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Manufacturing in Massachusetts Early Results from the Survey of Massachusetts Manufacturers. Don Walsh Barry Bluestone Alan Clayton-Matthews Lauren Nicoll Marc Horne Abby Goldstein. Part I: Characteristics of Manufacturing Firms Demographic Information with an Emphasis on Springfield.

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Manufacturing in Massachusetts

Early Results from the Survey of Massachusetts Manufacturers

Don Walsh

Barry Bluestone

Alan Clayton-Matthews

Lauren Nicoll

Marc Horne

Abby Goldstein

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Part I: Characteristics of

Manufacturing Firms

Demographic Information with an Emphasis on Springfield

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Top Industries in Massachusetts by NAICS Code as found by the Northeastern Manufacturing Study(N=706)
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 20%
  • Misc. Manufacturing 14.6%
  • Printing and Related Support Activities 11%
  • Plastics and Rubber Plastics Manufacturing 7.9%
  • Primary Metal Manufacturing 7.1%
  • Machinery Manufacturing 7.0%
  • Electronic Equipment, Appliance and Component Manufacturing 5.1%
  • Misc. Manufacturing Services 4.9%
  • Wood Product Manufacturing 4.1%
  • Food Manufacturing 4.0%

Question: Which industry sectors best describe your company’s operations in Massachusetts?

industries in springfield ma
Respondents to the Massachusetts Manufacturing Survey

Plastics and Rubber Manufacturing

Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

Misc. Manufacturing Services

Machinery Manufacturing

Misc. Manufacturing

Paper Manufacturing

Primary Metal Manufacturing

All Springfield Firms

Printing

Fabricated Metal Products

Computers and Electronic Products

Misc. Manufacturing

Furniture

Transportation Equipment

Food

Apparel

Paper Manufacturing

Chemicals

Primary Metals

Nonmetallic Mineral Products

Wood Products

Electronic Equipment

Plastics and Rubber

Beverage and Tobacco

Textile Products

Petroleum and Coal Products

Industries in Springfield, MA
top cities for manufacturing in ma all cities sampled
Boston – 532 firms

Worcester – 271

Woburn – 207

Springfield – 153

Waltham – 138

Attleboro – 134

Billerica – 130

Lowell – 129

Fall River – 119

New Bedford - 114

Top Cities for Manufacturing in MA, All Cities Sampled
number of years manufacturers have operated in ma
Number of Years Manufacturers Have Operated in MA

Question: How long has your company had operations in Massachusetts?

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Part II: Labor Force Characteristics of

Massachusetts Manufacturing Firms

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Education Requirements

Question: Approximately what percentage of the jobs in your Massachusetts facility(ies) requires no more than a high school diploma/GED? A bachelor’s degree but no more? A graduate degree/formal education beyond the bachelor’s degree? Specific advanced/technical skills (e.g., skilled craftsman)? 0-25%, 26-50%, 51-75%, 76-100%

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Education Requirements

Question: Approximately what percentage of the jobs in your Massachusetts facility(ies) requires no more than a high school diploma/GED? A bachelor’s degree but no more? A graduate degree/formal education beyond the bachelor’s degree? Specific advanced/technical skills (e.g., skilled craftsman)? 0-25%, 26-50%, 51-75%, 76-100%

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Education Requirements

Question: Approximately what percentage of the jobs in your Massachusetts facility(ies) requires no more than a high school diploma/GED? A bachelor’s degree but no more? A graduate degree/formal education beyond the bachelor’s degree? Specific advanced/technical skills (e.g., skilled craftsman)? 0-25%, 26-50%, 51-75%, 76-100%

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Education Requirements

Question: Approximately what percentage of the jobs in your Massachusetts facility(ies) requires no more than a high school diploma/GED? A bachelor’s degree but no more? A graduate degree/formal education beyond the bachelor’s degree? Specific advanced/technical skills (e.g., skilled craftsman)? 0-25%, 26-50%, 51-75%, 76-100%

wages for manufacturing in ma
Average Hourly Pay for Skilled Workers:

$20.48

Average Hourly Pay for Unskilled Workers:

$12.81

Wages for Manufacturing in MA
lean production methods
Lean Production Methods

Question: To what extent does/do your Massachusetts facility(ies) employ continuous improvement/lean/just-in-time production methods?

supply chains in ma
Supply Chains in MA

A “supply chain” refers to an integrated network of manufacturers who share common production standards, jointly plan work and produce individual parts and components that are ultimately assembled into end products. Based on this definition, is your company’s Massachusetts facility(ies) a member of one or more supply chains?

outsourcing by ma manufacturers
Outsourcing by MA Manufacturers

Most Important Reasons for Outsourcing

  • Need for lower cost supplies, energy, services or parts
  • Need to cut labor costs
  • Other reasons including improving delivery time, reducing the distance to markets and accessing supplies.
changes experienced by ma manufacturers over the past decade
Changes Experienced by MA Manufacturers Over the Past Decade

Factor Mean Factor Mean

Question: To what extend has/have your Massachusetts facility(ies) experienced the following characteristics over the past decade? (1=Not at all, 5=A great deal)

factors important to continued operations in massachusetts
Factors Important to Continued Operations in Massachusetts
  • Reasonable or low taxes and fees
  • Strong work ethic in workforce
  • Inertia (too hard to relocate)
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Timely permitting, licensing and regulatory environment
  • Availability of appropriate and reasonably priced labor

Question: How important is each of the following factors to your decision to continue to operate manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts (1=Not important at all; 5=Extremely important)

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Challenges to Sustaining or Expanding Manufacturing in Massachusetts

Factor Mean Factor Mean

manufacturer perspectives on policy initiatives
Manufacturer Perspectives onPolicy Initiatives

Most Popular Ideas

  • Reduce health insurance costs
  • Reduce cost of Worker’s compensation
  • Reduce cost of unemployment insurance
  • Ensure availability of lower cost energy
  • Encourage business-friendly state government

Question: Below are a number of state or local initiatives that, if implemented, could affect business in Massachusetts. To what extent would each help your company sustain or expand its operations in Massachusetts? (1=Not at all; 5=A great deal)

the future of manufacturing in massachusetts
The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts

Production Levels Over the Next Five Years

Question: What do you expect production levels to be for your company’s Massachusetts facility(ies) over the next five years?

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The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts

Employment Levels Over the Next Five Years

Question: What do you expect employment levels to be for your company’s Massachusetts facility(ies) over the next five years?

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The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts
  • 70.4% of manufacturers in Massachusetts expect to initiate the production of new products over the next five years.
  • 37.2% anticipate that they will need more real estate space over the next 5 years, 53.8% expect to use the same amount of space, and 8.9% expect to use less space.