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Massachusetts SBA Announces 2013 Massachusetts Small Business Awards

Release Date: 
Monday, April 22, 2013
Release Number: 
13 - 07
Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Advisory Number: 
Malise Sundstrom 617-565-8417

Scott Fallavollita of Wilmington, MA wins 2013 Small Business Person of the Year Award

Boston, MA - Scott Fallavollita, Owner and President of United Tool & Die Co. Inc. in Wilmington, MA has been selected as the SBA Massachusetts 2013 Small Business Person of the Year, according to an announcement made today by Massachusetts SBA District Director, Robert H. Nelson.

The selection is based on the following criteria: staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, current and past financial reports, innovation of product or service, response to adversity, and contribution to aid the community. United Tool & Die was nominated for this prestigious award by Margaret Somer, Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center at Salem State University.

United Tool & Die is a contract manufacturer and makes metal components requiring any mix of manual or CNC machining, wire EDM, sheet metal fabrication or metal stamping. Additionally, the company’s Gaynor Industries division produces several lines of sealing washers under the BarTite and BarClad trademarks.

Mr. Fallavollita, through utilization of the SBA 504 loan program, bought the business and facility in 2007 and managed a complete manufacturing makeover. The company streamlined its operation and has shown steady growth by investing in new machine tools, upgrading its facility, implementing process controls and reorganizing around continuous improvement principles. The company today has grown to 16 employees and supports the local community by hiring from the Billerica House of Corrections work-release program. The company also makes regular contributions to Prison Fellowship Ministries, New Brothers Fellowship and Somebody Cares New England.

“I’m humbled to be recognized for this award and know that it is only possible with a loyal core of customers and the dedication, commitment and service of my coworkers at United Tool & Die,” said Mr. Fallavollita.

“We are very pleased to honor this extraordinary individual and business owner as our 2013 Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year,” said Director Nelson. “We celebrate his success as well as his business and personal contributions to the betterment of the Wilmington community.”

Nelson added, “We have a phenomenal group of winners this year and we are looking forward to honoring all of our winners at our annual celebration event in June.”

Massachusetts/New England winners:

Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award - Alberto Calvo, President of Stop and Compare Supermarkets headquartered in Chelsea, MA

Home-Based Small Business of the Year – Robin Jones, Owner and President of Friendship Garden Nursery School in East Falmouth, MA

Massachusetts winners:

Small Business Exporter of the Year - Daniel Andrew, President of Trademark Tours, Cambridge, MA

Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Jill Tomich, CEO of Ultimate Boot Camp, Allston, MA

Micro-Enterprise of the Year – Scott Grinley, President of MMDS of Boston, Newton, MA

Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year - Matthew Cole, President/CEO of Cape Associates, Inc., Yarmouthport, MA

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year – Jesse Brown, Director of Operations for Heidrea Communications in Plymouth, MA

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year – Kris Wiegman, Owner/President of USA Couriers in Boston, MA

8(a) Graduate of the Year – Wendi Goldsmith, Founder/CEO of Bioengineering Group in Salem, MA

Financial Services Champion - Joan Medeiros, Vice President, Commercial Services, BankFive, Fall River, MA