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Worcester, MA – At the Massachusetts Workforce Board Association Joint Summer Meeting, Ted Bauer, Director Workforce Development Strategies at MassMEP, was appointed to the Association’s Executive Committee. Secretary Ronald Walker, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, was in attendance.
Ted Bauer serves on the Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board(CMWIB) and also chairs the Career Center committee. Mr. Bauer has been involved with the CMWIB for over nine years.
The Massachusetts Workforce Board Association is a business-led organization that represents the members of the 16 Massachusetts regional workforce boards, and provides leadership in developing a collective vision of the workforce development system in the Commonwealth. The Association’s members include employers, representatives of labor, higher education, business and industry. Donald Gillis serves as its Executive Director.
The Massachusetts Workforce Board Association’s mission is to provide Workforce Investment Board members and workforce partners, through their Association representatives, with an independent vehicle to:
Analyze, develop, and promote a collective vision of the workforce development system,
Take initiative in developing recommendations for the design of a user friendly, market driven workforce system,
Share ideas on innovative responses to problems in coordinating the activities of the workforce system,
Discuss and build consensus for responses to initiatives from state agencies,
Develop strategies to increase the support and participation from the business and labor communities in WIB activities,
Take formal unified action on issues of common concern, and
Support and strengthen the development of WIBs’ and their partners’ capacity in each region.
“Ted Bauer brings decades of experience representing Massachusetts’ manufacturers and will be an asset to the Association,” said Stan Usovicz, Association Chair. Added Don Gillis, “Mr. Bauer’s skills will help the Association better respond to the needs of the next generation of manufacturers. We welcome him aboard.”
“MassMEP is honored to be selected for the Massachusetts Workforce Board and to have the opportunity to provide insight to key policy decision makers on the workforce needs of the manufacturing companies in the Commonwealth.” stated John Killam, President of MassMEP.
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.
BOSTON – House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, on Wednesday announced the formation of Baystate Business Link, a new business mentoring program in Western Massachusetts.
DeLeo announced the new initiative — a partnership between the House and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce — in a morning speech to the Chamber of Commerce.
“Baystate Business Link will concentrate on connecting businesses across the state, highlighting B2B (business-to-business) opportunities and encouraging mentorships,” DeLeo said, according to his prepared remarks.
A working group to advance the effort will include former Massachusetts Energy Secretary Rick Sullivan, who is now CEO of the Western Mass Economic Development Council; Scott Bailey, managing director of MassChallenge, an accelerator for start-ups; and Jack Healy from MassMEP, a group that assists Massachusetts manufacturers.
DeLeo said the group will “help weave together untapped potential in Massachusetts.”
DeLeo framed the new initiative as part of an effort by lawmakers to improve the economy outside of Greater Boston. “Let’s leverage our existing successes so that energetic entrepreneurs, promising students and small but worthy businesses outside of Boston are no longer overlooked,” DeLeo said.
Sullivan said the working group will develop a dialogue with Boston-businesses that are looking to grow. For example, businesses looking for a company to do manufacturing, run call centers, provide data functions or fill other parts of their supply chain could find businesses in Western Massachusetts to fulfill some of those roles.
“Our priority is to look to make links between the Boston business community, which is booming, and looking to make connections to western Massachusetts to be able to grow business opportunities for western Mass.,” Sullivan said. “At least give western Massachusetts a look and give us a seat at the business table to make the case as to why investment in western Mass. would be good.”
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As part of a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, MassDevelopment is partnering with the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Smaller Business Association of New England to help Massachusetts defense-related businesses expand into civilian markets. With the OEA funds, the partnership will analyze the Massachusetts-based defense supply chain, help companies commercialize their research products, and expand the efforts of MassDevelopment’s Manufacturing Innovation Centers. The $1.7 million grant builds on $1.4 million that OEA awarded to MassDevelopment in 2015, which the Agency used to assess the Commonwealth’s defense industry and identify opportunities for technology advancement and growth.
