Maximizing manufacturing opportunities on the North Shore
By: Stratton Lloyd
Conventional wisdom on manufacturing tells us that it is a declining industry with few pathways to lifelong, lucrative careers for young people making decisions about their futures. It’s time to seriously question that way of thinking.
Yes. The data tells us that manufacturing jobs have been on rapid decline since the 1980s. But according to the Department of Unemployment Assistance/Bureau of Labor Statistics, that decline is starting to slow and, in fact, in northeast Massachusetts, manufacturing jobs grew by 1% from 2016 to 2018. It also continues to be the second-largest industry employer in the northeast region (in Essex County alone, 41,361 people work in manufacturing) and paid the highest total wages in 2018: $1.4 billion.
UMass Medical, GE Healthcare establishing Worcester manufacturing facility
By: Grant Welker
UMass Medical School and GE Healthcare Life Sciences will open a new facility next year to manufacture material used in preclinical research.
The Worcester school and Marlborough firm announced the partnership Monday, saying the facility will help cut down on a backlog due to a lack of facilities able to manufacture large scale viral vectors, which deliver genetic material into cells in gene therapy. That wait can extend to 12 to 24 months for researchers to secure enough vector for their research, they said.
Whittier Tech get $52K training grant for adults
By: Mike LaBella
HAVERHILL — Whittier Tech will use a $52,000 grant to create an Advanced Manufacturing Training Program for underemployed and unemployed area adults looking to begin or advance their career in advanced manufacturing.
The grant is part of the $2.5 million in Advanced Manufacturing Training Program grants recently awarded by the Baker-Polito administration to four consortiums. The money is targeted at ensuring students are well prepared for successful careers in the field and also training employees for an industry with a significant demand for more workers.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $2.5 Million for Advanced Manufacturing Training
ANDOVER — Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy joined John Lavoie, Superintendent-Director of the Greater Lawrence Technical School, regional workforce leaders and state and local officials to announce $2.5 million to four regional consortiums. This funding is being awarded through the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program to address the skills gap by creating a fully coordinated manufacturing training system to connect residents to full-time employment and meet the needs of regional industry.
Yankee Candle opens $6.5M R&D lab in Deerfield, consolidates manufacturing in Franklin County
By: Jim Kinney
DEERFIELD — There was a warm, flickering glow Friday when lab technicians dimmed the lights in a burn room at the new Yankee Candle research and development laboratory.
After all, there were about 1,000 candles burning, all lined up on stainless-steel lab benches under the latest in climate-control and fire-suppression technology.
Public officials and executives from Yankee Candle owner Newell Brands who gathered for the ceremonial ribbon cutting described the facility as a beacon, showing that companies are growing, and adding jobs, in Western Massachusetts.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Opens $90 Million Manufacturing Site in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Mass.– Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. officially opened its new $90 million viral vector CDMO (contract development and manufacturing organization) site in Lexington, Mass.
The 50,000-square-foot facility will add more than 200 jobs and support the development, testing and manufacture of viral vectors, which are critical to advancing new life-saving gene and cell therapies globally.