For Immediate Release - February 28, 2014

Secretary Bialecki Tours Five Star Surgical

NEW BEDFORD – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki today joined Dave Cabral, co-founder and Director of Business Development of Five Star Surgical, for a tour of the facility in New Bedford.

The tour served as an opportunity to highlight the company’s recent improvements and their efforts to train new and incumbent workers on LEAN processes using grants from the state’s Workforce Training Fund. LEAN processes aim to reduce waste in manufacturing through their work habits, organization, processes, production and more.

“With the success of companies throughout the Commonwealth, including Five Star Surgical, Massachusetts is leading the nation in growing a 21st century advanced manufacturing sector,” said Secretary Bialecki. “We remain committed to supporting this vital industry and ensuring a strong manufacturing workforce for our future.”

Following the tour, Secretary Bialecki participated in a roundtable discussion with the Southeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortia, comprised of workforce, education and employer partners to highlight the Administration’s efforts to identify and support regional manufacturing partnerships and future plans, including an update on the current Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund and Workforce Training Fund Program Grants.  

In December, Secretary Bialecki 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. The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, which was in attendance today, was one of the recipients, receiving $330,000 to help expand sustainable relationships with local manufacturers to facilitate a strong and effective training and employment outcome for local residents looking to work in the industry.

“We welcome Secretary Bialecki and thank him for awarding this grant to the 5 WIBs in the Southeast Region,” said Peter Muise, Chairman of the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board. “The grant provides funds to help create awareness to advanced manufacturing facilities of the many resources available through various state agencies to support employee growth within their companies, improve efficiencies and increase their competitiveness in world-wide markets. By doing so, the ultimate goal is to build upon the existing Southeastern Massachusetts Collaborative by adding 50 new companies to its existing membership.”

This meeting is one in a series taking place at manufacturing sites across the Commonwealth to discuss regional manufacturing partnerships. These partnerships are led by workforce, education and business leaders who are working together to train entry level workers to increase the talent pipeline and training incumbent workers as part of succession planning for hundreds of manufacturers across the state.

To learn more about the Administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and the work it is doing to support the industry, click here.