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Archived: Bay State Manufacturers to Share Strategies for Success

Posted on June 5, 2013

Nypro of Clinton and Custom Group of Woburn have created in-house programs to develop manufacturing skills ” and opened them to other employers. Smaller firms like C&G Machine Tool of Granby also succeed by developing the skills of their employees.

ManufacturingAll of these companies and many others will their experiences in workforce development at the first statewide Advanced Manufacturing Summit on Thursday, June 20 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Airxchange of Rockland, with more than 30 years of experience manufacturing energy recovery ventilation components, knows about energy management. From different perspectives, so do Barrett Distribution, with a new $2 million photovoltaic system in its Franklin warehousing facility, and Blount Fine Food of Fall River, whose premium refrigerated and frozen products depend on reliable power at competitive cost. These AIM members will also be at Gillette Stadium.

Health Enterprises of North Attleboro hardly ranks among the major global pharmaceutical companies ” yet it exports its innovative consumer healthcare products to more than 50 countries on six continents. How do they do it? They’ll explain.

“Advanced manufacturing” is more than a buzzword ” it’s a reality, with many aspects. The all-day event on June 20, presented by the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and sponsored by MassDevelopment, will bring together hundreds of executives and managers from the manufacturing industry to share best practices, network, and discuss future opportunities and challenges.

The Summit will offer panels of large manufacturers focused on key customer groups ” aeronautics, defense, life sciences, energy, electronics, industrial, and early-stage. Featured speakers include Governor Deval Patrick; Martin Meehan, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell; Timothy Murray, President of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce; and Martin Schmidt, Professor and Associate Provost at MIT, reporting on the forthcoming report on Production in the Innovation Economy.

The Summit runs from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a networking reception. The registration fee is $50, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Further information and online registration is available at