Industry Overview

The SouthCoast region attracts a diverse network of manufacturers, primarily due to its available, skilled workforce, and lower cost of doing business. The region boasts strong skills in high-end manufacturing, assembly, distribution, and back office – with low absenteeism and turnover.

The SouthCoast is home to a wide array of manufacturers, ranging from textile manufacturers with Joseph Abboud in New Bedford and New England Shirt Company in Fall River to Titleist, and Precix manufacturing O-rings, and General Dynamics in Taunton.

Manufacturers have access to a talented workforce, generated by educational offerings at UMass Dartmouth’s College of Engineering, Bristol Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School, Diman Regional Voc-Tech in Fall River, Bristol-Plymouth Technical School, and Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School.

The Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership also offers a comprehensive set of resources to help manufacturers thrive in Massachusetts.

The Southcoast’s Manufacturing Industry

  • Massachusetts is constantly pushing to become more advanced and further developed. With many of the businesses in the SouthCoast relying heavily on cutting edge technology, there is high demand for manufacturers in the region to help create these technologies.
  • Some of the most commonly manufactured products in the region include computer and electronic equipment such as microchips, communication devices, and automation products.

Key Companies/Organizations

Workforce Resources

  • College of Engineering at UMass Dartmouth
    • U.S News and World Report ranks the College of Engineering within the top 40 undergraduate programs in the country, and UMass Dartmouth as a Tier1 national research university. The College has expertise in:
      • biomedical/healthcare engineering
      • biomimetic and composite materials
      • computational/data science
      • energy/environmental engineering
      • intelligent systems
      • marine technologies
      • wireless networks and communication
  • Bristol Community College 
    • The Center for Workforce and Community Education at Bristol Community College provides high quality, market-responsive training to support the evolving workforce. BCC also offers extensive courses in engineering.
  • Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership
    • MassMEP offers a wide range of manufacturing related trainings and resources to help manufacturers grow in the Commonwealth.
  • SouthCoast Workforce Investment Boards