Franklin County manufacturing companies host tours

Franklin County

Several area manufacturers are hosting factory tours and open houses this week.

It’s an opportunity for schools and community members to learn about careers in manufacturing.

Ever wonder what goes on inside western Massachusetts manufacturing facilities?

This Friday, Decker Machine Works will open its doors to the public to tour its new precision machining facility in Greenfield.

“We specialize in working with specialty alloys, nickle based alloys, stainless steal, mostly machining small parts, very difficult to work with parts with multiple dimensions,” said Noah Decker, vice president of Decker Machine Works.

Customers for these parts include the NASA space program and race car teams.

“What I hope they’ll see is a whole variety of jobs, so there are the jobs on the plant floor but there’s jobs in the office, there’s jobs in personnel, there’s jobs in human resources. So I’d like them to have a better appreciation of all the jobs that are available in these places,” said Patricia Crosby, executive director of Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board.

Crosby told 22News, this week offers an opportunity to learn about local companies, do some networking, and see if a manufacturing career is right for you.

There are 7,000 manufacturing jobs available in the Franklin Hampshire region. Jobs, which Crosby said, “are better, cleaner and safer than they were 50 years ago.”

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