Commentary: Massachusetts manufacturers making a comeback from recession


By Rick Lord | The Republican | November 12, 2012 Manufacturers are reconsidering their supply chain strategies due to higher labor costs in developing countries, energy costs, political stability issues, and time-to-market concerns. Some companies, including auto parts and electrical equipment manufacturers, have already moved operations back to the U.S. from overseas plants. Here in […]

Manufacturing a Mass. miracle


By Barry Bluestone and Jerry Sargent | The Boston Herald | October 27, 2012 If you follow our state’s economic news, you’ve probably heard repeatedly how our innovative technology industries — mobile applications, cloud computing, biotech, medical devices — are fueling our recovery. Indeed, these sectors are thriving. So much so that you’ve probably also heard about […]

VIDEO: Manufacturing Leading the Economic Recovery


By Susan Petroni | Framingham Patch | October 19, 2012 Massachusetts is expected to see 100,000 manufacturing jobs over the next decade or about 10,000 manufacturing jobs per year said Northeastern University Professor and economist Barry Bluestone at the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Exec-Connect luncheon Thursday. Speaking before 70 MetroWest business and government leaders at the Sheraton Hotel, Bluestone said […]

Economist: Colleges, voke schools need to do more job prep


By Laura Krantz | The MetroWest Daily News | October 19, 2012 Manufacturing is flourishing in Massachusetts, economist Barry Bluestone said Thursday, but community colleges and vocational schools should do more to prepare students for jobs in those industries. The Northeastern University economist, at a business luncheon in Framingham, lectured on the results of a study he […]

Making it in Massachusetts


Reports of the death of manufacturing here, and across the country, have been greatly exaggerated. There is no going back to our industrial heyday, but a new study says manufacturing has a solid future in Massachusetts. In fact, one of the biggest concerns is a possible shortage of trained workers. By Michael Jonas | Commonwealth Magazine | […]

Column: Manufacturing matters


By Richard Lord | The Salem News | October 4, 2012 Tomorrow is the first national Manufacturing Day, reminding us that the United States still leads the world in production of manufactured goods, and that the manufacturing sector is at the core of our economy. Manufacturing activity is coming back from the recession, and may also be […]

State’s manufacturers are grinding out more good jobs


Sector’s future getting brighter By Lisa Eckelbecker | The Worcester Telegram | September 30, 2o12 Mark Fisher and his eight employees can bend steel to their will. Yet what they’d like at Merchant’s Fabrication Inc., the nine-person business on Elm Street that Mr. Fisher bought in 2009, is a little more attention. “We’d like to have people […]

MetroWest Chamber luncheon to spotlight manufacturing


MetroWest Daily News | September 29, 2012

Professor Barry Bluestone, founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and founding dean of the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, will be the keynote speaker at the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Exec-Connect Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 18. He will report on the state of manufacturing in Massachusetts and highlight the findings of the recently published “Staying Power II: A Report Card on Manufacturing in Massachusetts” produced by Northeastern’s Dukakis Center, and discuss key findings from the study which show that manufacturing remains the sixth largest industry employer in the state. He will also lead a discussion on how to best position the MetroWest region to accommodate the growth in this industry Those who would like to attend the noontime event at the Sheraton Framingham can register at The cost, including buffet lunch, is $25 for pre-registered guests, $30 on the day of the event. For more information, contact Phyllis at 508-879-5600.

Link to original article on Metro Daily West

Illinois company in final stages of bidding to make high-speed rail cars for Amtrak


By Alejandra Cancino | Chicago Tribune | September 28, 2012

A rail manufacturer based in Illinois is in the final rounds of bidding to build 130 high-speed passenger rail cars for use on Amtrak routes in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and California.

The order would total $352.3 million.

The bid was submitted by Sumitomo Corp. of America and Nippon Sharyo U.S.A., which opened a $35 million passenger rail car plant in Rochelle in July.

The Rochelle plant is also making 160 “Highliner” rail cars for Metra Electric line customers in the Chicago area, as well as 12 diesel cars for California’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, 18 cars for Metrolinx in Toronto and eight bilevel passenger cars for the Virginia Railway Express in Alexandria, Va. Read More

A Look at Vocational Education


By John Castelluccio | Peabody Patch | September 17, 2012 Lt. Gov. Tim Murray paid a visit to Peabody last Thursday to tour the vocational programs at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. As chairman of the governor’s STEM Advisory Council (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), Murray pledged to visit every vocational and technical high school in the state. He said Thursday […]

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