Fran­chot presents procla­ma­tion to Cam­bridge busi­ness

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Comptroller Peter Fran­chot vis­ited Safe Chain So­lu­tions in Cam­bridge to is­sue a procla­ma­tion for ex­cel­lence in busi­ness on Thurs­day, June 16.

Fran­chot and guests en­joyed a tour of the ware­house and of­fice fa­cil­i­ties be­fore set­tling in the con­fer­ence room to present the procla­ma­tion, along with the spe­cial comptroller medal­lions, to the com­pany’s CEO and pres­i­dent. Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid­Shore; Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot; County Coun­cil­men Tom Brad­shaw and Rick Price; City Com­mis­sioner Gage Thomas; and Cam­bridge Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment As­so­ciate Direc­tor Bran­don Hes­son were among those who came along for the event.

Fran­chot com­mended Safe Chain So­lu­tions for its “rapidly grow­ing dis­trib­u­tor­ship of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts and med­i­cal de­vices to cus­tomers world­wide, for out­stand­ing cus­tomer ser­vice and com­mit­ment to meet­ing the needs of pa­trons for more than three decades that serves as an ex­am­ple to all busi­nesses in Mary­land, and spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion for en­sur­ing the high­est level of safety, in­tegrity and de­pend­abil­ity.”

Founded in 2011, Safe Chain So­lu­tions is a na­tional dis­trib­u­tor of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs and sur­gi­cal sup­plies to hos­pi­tals, re­tail

phar­ma­cies, sur­gi­cal cen­ters, long-term care fa­cil­i­ties and physi­cian groups. They are cur­rently li­censed in 47 states. The par­ent com­pany, Bench­works, is a mar­ket­ing com­pany based in Ch­ester­town.

“This year, from this fa­cil­ity, we have a fight­ing chance to break 50 mil­lion in rev­enue,” said Bench­works CEO Thad Bench, Sr. “We are com­mit­ted to Cam­bridge. We’re here for the long term.”

Ac­cord­ing to SCS Pres­i­dent Charles Boyd, the com­pany has grown over 500 per­cent in the last two years.

In April 2011, the com­pany moved into their cur­rent of­fice space with one full­time em­ployee, Boyd, and one part-time em­ployee. To­day, they have over 25 em­ploy­ees, a sales of­fice in Mi­ami, an ad­di­tional ware­house in Ken­tucky, and they have pur­chased the six-acre prop­erty in Cam­bridge they were rent­ing.

The cur­rent of­fice and ware­house space sits on two acres, and SCS plans to ex­pand over the ad­di­tional four acres as the busi­ness con­tin­ues to thrive un­der the lead­er­ship of Boyd and Gen­eral Man­ager Jesse Ham­mett. They hope to even­tu­ally have 50 to 75 em­ploy­ees.

In ad­di­tion to the busi­ness’ many dis­tri­bu­tion con­tracts, SCS is pre­par­ing to launch a closed-door phar­macy op­er­a­tion spe­cial­iz­ing in HIV med­i­ca­tions with home-de­liv­ery ser­vice.

“One of the big things about spe­cialty phar­ma­cies is pa­tient care,” Boyd said. “The big guys, they don’t do it the way they’re sup­posed to. A pa­tient is just another num­ber for them. In spe­cialty phar­macy, you treat that pa­tient as if it’s a family mem­ber.”

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot pre­sented the procla­ma­tion and his spe­cial Comptroller coin to Safe Chain So­lu­tions Pres­i­dent Charles Boyd Thurs­day, June 16.

PHO­TOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot vis­ited Cam­bridge-based Safe Chain So­lu­tions to is­sue a procla­ma­tion on Thurs­day, June 16. Pic­tured are Bench­works CEO Thad Bench, Sr., SCS Pres­i­dent Charles Boyd, Gen­eral Man­ager Jesse Ham­mett, Thad Bench, Jr., Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot, County Coun­cil­men Tom Brad­shaw and Rick Price, City Com­mis­sioner Gage Thomas, and City of Cam­bridge Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment As­so­ciate Direc­tor Bran­don Hes­son.

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot toured Cam­bridge-based Safe Chain So­lu­tions Thurs­day, June 16.

Safe Chain So­lu­tions Pres­i­dent Charles Boyd, left, and Bench­works CEO Thad Bench Sr., right, dis­cuss the closed-door phar­macy that will op­er­ate in the Cam­bridge fa­cil­ity soon dur­ing a tour Thurs­day, June 16, with Comptroller Peter Fran­chot.

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