Launched in November 2011, the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative works to identify policy interventions that can further support the growth of this cross-cutting sector which touches essentially every region and every industry of the state’s innovation economy and which provided good paying jobs to citizens of every skill and ability.
Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts, a study published In 2008, by the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University documents the profile and trends in this important segment of the Massachusetts economy. It found that, after a long period of decline, manufacturing employment and output in Massachusetts had stabilized and was exhibiting signs of emerging competitive strength.
Shortly after the 2008 release of Staying Power, the nation plunged into a recession that was characterized by steep declines in manufacturing jobs throughout the country. After employment in the Massachusetts manufacturing sector fell sharply in 2009, it rebounded and actually gained 3,000 jobs by February of 2011. An updated understanding of trends in the Commonwealth’s manufacturing sector was deemed essential to informing policy makers, public decision makers and opinion leaders, and in particular the newly launched Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative. In November 2011, Mass Tech’s Board of Directors authorized support for a follow-on report, Staying Power II, in order to establish a new, post-recession baseline set of trends and understandings.
The "Staying Power II" report is a comprehensive look at the current state and future of Massachusetts Manufacturing, based on input from hundreds of manufacturers from across the Commonwealth. The report provides a series of benchmarks to inform the work of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative.
The report validates that the focus areas of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative continue to address key areas of concern and opportunity for manufacturers in Massachusetts: Promoting the Image of Manufacturing; Education and Workforce Development; Technical Assistance and Innovation; Access to Capital. The report illustrates that after a period of job loss in the industry – particularly in the last five years through the nation’s significant recession – the number of jobs is starting to level off. Significantly, through companies adding jobs and replacing an aging workforce, the Dukakis Center estimates as many as 100,000 manufacturing jobs may be available in Massachusetts over the next decade. Additionally, the report found the positions will be good jobs with good wages, with the current average annual salary in the industry over $75,000.