Western Massachusetts has long been known for a large and diverse
manufacturing industry employing nearly 40,000 workers. In
This industry is focused in developing parts and products within the Fabricated Metal, Paper, Computer, Electronics and Transportation Equipment industries, used to supply major commercial manufacturers in the
From a state-wide perspective, this sector is the fourth largest employer with 299,477 employees (2006) or 9% of the state's total workforce. The average annual salary in 2006 for a
The current focus of area manufacturers lies within three main initiatives: technology development, attracting additional manufacturing companies to the area and meeting present and future staffing demands. Insuring a supply of skilled employees is a region-wide goal being addressed by a partnership of manufacturing companies, local colleges, grant programs and regional employment boards.
This cluster works extensively with regional industry organizations, such as the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (WMNTMA), to develop and implement new, innovative technologies, share intellectual capital and resources, as well as develop partnerships with companies who demand precision manufacturing conducted in a time-sensitive, cost effective manner.
ADVANCED TO ADVANTAGEOUS
The case of New England's Manufacturing Revolution
Western Massachusetts Manufacturing Companies*
Governor's America Corporation manufactures a broad range of electronic and electro-mechanical products including engine control systems for more than 1000 customers, including engine manufacturers, engine distributors, and OEMs that utilize industrial engines as part of their products.
Kollmorgen Electro-Optical develops integrated and stabilized, high-performance optronic sensor, antenna, masts and weapon control systems for defense applications with the capability to design, build and test electro-optical or motion control products.
Hasbro Games is an international leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. All Milton Bradley (founded in Springfield in 1860) and Parker Brothers board games are manufactured in the company's Western Massachusetts facility.
Lenox has designed, tested and manufactured premium-performance power tool accessories, hand tools, band saw blades, torches, solder and accessories for more than 90 years.
Savage Arms is a firearms manufacturer of a variety of rimfire and centerfire rifles; established in 1894.
Solutia is a leading manufacturer of chemicals and resins. Its Saflex product has the predominant world-wide market share for safety glass in automobile windshields.
Smith and Wesson, founded in Springfield in 1852, has long been the largest handgun manufacturer in the United States and an international leader in the development and manufacturing of firearms and accessories. Their products are used by the majority of the nation's police departments.
UPG United Plastics Group Inc is a global custom manufacturer with facilities located in the USA, Mexico, Wales, and China. Our facilities primarily service the Medical Device, Medical Diagnostics, Industrial, and Consumer markets. Our core competencies include injection molding, assembly, and providing engineering product design and design for manufacture services.
U.S. Tsubaki is a leading manufacturer and supplier of power transmission and motion control products and is the world's market share leader in roller chain.
Vaupell Northeast Molding & Tooling specializes in medical device manufacturing, tooling and precision machining components for the medical device industry.
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue is a resource for obtaining a manufacturing classification, regulations governing companies within the manufacturing industry and the tax credits and incentives available to this industry. This organization also maintains a searchable registry of all manufacturers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association is a formal alliance of more than 60 member companies, united to promote the precision machining industry, provide critical business intelligence to members. This group's main focuses are in public policy as well as the development of education, workforce, industry and membership.
Western Massachusetts public schools offer a Machine Tool Technology Program for high school students in five districts. Upon completion, the students have obtained the skills required to set-up and operate manual and CNC equipment, interpret engineering drawings, and perform quality inspection processes.
Asnuntuck, Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community Colleges offer Manufacturing Technology (Asnuntuck) and Mechanical Engineering Technology (STCC) Associate degree and Certificate programs that prepare students for a myriad of careers in precision manufacturing.
This video was commissioned and paid for by the Roger L. Putnam Technical Fund. The goal of the Fund is to help students reach their full potential, by encouraging and promoting the active involvement of the business community in the life of the school. The support from the business community assists in insuring that the building, equipment, and course curriculums for the students, match the needs of the trades that will employ them. Click here to view the video.
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