October Leads Awareness of Manufacturing in North Central Massachusetts

Chamber to spotlight manufacturers with special events

 With the largest concentration of manufacturers in Massachusetts, North Central Massachusetts is no stranger to the importance of careers in advanced manufacturing. Throughout October, as part of national manufacturing month, the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation will host several events and programs to promote manufacturing and highlight the importance of the industry to the economy of the region.

“Manufacturing is alive and well in North Central Massachusetts,” said Roy Nascimento, president and CEO of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. “Promoting and supporting this critical industry is important to ensuring employers and jobs remain in Massachusetts.”


The region’s 445 manufacturing firms account for one fourth of the jobs in the region.  Companies range from the world class plastics industry cluster of more than 140 companies to pharmaceuticals to photonics and paper, as well as biomedical devices. Manufacturers today are some of the most well-paid, highly trained and in demand employees in the workforce, working on advanced equipment and technology.  Supporting careers in advanced manufacturing and serving as fierce advocates for local manufacturers are a priority for the Chamber.


Friday, October 6, 2017


9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Manufacturing Tour: BJA Magnetics

17 Moore Street, Leominster, MA

Tour with U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, economic development officials and students from the Leominster Public School System.


11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – North Central Congressional Luncheon*

Great Wolf Lodge New England, 150 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg, MA

Luncheon program with U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern and Niki Tsongas.

*Open to the public. Pre-registration Required


Wednesday, October 11, 2017


9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – North Central Massachusetts International Economic Development Tour

Bus tour organized in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment for diplomats and business representatives involved in the New England Consular Corps. The tour will visit and tour several local manufacturers in the region and showcase the region’s advanced manufacturing, high quality workforce, quality of life and opportunities in North Central Massachusetts.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017


5:30pm to 7:30pm – Experience North Central Event: Moon Hill Brewing*

74 Parker St, Gardner, MA
Special experiential networking event sponsored by the Chamber and the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association to showcase local businesses. The October 18th event showcases Moon Hill Brewing, a new craft beer manufacturer located in Gardner, MA.

*Open to the public. Pre-registration Required


Friday, October 20, 2017


11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Manufacturing Tour: Advanced Cable Ties, Inc.

245 Suffolk Lane, Gardner, MA

Tour and media event with North Central Massachusetts Legislative Delegation to highlight legislation to eliminate the manufacturing inventory tax.


Thursday, October 26, 2017


Little Leaf Farm

105 Walker Road, Devens, MA

Tour of Little leaf farms with students from the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg/Leominster.  Little Leaf Farms is the most technologically advanced, lettuce growing greenhouse in the world.


Please visit www.northcentralmass.com for more information on these events or contact Maria McCaffrey at mmccaffrey@northcentralmass.com.