CHICOPEE — On Friday, Senator Eric P. Lesser and Representative Joseph F. Wagner toured manufacturers in Chicopee to learn about business opportunities available to the local companies.
They stopped first at Cardinal Health Facility, a manufacturer of biomedical devices, and then visited MicroTek-Cables, a manufacturer of custom-made cables.
“Our region continues to have a competitive advantage in high-tech manufacturing, and it’s always good to see up close and personal the companies and people that make that happen. These visits allow me to hear directly from workers and company owners what kinds of policies help them do their jobs and keep those jobs here in Western Massachusetts,” said Senator Lesser.
“I thank Cardinal Health and MicroTek-Cables for taking the time to host insightful tours. These visits provide unique opportunities to see cutting-edge technologies and our talented workforce in action. The Pioneer Valley has a strong tradition in manufacturing and it continues today through advanced manufacturing. Providing the industry with the rights tools through workforce training and targeted resources remains a high priority for me in the Massachusetts Legislature,” said Representative Wagner.
The CRRC railcar plant in East Springfield has shown interest in contracting MicroTek-Cables, which employs about 130 workers including many with intellectual disabilities, a sign of the opportunities available to local companies when a larger manufacturer moves into the area.
Senator Lesser and Representative Wagner are the Senate and House Chairmen of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. In September, they brought a committee hearing to Springfield Technical Community College so local officials could have input on bills affecting the state’s economy.