“The DOD’s decision to invest in Massachusetts is a win all around –locally and nationally. It will have a considerable impact on the Massachusetts economy, allowing local businesses to grow and adapt to modern technology and needs,”said U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas. “At the same time, it will allow Massachusetts to continue developing the modern technology needed by our servicemembers around the world to stay safe and successful. I commend MassDevelopment for its continued advocacy on behalf of small businesses in Massachusetts and was proud to have joined my colleague Rep. Moulton in strongly supporting them. The success of this grant is another example of the federal government’s recognition of the unique ecosystem we have here in Massachusetts that combines world class academic and research institutions, top-tier military facilities and cutting-edge businesses to form a leading innovation hub in support of our nation’s defense.”
“We look forward to continuing our work with MassMEP and SBANE, two organizations that have led the way in advancing the innovation economy and growing manufacturing jobs,”said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “Portable MRI machines and WiFi on airplanes are just two examples of innovations that Massachusetts companies produced for the defense industry that later became commercial successes. Thanks to this vital federal support, more businesses across the Commonwealth can transform their military goods into civilian ones.”
The first OEA grant awarded funds for MassMEP, through MassDevelopment, to expand its outreach to defense manufacturers and expand its workforce-development efforts. The Worcester-based organization developed an eight-week CNC operator skills training course for the unemployed with Worcester Polytechnic Institute; the grant made it possible to expand that program to University of Massachusetts Lowell. The first class has completed its training with a second class to begin in May. MassMEP and UMass Lowell train the participants in advanced CNC skills. The objective is to prepare the participants for employment at the completion of the training. Past placement of graduates is above 90 percent, at family-sustaining wages and a pathway to a new longer-term career.
“MassMEP is honored to partner with MassDevelopment and SBANE on this grant. MassMEP will receive MRL/TRL training allowing us to provide assistance 10 10 SBIR companies to bring their products to commercialization,”stated John Killam, Center Director. “We will work with the 10 companies to complete a value analysis and provide expert guidance in the development of their manufacturing and commercialization plan to help with their profitable growth in Massachusetts.”
The $1.7 million grant extension covers four tasks:
MassDevelopment will conduct an in-depth analysis of the defense supply chain.
The Agency has tasked MassMEP in collaboration with MassVentures with identifying and selecting 10 Massachusetts companies to participate in a small business innovation research program, which will help them transition inventions to commercial products and services.
SBANE will work with consultants to help Massachusetts defense firms commercialize their technology and products.
MassDevelopment will expand its Manufacturing Innovation Centers program to include 10 defense firms. The Centers, through services and expertise, will help these small- to medium-sized manufacturers grow their businesses.
“MassDevelopment has elevated the high-tech defense sector to the same level as the life science sector of the Massachusetts economy,”said SBANE President Bob Baker. “We’re excited about this grant and partnership and look forward to holding our first session in Fall River in March.”
MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2015, MassDevelopment financed or managed 294 projects generating investment of more than $2.5 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 6,100 jobs and build or rehabilitate about 2,000 residential units.
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.
The Smaller Business Association of New England, Inc. (SBANE), founded in 1938, is a private not-for-profit association of approximately 600 member companies located throughout the six-state region. SBANE was established to provide a legislative voice for small business at the state and federal levels and to make practical information available to help business owners grow their companies. SBANE runs diverse, educational and networking programs each year and has active chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The membership is characterized by a high degree of participation, reflected in a large and dynamic committee structure, addressing a range of topics from international trade to human resources.
Worcester, MA – Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), a leading resource for manufacturing companies in Massachusetts, and UMass Lowell graduated the first class to complete the Advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing training program this month. Part of the Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification, the program’s 12 graduates spent eight weeks in an intensive curriculum of classroom and hands-on work to prepare for jobs as CNC operators. More than half of the graduates had a position upon graduation.
This group of students represents the first graduating class as part of the MassMEP/UMass Lowell Advanced CNC training partnership, which expands the existing MassMEP program that is endorsed by AIM and operated by MassMEP. The new partnership with UMass Lowell enables MassMEP to double its training capacity in advanced CNC technology.
