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    Tech, health care, manufacturing firms honored for contribution to Mass. economy

    Growing technology, health care, and manufacturing companies dominated this year’s MassEcon Economic Impact Awards, an annual event honoring businesses that have “made an outstanding contribution to the Massachusetts economy.” This is the 12th year the Watertown nonprofit, founded in 1993 to promote Massachusetts business development, has given the awards. This year’s 15 winning companies created more than 2,700 jobs in Massachusetts, invested $346 million in the state, and collectively added 1.7 million square feet to their facilities in the last two years. And here they are:

    Gold

    Greater Boston: TripAdvisor Inc., Needham

    Central Mass.: GE Healthcare Inc., Marlborough

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    Northeast Mass.: Aspen Technology Inc., Bedford

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    Southeast Mass.: Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp., New Bedford

    Western Mass.: Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, Lee

    Silver

    Greater Boston: Baxalta Inc., Cambridge

    Central Mass.: Great Wolf Lodge, Fitchburg

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    Northeast Mass.: Southwick (custom made suits), Haverhill

    Southeast Mass.: Lafrance Hospitality Co., Wareham

    Western Mass.: Kennametal Inc., Greenfield

    Bronze

    Greater Boston: Carbonite Inc., Boston

    Central Mass.: SanDisk Corp., Marlborough

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    Northeast Mass.: Energi Inc., Peabody

    Southeast Mass.: South Shore Millwork, Norton

    Western Mass.: Mohawk Fine Papers Inc., South Hadley

    Megan Woolhouse can be reached at megan.woolhouse@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @megwoolhouse.