Resources for Manufacturers

Associated Industries of Massachusetts


Established in 1915, Associated Industries of Massachusetts is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan association of Massachusetts employers. A.I.M.'s mission is to promote the well-being of its members and their employees and the prosperity of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by:
  • Improving the economic climate of Massachusetts
  • Proactively advocating fair and equitable public policy
  • Providing relevant, reliable information and excellent services

Contact AIM Representative


Dawn Creighton, Regional Membership Director, Western Massachusetts
1441 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: (413) 233-9850   Email: dcreighton@aimnet.org


Massachusetts Manufacturing Advancement Center


The Manufacturing Advancement Center (MAC) is a non-profit organization founded to increase the competitiveness of small manufacturers. MAC helps small manufacturers with programs and services such as hands-on training in lean manufacturing, creating partnerships for technology transfer, developing strategic plans, business and manufacturing development seminars, and a newsletter for manufacturers.

Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership


The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) is a non-profit service available to manufacturers to improve efficiency, achieve profitable growth, and successfully compete in the global marketplace. MassMEP will help you evaluate needs, problems and customized solutions. 

Part of a nationwide network of MEP centers in all 50 states, linked together through the Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), MassMEP enables even the smallest firms in Massachusetts to have easy access to more than 2,000 manufacturing, technical, and business specialists, along with the latest technology and industry best practices. 

Services


  • Business Planning and Enterprise Development
  • Innovation and Product Development
  • Supply Chain Management and Collaboration
  • Lean Manufacturing and Process Improvement
  • Quality Improvement Assurance
  • Information Technology Management
  • Management and Workforce Training
  • Global Engagement and International Business Development
  • Sustainability Assessments / Improvements

Western Massachusetts


Susan Janus, Regional Manager, Western Massachusetts
Phone: 508-965-8768


New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center


The New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NETAAC) provides grants (from the U.S. Department of Commerce) to companies experiencing import competition. NETAAC helps companies become certified as eligible (100% success rate). NETAAC prepares an in-depth diagnostic analysis and an adjustment plan. Approved companies are then eligible to receive a mini-grant ($30,000) or a full grant ($100,000) to hire private consultants to provide customized assistance with a wide range of business adjustment needs. Manufacturers (including software companies that create a product) are potentially eligible.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)


The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States.  NAM offers national level advocacy for manufacturers, offers data and research reporting on manufacturing issues and lobbies for specific issues affecting manufacturers.