“MassMEP is excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to expand our reach to further develop a skilled workforce in manufacturing,” stated Ted Bauer, Director Workforce Development Strategies. “More than half of the candidates had been placed into a job prior to graduation. The existing program with WPI has an over 90 percent job placement rate and we are excited to see the companies in the Lowell area responding as favorably to our graduates.”
The 280-hour Advanced CNC training program consists of:
· Level 1 – Shop Math, Blueprint Reading, Metrology and Quality Inspection, Work Readiness and Safety;
· Level 2 – Lean Manufacturing, CNC Mill Concepts and Hands-on, CNC Lathe Concepts and Hands-on, Intro to Programming and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing; and
· Level 3 – Advanced CNC Skills including set-up, fixturing, tool selection, quality inspection, CAD/CAM training and OSHA Safety. Included in Level 3 is additional work in resume-writing, interviewing skills, value stream mapping, SPC, and finance for the shop floor.
As part of a MassDevelopment program supported by the Office of Economic Adjustment grant, MassMEP provides the foundation level instructional training to the participants and UMass Lowell provides advanced training in CNC Machine Operations. UMass Lowell invested in CNC machines in its new College of Engineering Makerspace, where the hands-on portion of the program is held.
A unique component of the program is a “speed dating” type of job fair that is conducted with local manufacturers before the conclusion of the class. This class’ job fair was held at New England Die Cutting, where 15 companies conducted a pre-interview with the 12 candidates.
“Through this important partnership, UMass Lowell and MassMEP are working together to assist industry in meeting its needs for skilled workers, to provide valuable training to individuals that will help them advance their careers and to help fuel the Commonwealth’s economy by keeping companies and jobs here,” said Joseph Hartman, dean of UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering. John Mulligan, the lead instructor at UMass Lowell, said that it is impressive how much training can be successfully done during just eight weeks.
UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 17,500 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. http://www.uml.edu
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 https://www.massmep.org
MassMEP Announces Partnership with American Institute for Integrated Photonics to Develop Photonics Ecosystem
October 20, 2015 – Worcester, MA – Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), a leading resource for manufacturing companies in Massachusetts, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the new American Institute for Integrated Photonics (AIM-Photonics), Rochester, NY. The Institute was created to develop an end-to-end photonics ecosystem in the U.S., providing access to domestic foundries, integrated design tools, automated packaging, assembly and test, and workforce development. Institute activities enable universities and small-to-medium enterprises (SME’s) to participate in the photonics revolution.
On July 27, 2015, Vice President Biden announced that the AIM-Photonics Institute won a Department of Defense Award of $110 million dollars. The award is supplemented by more than $500 million in private contributions, representing the largest public-private commitment for any program for Integrated Photonics worldwide.
Using these funds, the AIM-Photonics Institute will bring government, industry, and academia together to organize the currently fragmented U.S. capabilities in integrated photonic technology. This will better position the U.S. relative to global competition. The Institute will also address the lack of an integrated photonics standard platform by establishing one that meets a diverse set of market and product needs. A standardized platform will allow scaling of the technology to multiple markets, and will drive performance, cost, and scaling requirements.
The AIM-Photonics Institute will make design, fabrication and testing of integrated photonics accessible to U.S. companies of all sizes, academia, and government labs. It will also include programs and resources devoted to workforce education and training at all levels including post graduate, college, and technical high schools in order to build an ecosystem which has access to a trained workforce.
“Massachusetts has been positioned as a key partner within the Institute, because of the state’s financial support of the overall mission and the technical expertise that resides in its institutions and manufacturers,” said Jack Healy, President of MassMEP. “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the lead educational partner for the Institute and is coordinating the education and workforce programs for the development of a skilled workforce that will support the growth of the integrated photonics industry.”
Similarly, Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) has been designated as the national community college partner for the Institute to lead in the creation of industry recognizable stackable certificates that create a pathway to 1,2,4, and 6-year certificates or degrees.
