After decades of losing fac­tory and assembly line jobs, man­u­fac­turing is poised for a promising future in Mass­a­chu­setts, thanks to cor­po­rate invest­ments in cutting-​​edge tech­nolo­gies and skilled workers who are churning out high-​​end prod­ucts faster and cheaper than ever here, a new study says.

Barry Blue­stone, the lead researcher on the study and director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Studies at North­eastern, said he wasn’t expecting to find man­u­fac­turing in such good shape, con­sid­ering its his­tor­ical down­ward trend and the severity of the recent recession.

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