ProAmpac’s Prolamina division was honored with a Gold MassEcon Impact Award for the western region of Massachusetts for its Westfield, Massachusetts, facility renovation. ProAmpac, and the other MassEcon honorees, were selected on the basis of job growth, facility expansion, investment and community involvement since Jan. 1, 2015.

Prolamina’s Westfield facility renovation included a 31,000 square foot facility renovation, replacement of the 200,000 square foot roof, improvement of the building’s air flow and additional manufacturing space. Prolamina invested over $4 million in this major renovation and allocated another $2.9 million for future equipment upgrades. Prolamina’s Westfield facility has been in operation for over 30 years, and although the building has seen improvements in the past, a refurbishment of this magnitude had never been done. These improvements make Prolamina’s Westfield facility a showpiece for ProAmpac and provide a significant aesthetic improvement to the gateway of downtown Westfield.

Accepting the award on behalf of Prolamina was Dave Hopkins, President of Commercial Operations. “We focus on always trying to give our customers what they want: exceptional, consistent quality, superior service and aggressive innovation,” he says. “We are here in Massachusetts because of the people – we could not have grown our business without our employees. The work ethic of our employees in Western Mass is second to none. We have virtually no turnover and have often had three generations of family members working side-by-side at our Westfield facility. Our people are what make Prolamina great.”