On Monday, September 24th, the Coghlin family received special recognition at the 169th annual meeting of the Worcester County Mechanics Association.  The Coghlin families were the recipients of the 2012 Master Mechanic Award, recognizing their leadership in the community, business practices, and philanthropy over several generations.

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The Coghlin family began their work in Worcester in 1885 when John P. Coghlin, an engineering and manufacturing pioneer, founded his company.  Mr. Coghlin’s company became one of a number of flourishing industrial businesses during a time when Worcester was known for thriving with technological innovation.  Through multiple generations of Coghlin leaders, this company goes on thriving, employing hundreds of employees, and supporting social causes throughout central Massachusetts such as 15-40 Connection, United Way and many others.

Today, John P. Coghlin’s companies have become Coghlin Electrical Contractors and Coghlin Companies.  Coghlin Electrical Contractors, led by company president Susan Mailman, has roughly 230 employees.  Coghlin Electrical Contractors designs, installs, contracts, distributes, and supports electrical, telecommunication, security, audiovisual and networking systems for large projects within an 80-mile radius of Worcester. A union contractor, they have worked on the new downtown Courthouse, Gateway Park, UMass Medical School and CitySquare, and has long-standing relationships with global companies such as Intel.

Coghlin Companies, led by President & CEO Chris Coghlin, is comprised of three wholly owned subsidiaries — Columbia Tech, Cogmedix and DCI Engineering. Collectively, they provide Concept to Commercialization solutions including product engineering, contract manufacturing, logistics and field support solutions to a diversified group of capital equipment manufacturers, device manufacturers, and select entrepreneurs throughout the United States.

The annual meeting of the Worcester County Mechanics Association was held at Mechanics Hall on Main Street in Worcester.  The evening featured two Coghlin family members as speakers, Susan Mailman and Chris Coghlin, the current leaders of what is now the two family businesses.  The evening left association members and other attendees optimistic about the future of innovation, business and philanthropy in Worcester.

Congratulations to the entire Coghlin family on their recognition.  For multiple generations, the Coghlin family has been leaders in their field, made significant contributions to the city and its inhabitants through development, jobs and taxes, and to the community with their philanthropic endeavors.  Thank you.