House Speaker Deleo visits western Mass. to bridge state’s economy

Hazen Paper Company has been making specialty papers for 91 years

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo visiting the Hazen Paper Company in Holyoke on October 26, 2016. (WWLP)
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo visiting the Hazen Paper Company in Holyoke on October 26, 2016. (WWLP)

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – House Speaker Robert Deleo visited the Hazen Paper Company in Holyoke Wednesday night.

The Speaker is working on a plan to grow the state’s economy through the “Bay State Business Link,” which would connect businesses at both ends of the state.

“To see more of a diversification in our economy. So people from, first of all, all different kinds of education, all different kinds of backgrounds, can have a place where they can work,” said Speaker Deleo.

The Hazen Paper Company in Holyoke, Mass. on October 26, 2016. (WWLP)
The Hazen Paper Company in Holyoke, Mass. on October 26, 2016. (WWLP)

Hazen has been making specialty papers for 91 years, and employs more than 200 people. They offer an apprenticeship program, to give young workers printing experience.

Hazen President John Hazen told 22News, “We’re only as good as our employees, and it’s really a team here. It’s more like a college campus here. We’re constantly improving products and reinventing products.”

The company started off printing Hallmark cards, but now, they specialize in printing holographic paper. You ask how a paper company can stay innovative, well, Hazen Paper Company is the only business in the country to build a brand new holographic lab, to print material like this.

Hazen has made products for the state lottery tickets, Super Bowl program covers, and DVD and CD covers.

Speaker Deleo wants more businesses to produce products in Massachusetts and avoid outsourcing. He said the “Bay State Business Link” would improve the state’s economy by growing manufacturing industries and providing more job opportunities.

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