As State Manufacturing Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Levels, Haverhill’s Dela to add Jobs With State Grant

Dela and other grant recipients were joined by Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, second row, fourth from the right, who announced the grants, and Christine Nolan, director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech, front row center, fifth from the right, which managed the grant program for the state. (Courtesy photograph.)

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Haverhill’s Dela will add up to 18 jobs and expand its production of foam components after securing a $250,000 grant from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program.

Dela, located in the Ward Hill Business Park, manufactures engineered flexible materials for companies servicing the medical, defense, public safety, footwear, automotive and specialty packaging industries. The grant is intended to give the company an edge against worldwide low labor cost competitors. Dela will purchase foam fabrication equipment, allowing the company to produce in large scale, at competitive pricing, disposable body positioner components for operating rooms, medical devices and custom packaging inserts.

“Massachusetts’ manufacturing sector has bounced back as we exit the pandemic, with more manufacturing jobs in the state than we had in March 2020,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito during the Mass. Manufacturing Mash-Up earlier this month at Polar Park in Worcester.

The Mash-Up provided a showcase for the Commonwealth’s new MassMakes campaign, a statewide effort to bring more people into manufacturing careers and to connect growing companies with critical resources.

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