In an economy where, as the government shutdown proves, nothing is guaranteed, a little job security can go a long way. State officials in Massachusetts think that job security can be found in manufacturing. The governor toured the Crane Stationery Company in North Adams Friday and announced two initiatives to promote manufacturing in the Commonwealth. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has the details.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Manufacturing in Massachusetts is far from a dying industry.
"No, it is up. It is coming back. And we're so excited," said Key Fujimura Valdes, Director of Continuous Improvement at Crane Stationery.
Crane Stationary Company has doubled its capacity over the past few months. They acquired William Arthur Stationary Company in Maine last year and since then, they've had to hire more workers.
With manufacturing seemingly on the rise…
"We have 7,500 manufacturing companies now, a quarter million people working, in manufacturing, the average wage is high," said Governor Deval Patrick.
…The need for skilled workers has never been greater.
"It's not yesterday's manufacturing. It's precision, it's advanced manufacturing," said Patrick.
Governor Deval Patrick announced two new manufacturing initiatives Friday, one being a partnership between eight community colleges and MIT. MIT would offer multiple resources, including gaming technology and simulations that college faculty can take advantage of.
"The idea is to work closely with college faculty to see where the influence of these technologies can improve learning," said Dr. Vijay Kumar, the dean of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mass Development is also handing out $100,000 worth of grant money through the AMP IT Up! Campaign. The goal of the program is to draw more students to pursue advanced manufacturing.
"In the end, what is the difference for your competitor? It is the capability of your people," said Valdes.
State officials expect the manufacturing industry to fill 100,000 jobs over the next decade.