The changing face of manufacturing: MWCC keeps pace with demand for skilled workers

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If you think all manufacturing is dirty, greasy, noisy, and boring, think again.

“The jobs that we have in manufacturing are no longer those greasy, unsafe positions, but are the high-tech, clean, very safe jobs that have great growth potential,” said Steve Sawin, President and CEO of Operon Resources Management, a manufacturing staffing company that places Mount Wachusett students and graduates in medical manufacturing positions.

The Republican – Outlook 2014: Which way is the Massachusetts economy pointing as we enter 2014? – 2/8/14

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Director Barry Bluestone estimates that 100,000 skilled manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts will open up in the next decade as older workers retire.

MPR – Manufacturing 2.0: Old Industry Creating New High-Tech Jobs – 12/26/13

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Director Barry Bluestone says he’s seen many companies transform themselves into high-tech competitive operations, whereas before they used to make much lower-tech products.

Minnesota Public Radio – Is it getting easier to find products made in the U.S.? – 12/26/13

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Dukakis Center Director Barry Bluestone says we’re seeing a renaissance in manufacturing. Nanotech, for example, holds great promise for cutting-edge U.S. manufacturing firms, he says.

The Boston Globe – Mass., US show unexpected economic growth – 11/7/13

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Economics professor Alan Clayton-Matthews comments on a recent report on the economy, for which he was a contributor.

CBS Boston – WBZ Business Breakfast – Made In Massachusetts: Creating Jobs In The Bay State – 10/31/13

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Dukakis Center Director Barry Bluestone participated in a panel on October 31st that discussed how the state’s manufacturing sector is staging an epic turnaround.

GoLocalWorcester.com – Worcester Chamber Gets Behind Local Manufacturing – 10/8/13

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The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce announced a new Manufacturing Roundtable Initiative aimed at supporting local manufacturers and recruiting new business to the region. The roundtable will involve Chamber of Commerce member manufacturers from 31 cities, as well as its 5 affiliate partners…“Manufacturing had been in sharp decline from the end of World War II to quite recently, but manufacturing is starting to come back in the state” said Barry Bluestone, Founding Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

MassEcon – Barry Bluestone on Manufacturing in MA: Video Presentation

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MassEcon’s 2013 Annual Conference titled “Manufacturing- What’s New, What’s Next?” featured manufacturing expert Barry Bluestone as moderator.

Intel will shut Mass. plant, cut 700 jobs

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The world’s leading maker of computer chips is closing its only factory in Massachusetts, eliminating up to 700 high­paying manufacturing jobs in one of the largest job cuts to hit the state in recent years.

Intel Corp. said on Thursday that its plant in Hudson is using outdated technology to make older generations of computer chips used in low­end applications, which do not generate as much profit as its higher­end microprocessors that are used in PCs.

“The facility and the site do not meet the requirements that we need,” said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy.

State considers offering computing center to businesses

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By Marie Szaniszlo | The Boston Herald | June 19, 2013 Massachusetts is considering allowing small manufacturers to use computers at the Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke to help make parts for larger manufacturers, state officials said yesterday. The plan, which is still in the conceptual stage, is part of a broader effort to […]

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