Manufacturing Not What it Used to Be


Sentinel & Enterprise, Posted: 10/04/2014 10:05:42 AM EDT

By: Jon Bishop

DEVENS — When many people think about manufacturing, they imagine a Dickensian nightmare: belching smokestacks, haggard workers holding lunch pails, dirty environments. And so they stay away and encourage others to do the same.

But they’d be wrong.

Which is why Devens joined the rest of the country in celebrating Manufacturing Day, a day that began in 2012 and is devoted to defeating misconceptions about the industry, on Friday. It celebrated a local trade show at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 59 Andrews Parkway.

According to Kelsey Abbruzzese, communications director at MassDevelopment, the day allows students to find out “what it’s really like out there.” This is the first time Devens has held such an event, she said.

“Devens has a terrific manufacturing community,” she said. “They really responded.”

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