State offi­cials and industry leaders today will hold the first meeting of the Advanced Man­u­fac­turing Col­lab­o­ra­tive to draw atten­tion to a sector whose work force is aging and pro­jected to have 100,000 job open­ings over the next decade.

While some ana­lysts have pre­dicted the decline of industry as a major eco­nomic player, man­u­fac­turing is Mass­a­chu­setts’ fifth-​​largest pri­vate sector, accounting for some 7,500 com­pa­nies and 250,000 jobs, said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor Barry Blue­stone, who serves on the collaborative’s board.

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