Associated Industries of Massachusetts recognizes Unistress, Chamberlain Group, Jiminy Peak

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PITTSFIELD — One company has been a Berkshire economic mainstay for almost half a century, while another is known for its cutting-edge products.

A third firm's commitment to the environment is almost as well known as its name.

Unistress Corp. of Pittsfield, the Chamberlain Group of Great Barrington and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort of Hancock have all been recognized for their contributions to the state's economy by Massachusetts' largest employer association.

Unistress and Chamberlain Group received New Century Awards for their contributions to the region's economy from Associated Industries of Massachusetts during a reception at Interprint Inc. Tuesday night. Jiminy Peak received AIM's inaugural Sustainability Award, which recognizes excellence in environmental stewardship.

Tuesday's event was the first of five regional award celebrations that AIM is holding across the state. The four other gatherings, in Worcester, Springfield, Foxboro and Lawrence, are all scheduled for October, followed by AIM's executive forum in Waltham on Nov. 18. The Springfield event takes place at the Wood Museum of Springfield History on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

AIM's President and CEO Richard Lord, a North Adams native who attended Williams College, presented the awards on Tuesday.

Unistress' origins date back to 1936 when Italian immigrant Basilio Petricca received a contract to rebuild seven bridges over the Hoosic River that had been destroyed by a hurricane. Unistress is currently working on a $70 million project, the largest in the company's 48-year history, to provide concrete panels for the new Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River in New York. Unistress, a subsidiary of Petricca Industries Inc., was founded in 1968.

"When I look around and see all the companies that are still thriving, all these multigenerational companies around here ... I'm proud to be a part of it," said Unistress President Perri Petricca, Basilio Petricca's grandson.

The Chamberlain Group was established in 1999 by Lisa and Eric Chamberlain, who had provided visual effects to the movie and television industries. They used that expertise to manufacture anatomically accurate model for the medical industry.

After leaving the visual effects industry, Lisa Chamberlain said the couple founded their company to find a way to remain living in the Berkshires.

"Boy, was that a good decision," she said. "We've never looked back."

Jiminy Peak, the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, is planning to add 450 new snow gun heads to replace less efficient technology, and expects to be completely powered by renewable energy by next year.

"It will be a big year for us," said Tyler Fairbank, the CEO of the Fairbank Group, which owns Jiminy Peak. "We're going to be 100 percent renewable."

Contact Tony Dobrowolski at 413 496-6224.


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