Manufacturing

Manufacturing 2018-08-31T14:36:44+00:00

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board recognizes the huge potential for manufacturing in our region. We’re working to help area employers identify training and education gaps so we can connect local potential employees with the skills they need to succeed in this exciting field.

We also are working to insure that advanced manufacturing opportunities are given to local candidates. You can read more about the advanced manufacturing sector here.

Key Businesses 

  • Millitech  

  • Valley Steel Stamp  

  • L.S. Starrett   

  • Yankee Candle  

  • Sisson Engineering  

  • Kollmorgen  

  • Pelican Products  

  • Argotec  

  • Coca-Cola  

  • Judd Wire

  • Berry Plastics  

  • Packaging Corp of America  

  • Rodney Hunt 

Key Partners

  • ABE / ESOL Partners

  • High school guidance counselors for links to non-college-bound seniors

  • FC Community Development Corp.

  • Rapid Response Manufacturers

Talent Gaps 

  • CNC Machinists

  • Quality Inspectors

  • Engineers – Mechanical, Electrical, Applied, and Industrial

  • Extruder Operators

  • Welders

Requirements Sought

  • Strong work ethic / Trainable

  • Math Skills

  • CNC operations / Programming

  • Metrology & Geometrics

  • QA processor

Past & Current Accomplishments 

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board is proud of the work we’ve done to increase access to training programs for a variety of manufacturing employment opportunities in our region:

  • BayStateWorks: 4 manufacturers; training in CNC, PLCs, lean manufacturing, blueprint reading, CAD, Supervisory Skills, Spanish for Superivisors; training via GCC, STCC, MassMEP; substantial incumbent worker training needs addressed; identification of pipeline issues

  • Mid– Mass STEM Pathways Initiative: Three Year DOL grant to increase STEM talent resulting in 158 participants, 10 Degrees, 78 Certificates, two new internship efforts at GCC/ FHCC and 89 jobs, 37 of which were in manufacturing.

  • Mass MEP Mobile Outreach Skills Training (MOST): recruitment, readiness, and vestibule training in mobile unit leading to job placement; MassMEP, and Career Center; dozens completing training placed in jobs; on-going.

  • Manufacturing Skills Initiative (MSI): A three year effort to build a lasting adult training center for Precision CNC Machining in collaboration with the GCC’s Workforce Development office, MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center and Franklin County Tech School. A 220 hour/13.5 week training taught by FCTS teachers and industry practitioners to prepare 48 under and unemployed adults for entry level precision machining jobs. 14 employers are already committed to hiring graduates

New & Potential Strategies 

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board is proud of the work we’ve done to increase access to training programs for a variety of manufacturing employment opportunities in our region:

  • Expand MSMI program to include Manufacturing Foundations program that addresses entry-level needs of employers other than precision-machining. 

  • Add college certificate programming for advancement potential

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