Many businesses rely on long-tenured managers who gained their supervisory skills through years of “on the job” experience. As this generation retires, the position is typically filled by a promotion of a high performing team member. However, high productivity does not always translate to effective managerial skills. For many people – both the newly promoted person AND the team members, this experience is difficult, draining, and disappointing.
November 5, 2018 – Worcester, MA – MassMEP, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has announced the promotion of Kathie Mahoney to MassMEP Center Director. In this new position, Ms. Mahoney is responsible for leading and developing a team of professional consultants who create economic impact by transforming manufacturing enterprises through operational excellence, workforce development strategies, and innovative growth initiatives. In the past year alone, her team’s work with manufacturers produced a $69.6 million increase in new sales and added 843 new jobs.
As MassMEP Center Director, Ms. Mahoney guides the organization and works closely with the President and its Board of Directors to realize the Center’s goals. Over the course of 20 years, she has built the MassMEP brand to be a recognized and trusted advisor to manufacturers. She possesses a detailed knowledge of manufacturing and has an extensive background in grant management, financial oversight, marketing management, and leadership. Ms. Mahoney holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Assumption College and a Master’s of Science in Professional Communication from Clark University. She is also a Graduate of the NIST Emerging Leaders Program.
“MassMEP has a huge impact on the manufacturing ecosystem and I look forward to continuing the impressive growth and impact of the organization,” said Mahoney. “I believe the impact of MassMEP on its clients through top-line and bottom line results is a powerful driver of continuous improvement within the Massachusetts manufacturing ecosystem.”
John Killam, President of MassMEP stated, “We are very excited to have Kathie take on the role of Center Director for MassMEP. She brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy, leadership, and understanding of the challenges of manufacturing in Massachusetts. Her operational skill will help us continue to expand MassMEP and the work it does to strengthen Massachusetts manufacturers.”
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), part of the NIST MEP National Network, is a leading resource for manufacturing companies that believes in cultivating a community built on support, idea sharing, and achievement. MassMEP creates economic impact by transforming manufacturing enterprises and the manufacturing ecosystem. This is achieved through the delivery of operational excellence programs, workforce development strategies, and innovative growth initiatives, and enhanced by strategic public/private relationships. For more information, visit
MassMEP Presents Manufacturing Leadership Award to North Easton Machine Company
Worcester, MA – MassMEP, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is pleased to present the 2nd annual Jack Healy Manufacturing Leadership Award to North Easton Machine Company, Inc. North Easton is being recognized for their dedication to training and for building a skilled workforce.
“MassMEP is honored to recognize North Easton Machine for their dedication to advancing manufacturing in Massachusetts and for their workforce,” stated John Killam, President, MassMEP. “Their consistent emphasis on training programs for their employees has led them to a leadership position in Massachusetts for on-site workforce development. As a result, the quality of their product is world-class.”
The Manufacturing Leadership Award is in honor of MassMEP’s founding president, Jack Healy. Jack embodied the essence of manufacturing and best practices. His long career in manufacturing oversaw the expansion of several manufacturing companies and he was instrumental in promoting the importance of manufacturing to the Massachusetts economy.
“We are thrilled to receive the Jack Healy Manufacturing Leadership Award,” said Paula Martel, HR Manager, North Easton Machine Company. “We believe that to achieve workforce growth, we must employ a multi-pronged approach. We must find qualified trainees, upskill entry level staff, and grow our leaders. MassMEP is a vital partner providing programs that aid our employees in maximizing their individual potential and enhancing the overall success of our team.”
North Easton Machine Company was founded in 1964 by Donald Holbrook. Holbrook purchased his first Brown & Sharpe cam screw machines from his former employer, Easton Machine Products, when the two partners split and auctioned off the assets of the business. He set up shop in one bay of his two car garage at his home in North Easton, Massachusetts, and North Easton Machine Company was born. Working full time for Machine Craft in Whitman, Massachusetts, he ran his own machines after work until midnight most nights. His wife Marie would order material, tools, and accept deliveries during the day to support his nightly production. Donald eventually left his job and dedicated himself to the business full-time. The business expanded several times over the years to its current 15,000 square foot facility. Over the last 54 years North Easton Machine has evolved into a state of the art CNC turning and milling company. Currently run by Donald’s son, Jon Holbrook, the business has been supported by family members spanning four generations.
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), part of the national NIST MEP system, is a leading resource for manufacturers. Committed to success in manufacturing, MassMEP transforms companies through solutions focused on innovative growth, operational excellence, and workforce development. The organization cultivates a sustainable community built on supportive relationships, idea sharing, achievement, and next generation manufacturing. For more information, visit www.massmep.org.
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