Gov. Deval Patrick visited A123 Systems Thursday and touted the company’s “extraordinarily exciting technology,” saying green businesses would play a big part in the Commonwealth’s recovery from the recession.

Gov. Deval Patrick visited A123 Systems Thursday and touted the company’s “extraordinarily exciting technology,” saying green businesses would play a big part in the Commonwealth’s recovery from the recession.


“Clean technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Commonwealth and most of those jobs are in manufacturing,” Patrick said at a press conference outside A123’s Watertown office.


Earlier this year, A123, which makes lithium ion batteries, received $100 million in tax credits from Michigan and will open a plant in Lavonia, Mich. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm “busts my chops,” Patrick said, about not getting the plant, which would create thousands of jobs. Patrick said Massachusetts was working on job creation.


“Jobs are being added here in Massachusetts,” Patrick said. “We’d like to have them all, sure, but this is good for the country. We get the bragging rights of being the home state.”


Patrick said his office was “working with A123 on another project.”


Patrick and other politicians at the press conference talked up A123 and similar companies’ contribution to the area and the economy.


Sen. Steve Tolman, D-Watertown and Boston, said eco-friendly energy companies would “bring America back” and Patrick cited A123’s initial public offering last week as an indicator that the economy was bouncing back.


District B Town Councilor and State Rep. Jon Hecht, D-Watertown, said Watertown had long been home to companies and individuals that think outside the box.


“Watertown has been a place where we’ve fostered innovation for a long time,” he said, adding that his father was working with then-cutting edge diodes in the 1960s.


A123 has deals with Chrysler and, through Delphi Corp., with SAIC Motor Corp. of China to supply lithium ion cells for their electric and hybrid vehicles.


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