1. Make or break: Challenges to manufacturing in the Berkshires

    Make or break: Challenges to manufacturing in the Berkshires
    Michael Graney, the senior vice president of business development at the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, said the "traditional, commodity-based heavy stuff" normally associated with New England manufacturing "is not going to make a lot of sense here" due to the high costs associated with labor, energy and doing business in this region. But Graney believes that small, well-run manufacturers who make products for a specific or "niche" markets, such as Pittsfield Plastics & Engineering, can succeed.
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    1. As a blanket statement that manufacturing is dying, I don't buy it.
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