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July 2, 2013

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Fallavollita wins 2013 Small Business Person of the Year Award

Scott Fallavollita of West Newbury, owner and president of United Tool & Die Co. Inc. in Wilmington, has been selected as the SBA Massachusetts 2013 Small Business Person of the Year.

When Fallavollita bought the company in 2007 with an SBA 504 loan, it was in severe decline and only had seven employees. Within a year he had won a Workforce Training grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and used it to kick-start culture change by introducing his employees to Lean Manufacturing basics. He utilized a second SBA 504 loan to purchase the facility in Wilmington and effect a total shop floor makeover. At that point the company retrofitted to utilize more energy-efficient equipment, streamlined its operation, implemented process controls and reorganized around continuous improvement principles. Today, the company has $2.1 million in annual sales with 14 full-time employees and continues to grow.

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

New teaching, production manager at Portmedia

Andrew Love is Portmedia’s new teaching and production manager. He comes from Cape Ann Television in Gloucester, where he was a production coordinator for seven years. During that time, CATV won a Best Overall Public, Educational and Government Access Award from the Alliance for Community Media.

Love’s specialty is teaching television techniques and technology to novice and journeymen filmmakers. He will be setting up a series of classes and workshops that range from the basics of picking up a camera, all the way to the advanced skills someone needs to pursue a professional career in film.

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