First National Manufacturing Day Highlights Industry’s Growth In Massachusetts

October 5, 2012

HOLLISTON – In observance of the first National Manufacturing Day, State Representative Carolyn Dykema applauded nationwide and local efforts to recognize the critical impact that manufacturing has on the economy, especially here in Massachusetts.

“Most manufacturing companies in Massachusetts are small, often family-owned businesses,” said Representative Dykema, “and it is imperative that we keep this critical industry strong in the Commonwealth.” According to Northeastern Professor Barry Bluestone’s recent report, “Staying Power II: A Report Card on Manufacturing in Massachusetts,” with “the increase in labor costs in foreign markets (e.g. China) and continued high transportation costs,” manufacturing as an economic sector is poised to grow again in the United States.

As State Representative, Dykema has visited small businesses of all kinds, including local manufacturing companies. One such organization was RYPOS Inc., a leading technology provider focusing on clean air and intelligent emissions-reduction solutions based in Holliston. Manufacturing in America is trending towards emerging technology and requiring skilled workers, though not necessarily those with college degrees, as mentioned by Richard Lord in a column for the Salem News. “As an industry, manufacturing offers substantial economic growth for the middle class,” said Representative Dykema, “which is imperative to creating a stronger economy.”

State Representative Dykema represents the 8th Middlesex District which includes Hopkinton, Holliston, and precincts in Southborough, Westborough and Medway. Further information about her vision and record can be found on her campaign website at