Central Mass. National Manufacturing Day 2016 Calendar of Events


Manufacturing Roundtable – Area Educators Networking Event (free, invitation only) will be held on October 27 from 4-7 p.m. The panel discussion and networking session is designed to engage member manufacturers with the administrators and guidance counselors of schools in the region. This program will help promote manufacturing in the region and help better inform school personnel in the region regarding the opportunities that exist in a manufacturing career. The event is being held at Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Norton Hall, 1 New Bond St. in Worcester.

Design it, Make it, Ship it Panel Discussion at Game Changers Business Conference
Friday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mechanics Hall, 331 Main St. in Worcester
Moderated by Bowditch & Dewey Partner Bob Cox, panelists Steve Goodman, founding partner of GFI Partners and Steve Rothschild, CEO of Applied Interactive, will discuss Worcester’s transformation from making wire cables, textiles, and a variety of other goods to manufacturing tools used in space exploration, biotech research, and more in a session titled “Design It, Make It, Ship It”. Pre-register at http://centralmassbusinessexpo.com

October 4, 2016 – October 5, 2016
50 Foster St
Worcester, MA 01608

October 4, 2016
Invitation-Only Event
100 Grove St
Worcester, MA 01605

October 14, 2016 12:30pm
27 Andrews Pkwy
Devens, MA 01434

Facility Tour / Presentation
October 2, 2016 10:00am – 1:00pm
670 Boylston St
Worcester, MA 01653


OCTOBER 7: The placement of 2-3 high school seniors and juniors at each participating small local manufacturer for an intensive one-day exposure to manufacturing, with a focus on the entry level jobs available and the skills required to be hired for those jobs. It is anticipated that 6-8 small manufacturers will be participating in this program.

OCTOBER 22: BVEF will again co-sponsor the popular Blackstone Valley S.T.E.M. Conference along with Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Middle school students and teachers from ten school districts are planning to attend the full-day learning experience on the Tufts University campus in Grafton. Some of the recent manufacturers to participate include Raytheon, EMC, Intel, and Microsoft. This year’s participants will be confirmed by September.

OCTOBER: Shuttling 10 students and two teachers each Wednesday, beginning next week, on the 12th, 19th and 26th from 8:30 AM to 2PM, to three manufacturers in the Blackstone Valley for tours to introduce them to careers in the manufacturing field. Participating Manufacturers include: Lampin Corp, Package Steel Systems, Interstate Specialty Products and Wyman-Gordon Company in North Grafton. Participating High Schools include Uxbridge, Milford and Blackstone-Millville Regional.

OCTOBER 18 & 27: Middle school student program will happen with 42 students and three teachers from participating BV middle schools on October 18th to Waters Corporation in Milford and again on October 27th to St. Gobain in Northborough. All of these tours include lunch with wrap up sessions, Q&A and facts about careers in manufacturing from Department heads with the participating partners.


Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) Celebrates Manufacturing:

Saturday, October 1, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Jacob Edwards Library, Pioppi Room, Southbridge MA

Saturday, October 22, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Charles Larned Memorial Library, Oxford MA

Join QCC faculty and staff for interactive STEM demonstrations, get hands-on with QCC’s technology sandbox, watch video shorts, and learn more about manufacturing, QCC’s Fab Lab, the Maker Movement and STEM-expansion in Southern Worcester County.

Tours at four South County manufacturers:

Note – all tours require advanced registration to participate. If you are interested in attending one or more tour, please call the Chamber of Central Mass South, M-F between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at 508-347-2761. Space is limited, and reservations are available on a first come, first served basis. Call today! 

Incom, 294 Southbridge Rd., Southbridge MA – October 13, 2016 from 6:00-7:00 PM and October 20, 2016 from 6:00-7:00 PM


Manufactures rigid, fused fiber optics for applications in scientific, medical and defense applications.

OFS, 50 Hall Rd., Sturbridge MA – October 24, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 PM


Manufacturers of flexible, multimode optical fiber with telecommunications and big data applications. OFS is currently hiring!

Schott Lighting & Imaging of North America, 122 Charlton Rd., Southbridge MA – October 25, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 PM


Develops, manufactures and distributes optical fiber components for application in automotive, aviation, medical, industrial and defense applications.

Karl Storz Endovision Inc., 91 Carpenter Hill Rd., Charlton MA – October 25, 2016 from 6:00-7:00 PM


Manufacturers of endoscopes for medical, veterinary and industrial applications.

Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School – Machine Shop Ribbon Cutting & Maker Demonstration – October 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Official ribbon cutting and maker demonstration of new, state of the art equipment and training capabilities for the manufacturing sector. Bay Path’s Machine Shop just installed nearly $500,000 in new equipment including high performance Laser Cutters/Engravers, an Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM), Optical Coordinated Measuring Machine, Precision Lathes and Vertical Milling Machines.