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Kathie Mahoney, MassMEP, kathiem@massmep.org,
Shari Worthington, PR Counsel, Telesian Technology,

Regional Manufacturing Study to Examine Barriers to Growth and Innovation in the Montachusett Region

October 14, 2013 – Worcester, Massachusetts -- The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), RTI, and MassDevelopment announced today their collaboration to conduct a regional manufacturing study in the Montachusett region of north central Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts, manufacturing is the number one contributor to gross state product and accounts for 19.4% of all jobs in the north central region (vs. 10% statewide average). According to Jack Healy, Director of Operations at MassMEP, "The continuing resurgence of the manufacturing sector will depend on a focused and collaborative approach between the private, public, and education stakeholders within regional frameworks."

RTI, a non-profit research institute, will conduct leading edge research in emerging markets and technologies to move high-impact technologies from the bench toward commercial practice. 

The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) and MassDevelopment have pledged significant resources to facilitate outreach to area manufacturers and to connect them to needed services. "With 87% of the Montachusett region's manufacturers employing less than 20 people, there is a real need to support and develop manufacturers that can successfully navigate a global economy," said Marty Jones, MassDevelopment's President and CEO. "We are pleased to have such a respected research institute working with us to provide a manufacturing roadmap that can be applied in the North Central and other regions across the state."

This project will be funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Opportunities Grant (RBOG) and focus on the barriers to growth facing small and medium sized manufacturers.

About RTI International
RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. RTI's expertise includes 46 years of experience in market research and technology commercialization through work with NASA and private clients. They have knowledge of SME manufacturing through a relationship with NIST MEP and Centers, delivering technology acceleration services. For more information, visit www.rti.org

About MassDevelopment
MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2012, MassDevelopment financed or managed 280 projects generating investment of more than $2.3 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 12,000 jobs and build or rehabilitate 900 residential units. For more information, visit www.massdevelopment.com

About MassMEP
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides services that help manufacturers transform and grow their organizations. From workforce strategies to lean training to supply chain management, MassMEP delivers positive, measurable, and sustainable impact on a company's top and bottom lines. Key programs include Innovation for Growth, Workforce Strategies, Systemic Continuous Improvement, and Value Opportunity Profile. For more information, visit www.massmep.org.

For further information contact:
Kathie Mahoney
MassMEP
100 Grove St.
Worcester, MA 01605
Tel: 508-831-7020
E-mail: kathiem@massmep.org
Web: http://www.massmep.org

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