For Immediate Release - January 31, 2014

Secretary Bialecki Visits Detector Technology

Recognizing the Commonwealth’s growing advanced manufacturing sector

PALMER – Friday, January 31, 2014 – Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki joined local officials today in celebrating the growth of the advanced manufacturing industry during a visit and tour of Detector Technology, Inc. in Palmer.

"With the success of companies throughout the Commonwealth, including Detector Technology, Massachusetts is leading the nation in growing a 21st century advanced manufacturing sector,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki. “We remain committed to supporting growth of the manufacturing sector in each region of the Commonwealth.”

Specialized in channel electron multipliers, glass extrusion and fabrication, and motion control products, Detector Technology is a world-class leader in the manufacturing of products and systems for original equipment manufacturers. The company, which currently has 56 full-time employees, was awarded an $112,000 Workforce Training Grant in November 2013 for lean manufacturing training for its employees.

“We are excited to have Secretary Bialecki and his team out to Detector Technology, Inc. as we feel it is important for him to understand our vision for growth and innovation, and we look forward to hearing how he could assist in any way in reaching these goals,” said Detector Technology President and CEO Jay Ray.

“Detective Technology’s outstanding innovation and competitive drive is a key to the growth of the advanced manufacturing industry here in Massachusetts,” said Senator Stephen M. Brewer.  “Investing in the Commonwealth’s workforce not only means the creation of an educated and highly-skilled workforce, it also means sustainable employment for our great state.”

“It is wonderful to see how the advanced manufacturing industry is growing right here in Palmer,” said Representative Todd Smola. “I look forward to seeing all that Detector Technology, Inc. is able to achieve as it continues to be a leader in the industry.”

The Patrick Administration is committed to supporting the growth of advanced manufacturing in Massachusetts, an industry that is expected to fill 100,000 jobs in the next decade and offers careers in a sector with an average annual salary of $75,000. In 2011, Governor Patrick created the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, a group comprised of leaders from industry, academia and government working together to enhance the competitiveness of Massachusetts manufacturing in 2011. Most recently, the Administration announced four awards totaling more than $1.3 million to support regional programs to train unemployed and underemployed individuals, including veterans, for careers in the state’s advanced manufacturing industry.

In November, in recognition of National Manufacturing Day, Governor Patrick announced the MIT-Community College Pilot Project, where the state’s community colleges and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are partnering to develop and implement state-of-the-art online learning and training resources to allow the Commonwealth’s community colleges to reach more students and expand lab space for hands-on teaching, an essential component of manufacturing training. By connecting MIT’s strength in online learning, simulation and gaming technology with the hands-on classroom instruction at community colleges, the Project will transform how manufacturing education is delivered and enhance and expand the state’s ability to train students from high school through college for advanced manufacturing careers. In addition, Governor Patrick announced the second round of funding under the AMP it Up! program, which works to increase awareness among young adults and their families on the opportunities for good jobs and careers in manufacturing.

These latest announcements build on the record investments in workforce training and education made by the Administration in recent years, including the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnership Academy, a first-in-the-nation program designed to meet the manufacturing industry’s future workforce needs. The Academy will provide hands-on learning opportunities, and tool and peer-education to regional leaders, helping eliminate one of the industry’s chief concerns of finding well-trained employees to fill available jobs in manufacturing. Through the EDIP, the Administration has approved 175 projects, leading to the creation of 12,666 new jobs, the retention of 38,901 jobs, and the leveraging of $4.6 billion in private investment since 2009. During this time, 97 manufacturers received assistance through the program to help expand their business in Massachusetts.

The Patrick Administration has developed and implemented a comprehensive economic strategy that builds on public-private collaborations to spur economic development and provide economic opportunity to all. The plan includes five strategic goals, and 55 action steps to help us successfully advance each goal, including work to support and grow the advanced manufacturing sector.  

For more on the Plan, please visit www.mass.gov/compete. For more on the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and its work to support the manufacturing industry and workforce, visit www.mass.gov/hed/manufacturing.

 

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