"Statewide, manufacturing companies in 2014 had a nearly 67 percent increase in jobs created, 71 percent increase in the number of new hires, 63 percent increase in sales, and 79 percent increase in cost savings. Manufacturing in Worcester was the strongest sector in comparison to Boston."
- Tim Murray, president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, a former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, and mayor of Worcester
"Workforce shortages are a good problem to have and one in which we will find solutions through regional educational partnerships and creative innovations," commented Murray.
Massachusetts educators are doing just that. They address the issue by empowering and training students for a growing number of high-skilled and high-paying careers in engineering, designing, machining, and computer programming in manufacturing. With an increased number of 3-D printers and other advanced computer-based manufacturing technologies, an average manufacturing salary of $70,000, and $100 million in federal grant funding for manufacturing student apprenticeship programs, the time is ripe for job growth, and manufacturing industry growth, in Massachusetts.
"Made in Central Mass. - Manufacturing Matters" Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 1
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce will host an invite-only panel discussion to address the issue. School administrators, guidance counselors, and manufacturing professionals will hear key players talk about challenges and successes in area manufacturing:
- Keith A. Poirier, environmental, health & safety manager of Bonded Abrasives & Superabrasives at Saint-Gobain Abrasives
- Bill DiBenedetto, president of the Lampin Corp.
- Leslie Parady, workforce development manager at the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP)
National Manufacturing Day Factory Tours
Friday, October 2
Manufacturing companies across the nation and in Massachusetts will host public tours. Find an event in Massachusetts.