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North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce hosts manufacturing bus tour

  • The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a...

    The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a manufacturing tour in order to highlight a number of local organizations as well as the importance of the manufacturing industry in the area. Stops on the Oct. 19 tour included Solvus Global in Leominster, Burkart Flutes and Piccolos in Shirley as well as Jabil Healthcare and the Mount Wachusett Community College Manufacturing Center in Devens. (Photo Courtesy of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce)

  • The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a...

    The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a manufacturing tour in order to highlight a number of local organizations as well as the importance of the manufacturing industry in the area. Stops on the Oct. 19 tour included Solvus Global in Leominster, Burkart Flutes and Piccolos in Shirley as well as Jabil Healthcare and the Mount Wachusett Community College Manufacturing Center in Devens. (Photo Courtesy of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce)

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LEOMINSTER — As part of National Manufacturing Month, the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a manufacturing tour, highlighting a number of local businesses.

Organized in conjunction with its economic development arm, the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, and part of the NCMCC’s Education Compact Initiative, the Oct. 19 tour served as an opportunity to learn about the importance of manufacturing in the region. The tour included stops at Solvus Global in Leominster, Burkart Flutes and Piccolos in Shirley, as well as Jabil Healthcare and the Mount Wachusett Community College Manufacturing Center in Devens.

Later, in a press release, NCMCC President and CEO Roy Nascimento reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to local manufacturing as he noted that a “need for more young workers” and a “skills gap” exists in the workforce. MassHire North Central Workforce Board Executive Director Jeffrey Roberge thanked Nascimento and the NCMCC for their support.

“The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation remain committed to supporting and growing this critical sector of the region’s economy,” Nascimento said. “Manufacturers are some of the most well-paid, highly trained and in-demand employees in the workforce, yet despite competitive wages and training, they are still challenged with recruiting the workers they need.”

“Manufacturing continues to be a priority industry in North Central Massachusetts,” Roberge said. “Many thanks to the North Central Chamber for hosting this important event as it brings together our legislators, educators and employers to learn more about this vital sector.”

Like Roberge, MWCC President James Vander Hooven praised the NCMCC for its dedication to manufacturing in the region and reaffirmed the university’s support of the industry.

“This tour proves how the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce commits itself to advanced manufacturing in the region,” Vander Hooven said. “Mount Wachusett Community College remains dedicated to providing educational training opportunities to meet the growing needs of local business and industry.”

The tour also included a presentation by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Donahue Institute Project Manager Branner Stewart, which highlighted the results of a recent workforce study commissioned by the NCMCC. The North Central region boasts the largest concentration of manufacturing in the state, with one-third of all private wages in the region paid from manufacturing jobs.

For more information on the manufacturing bus tour, the NCMCC or the Education Compact Initiative, contact the NCMCC at 978-353-7600.

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