Ticker: Curaleaf adding jobs, veterans partnerships; Downeaster to get CARES act funds

Wakefield-based marijuana producer Curaleaf announced Tuesday it was creating 50 new jobs in Massachusetts at its Webster grow and manufacturing facility.

The company is also announcing a recruiting partnership with two local veterans organizations, the Mass Fallen Heroes and Project New Hope Inc. Details of the partnership are to be announced Tuesday, but Curaleaf said it will be working to recruit qualified veteran applicants for more than 50 new jobs.

“We are expanding our business at a time when many others are unfortunately closing in the Commonwealth, and we welcome the opportunity to provide much needed jobs to those in the veteran community,” said Curaleaf CEO Joe Lusardi. “This effort also demonstrates the great growth potential of the cannabis industry, in Massachusetts and beyond.”

“We are extremely honored to be partnering with Curaleaf on this and many other initiatives,” said Mass Fallen Heroes Executive Director Dan Magoon. “Like many nonprofits, this pandemic has seriously impacted our mission and our ability to serve our veterans and families of the fallen. Curaleaf has provided us much needed support during this challenging time.”

“Providing assistance to these veterans’ organizations makes us a stronger company and community partner,” said Curaleaf MA President Patrik Jonsson.

Downeaster to get $2.1M boost from CARES Act 

Federal CARES Act money will pay for improvements to the passenger rail system that connects Maine to Boston. The $2.1 million is slated for the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which operates the Downeaster.

The Downeaster runs from Boston to Brunswick daily and is running at limited capacity because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The money will help the Downeaster make improvements that enhance safety, efficiency and reliability, said Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who is the chairwoman of the transportation appropriations subcommittee.

She said the Downeaster is critical for Maine’s economic recovery from the pandemic because of its role “providing good jobs, supporting local vendors of goods and services, and strengthening our tourism industry.”


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