“MassMEP will assist QCC in broadening this workforce engagement initiative through the support of QCC’s Innovation Technology Acceleration Center in Southbridge,” stated Healy. “The partnership will help SME’s grow their businesses by connecting them to the services of the AIM-Photonics Institute and to the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation.”
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), a leading resource for manufacturing companies in Massachusetts, has released the MassMEP 2014 Annual Report. The report provides an overview of the results obtained by Massachusetts manufacturers as they work with MassMEP to identify, analyze, and overcome strategic, operational, and workforce challenges that may be blocking their path to growth and success.
“Drawing on a number of proven manufacturing growth methodologies, such as Lean Manufacturing, workforce skills development, innovative design, and product commercialization, we are able to help manufacturers unleash their growth potential, improve infrastructure and product quality, and obtain critical workforce training,” said John Killam, Center Director, MassMEP. “Our goal is to bring together the resources and services needed to deliver positive, measureable, and sustainable growth in manufacturing.”
In 2014, MassMEP’s manufacturing clients have had a significant impact on the economy:
According to Matt Hogan, President of Industrial Packaging, “In the three years Industrial Packaging has been working with MassMEP, we have seen 13% sales growth and created 225 jobs. MassMEP provides a value-added piece that our company would not have grown without.”
The MassMEP 2014 Annual Report highlights many of the year’s programs and special events focused on the manufacturing sector. Early in the year, MassMEP launched a new bilingual training program to communicate essential information in the native language of many employees in manufacturing. This program is headed by Miguel Cuenca, Bilingual LEAN Training Specialist at MassMEP.
Al Wosky, President of Belt Technologies, said, “We did kaizen training focused on waste elimination and reducing our lead time to improve our delivery to customers. One event was on developing work cells and the other on visual scheduling. After the training our team went above and beyond to develop a work cell that helped us increase productivity and efficiency and we were able to deliver a specific job on time, which we had not been able to do in the past. We did this where our margins were substantially higher as well.”
In 2014, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki announced a $747,160 grant to the Massachusetts Advanced Center for Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC) to better align vocational school and community college instruction with industry needs.
As part of the National Manufacturing Day celebration, Representative John Fernandes presented MassMEP with a Senate and House resolution recognizing its work in developing MACWIC and supporting manufacturing in Massachusetts.
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo stated, “I believe that manufacturing will play an integral role in revitalizing communities across the Commonwealth and will further accelerate Massachusetts’ economy. Joined by MassMEP, the Legislature’s efforts provide workforce training and education, link leading innovators with manufacturing companies, and support businesses as they grow and employ more residents.”
Other 2014 highlights include partnering with Siemens to provide critical skills for the manufacturing workforce of the future, co-hosting with WPI a delegation of union presidents from the All Japan Council of Optical Industry Workers Union, and partnering with Greentown Labs and MassDevelopment to work with manufacturing startups to create and commercialize innovative technologies.
The MassMEP 2014 Annual Report is available for download at:
By Jack Healy, Director of Operations, MassMEP email@example.com
“Each regulation is a complex subject because it must be light enough to prevent entrepreneurship from being squashed.”
— Jean Triole, 2014 Nobel Prize Winner for Economics
A 2014 study performed by RTI International examined the barriers to manufacturing growth in North Central Worcester County. The study found that regulatory challenges were impeding growth in close to 80% of the firms surveyed.
The study also found that costs like healthcare mandates, unemployment insurance, environmental regulations are as burdensome in terms of time and money. There was a general consensus among respondents about the amount of administrative overhead required to support such regulations. In the words of one survey respondent:
Regulations themselves (environmental) are not the problem; it’s the bureaucracy that goes along with it. The effort to comply is a heavy burden. You have to pay the state to file reports after you have done the work, thousands of dollars for fees alone. But the US EPA doesn’t charge fees. We must pay consultants who must approve. The fee is not based on production, but the number of employees…even if you don’t pollute. That needs to change. Requirements need to match actual pollution rates.
Such statements are not news for anyone working in manufacturing. Read the full article
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