, Newburyport, MA

November 6, 2012

Business briefs

Newburyport Daily News

---- — BauerFinancial gives Haverhill Bank

top rating

BauerFinancial has awarded Haverhill Bank its top, five-star rating. The “superior” five-star rating is based on industry standard, annual financial data as of June 30. Five-star institutions appear on BauerFinancial’s “recommended report.” The ratings classify each institution based on a variety of factors, including capital level, profitability, historical trends, reserves, regulatory compliance and asset quality.

“The five-star rating is a testament to the standards we put into place and the core practices that have been at the foundation of the bank for 135 years,” Haverhill Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas L. Mortimer said,

In addition to its Haverhill locations, Haverhill Bank, a depositor-owned institution, has a branch at 6 West Main St. in Merrimac.

Amesbury Sealing Products achieves OSHA award

Amesbury Sealing Products’ Amesbury manufacturing facility has been granted a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in recognition of operating an exemplary injury and illness prevention program at its work site.

Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards and OSHA presented the award to the 55 employees at the Amesbury facility at 57 South Hunt Road on Oct. 22 and celebrated the facility’s effort and commitment to safety in the workplace.

The plant became the fifth Amesbury Sealing Products unit to achieve the SHARP award, the others being located in North Carolina and South Dakota. Fewer than 1,600 worksites in the country and only 11 in Massachusetts currently have the SHARP recognition.

The Amesbury facility is a producer of the Foam-Tite product line of weather seals, foam gaskets used by major U.S. window manufacturers to prevent air and water infiltration in their products. The company, also known as Amesbury Group and Amesbury Industries, originated in 1978 when the Bailey Company spun off its commercial department at 21 Water St. to create an independent corporation.

Patriakeas joins Haverhill Bank

as vice president

John Patriakeas of Groveland has joined Haverhill Bank as vice president, compliance officer and Bank Secrecy Act officer. He is responsible for ensuring the bank conforms to federal and state banking rules and regulations.

Prior to joining Haverhill Bank, Patriakeas spent nearly 18 years at Eastern Bank, where he held various management positions. Most recently, he served as the vice president of compliance and operational risk. He is a certified regulatory compliance manager.

The former chairman of the Massachusetts Community Banking Council and a member of the Eastern Massachusetts Compliance Network, Patriakeas lives in Groveland with his wife and two daughters.

Currier & Associates receives women-owned business certificate

The interior design firm Currier & Associates, Inc. was awarded a Women-Owned Business Enterprise certificate by the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office.

Sharon Currier began the company in 1974. Later incorporated as Currier & Associates, Inc., the company has grown into a full-service interior design firm with unique perspectives on designing enriching environments stemming from more than 30 years in the field.

The Currier design team has competed work on nearly 1,000 projects, including healthcare facilities, senior living residences, multi-family housing, corporate offices and residences for local, regional and national clients. Recently completed projects include the Dudley Square Senior Housing for Central Boston Elder Services and the renovation of Jewish Geriatrics’ skilled nursing center in Longmeadow, New England Pediatrics in Billerica and Healthbridge Management’s facilities in Beverly and Newington, Conn. Locally, the Currier team recently renovated the new child care center for the YWCA Greater Newburyport.

This past winter, Currier & Associates, Inc. was ranked in the top 25 of the largest interior design firms in Massachusetts by The Boston Business Journal.


Career Center

Job Fair Nov. 27

ValleyWorks Career Center will present its November Job Fair, A Salute to U.S. Military Veterans, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Technology Center at Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. At least 20 or more employers are expected to participate in the event.

Job seekers can meet with representatives from a variety of industries. Organizers suggest attendees practice their 30-second introductions, dress neatly and have a clean appearance; bring multiple copies of their resumes and come prepared to complete job applications. Membership or registration is not required. However, Career Center members are asked to bring their membership information for quicker entrance.

Employers wishing to participate should contact ValleyWorks Career Center at 978-722-7000. For an updated employer listing and event details, visit

Anton’s Cleaners receives Community Excellence Award

Anton’s Cleaners, which has a location in Newburyport, was presented with the 2012 Community Excellence Award by the Massachusetts Family Business Association on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Anton’s was cited for its successful Coats for Kids community relations program, which collects, cleans and distributes approximately 60,000 coats to families each year. Arthur Anton, Jr, COO, and Charles Anton, CEO, accepted the award on behalf of Anton’s Cleaners at the annual 2012 Family Business Association Awards for Massachusetts.

The Family Business Association is a non-profit organization created to honor family businesses and recognize excellence at the annual awards program. Companies can win the Family Business Award for any given category once. Anton’s Cleaners is proud to have won the Family Business Association Award for Massachusetts in 2009 for mid-size business as well as the 2012 Community Excellence Award.

Headquartered in Tewksbury, MA, Anton’s Cleaners owns and operates 41 stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. For more information on Anton’s Cleaners, including its successful Coats for Kids and Belle of the Ball community programs, visit

JumpStart Youth Connection

seeks donations

JumpStart Youth Connection is a nonprofit organization run by Merrimack Valley social workers and philanthropists dedicated to the enrichment of our youth. Their mission is to provide academic, social and physical education opportunities to the greater lower Merrimack Valley’s youth. Jumpstart provides a safe and positive recreation alternative to teens and pre-teens who would otherwise be unsupervised during after-school hours. The nonprofit was formed after an after school program began showing impressive results. In addition, where needed, counseling services are provided by licensed practitioners. On occasion, JumpStart reaches out to communities for donated items that will help accomplish their mission in helping these children, many of which are disadvantaged through broken families, medical issues and financial hardships.

Currently Jumpstart is looking for donations of sporting goods of any type, including golf clubs (individual clubs are welcomed), bicycles in any condition as long as they are repairable (they have an immediate need for a BMX), ski equipment, skateboards, as well as any other recreational equipment that a young person might use. The pick-up of any equipment can be arranged.

For more information, contact Chris Costello at 978-388-0800 or Bob Hill at 866-388-0023 or


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