PENTA Building Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Drew Hundreds
WESTBOROUGH _ For a short time on Thursday afternoon, May 29th, traffic slowed on Route 9 eastbound as over 200 community, business and municipal leaders made their way to the new home of PENTA Communications, Inc. The integrated marketing firm hosted a Ribbon Cutting and Building Dedication Ceremony which drew interest and support from all over New England.
PENTA CEO, Deborah Penta, welcomed the crowd and introduced the many state and local officials who spoke at the event including: Gladys Rodriquez-Parker, representing Congressman James McGovern; Kate Donaghue, representing Governor Deval Patrick, Senator Harriette Chandler; Senator Michael Moore; Representative Matt Beaton, Representative Carolyn Dykema; Representative Danielle Gregoire; Worcester City Mayor Joseph Petty; Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus, Jr.; George Barrette, Chairman of the Westborough Selectmen; James Robbins, Westborough Town Planner; Former Lt. Governor and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Timothy Murray; Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce President Karen Chapman; Jeannie Hebert, President of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Bonnie Biocchi, President of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.
The evening was filled with many unexpected surprises. Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty presented Founder Deborah Penta with a key to the City of Worcester for all of the Worcester organizations and non-profits she and her Company have helped throughout the years. Kate Donaghue, who represented Governor Deval Patrick, attended the event because the Governor was out of the country. She read a heartfelt letter from Governor Patrick that highlighted the many milestones the Company has achieved in its lifespan. He also recognized the Firm as being an example of the innovative and creative energy that makes Massachusetts a special place to do business and that drives our economy forward.
In addition, PENTA was presented with a citation from both the Massachusetts Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives for its new corporate office location at the historic 1790 House in Westborough, and acknowledged the Company as a regional leader in marketing and communications for the past 25 years.
Former Lt. Governor and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Timothy Murray applauded PENTA for the amount the Company has invested in the region and noted the successful impact the Company has had on so many of its clients, including the Worcester Regional Airport.
Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce (C9) President Karen Chapman highlighted how much PENTA Communications has built the C9’s brand in the region.
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce President Jeannie Hebert spoke of her long history with the marketing firm, reminiscing about the work it performed on behalf of Hebert Candies many years ago.
The Westborough Board of Selectmen also presented PENTA with a Proclamation from the Town of Westborough for the Restoration and Historic Preservation of the former 1790 House, a landmark property on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Company was also recognized for its 25th Anniversary, and its commitment to the community.
“The PENTA project was the perfect marriage of a well-recognized building and well-recognized local company,” said George Barrette, Chairman of the Westborough Board of Selectmen. “To have married this beautiful structure with a thriving regional business is a gift to the Town.”
Westborough Selectmen Vice Chair Timothy Dodd added, “We thank and congratulate PENTA Communications for restoring this historic property in the original center of Westborough. This will fit with our efforts as the 100th town incorporated in Massachusetts and our 300th Anniversary, to preserve and promote our incredible history.”
“The 1790 House is a landmark building in Westborough and we’re so pleased with that PENTA Communications has decided to not only occupy it as their new corporate headquarters, but also to restore and preserve the building that holds so much history. It’s a true testament to the character of PENTA Communications and all its employees and we’re so proud they continue to call Westborough home,” said Westborough Selectman Ian Johnson.
“PENTA Communications is like a beacon going down Route 9. People will see it and realize that this fairly quiet area is now developing and growing. It’s a great reuse of existing space for many years to come,” Barrette said.