 Global Trade Award Winners

Diplomat’s Award
Newton, MA (Middlesex County)

Founded in 2008 in Israel, Desalitech produces high efficiency water treatment systems to address the global challenge of water scarcity. The company’s ReFlex™ Reverse Osmosis products feature patented technology which typically reduces water treatment waste by 50-70% and energy consumption by up to 35%, saving significant operating costs for industrial and agricultural operations around the world. Desalitech systems are used for industrial water purification by Coca Cola in Asia, consumer product manufacturing in Mexico, and beverage production in Africa. In Singapore and Israel, Desalitech products are used for water recycling.

Ambassador’s Award
Boston, MA (Suffolk County)

Massport, an independent public aviation and port authority, owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Logan added 19 new international non-stop flights in the past eight years, connecting the international business community with clients and prospects overseas. New flights carry executives, tourists, university professors, hospital researchers, tech entrepreneurs and students from the Commonwealth to fast-growing, emerging economies in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Increased international service also makes it easier for foreign companies and executives to visit and invest in Massachusetts.

Chairman’s Award
Hollingsworth & Vose Company
East Walpole, MA (Norfolk County)

Hollingsworth & Vose Company is a global manufacturer of advanced materials used in filtration, battery and industrial applications. H&V’s Massachusetts-made products can be found in filters for clean rooms, hospitals, computers, commercial buildings, homes, cars, trucks and heavy duty equipment, and also in batteries used in telecom and hybrid vehicles. Family-owned for seven generations, the company’s origins can be traced back to 1728 when an “Act for the Encouragement of Papermaking” was passed by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.” The company operates 13 manufacturing plants in North America, Europe, India and China, supplying customers in over 75 countries.

About the AIM International Business Council

The AIM International Business Council helps Massachusetts employers engage in international trade and expand their global business activities. Visit

About Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM)

Established in 1915, Associated Industries of Massachusetts is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan association of Massachusetts employers. With nearly 4500 member companies employing more than 600,000 people in Massachusetts, AIM’s mission is to promote the well-being and prosperity of the Commonwealth by reducing business costs, shaping state and federal business regulation, and ensuring a skilled and highly educated work force. For further information, visit

Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Brian R. Gilmore, 617-262-1180
Executive Vice President
AIM International Business Council
Kristen Rupert, 617-262-1180
Executive Director