Friends of Manufacturing

EDITORIAL: Worcester manufacturing a sector for the new millennium

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Gov. Charles D. Baker Jr.'s signature on Friday on legislation authorizing the transfer of state land on Belmont Hill, just up from the Massachusetts Biotech Research Park, has put Worcester on track for launching a new manufacturing sector that promises to bring up to 500 quality jobs and more to the city even as it expands the area's biomedical portfolio.

Success has many parents and the list is long and shows an impressive commitment on local and state levels in an auspicious merger of two threads. The first was the vision for seeing an opportunity to serve a burgeoning biomedical industry in the Boston area, and the second was the Baker/Polito administration's Open for Business initiative for transferring underused state property for economic development and other purposes.

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