1. Study: Pioneer Valley lacks younger workers to replace soon-to-retire Baby Boomers

    Study: Pioneer Valley lacks younger workers to replace soon-to-retire Baby Boomers

    Edward T. Leyden, president of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam, said he sees the impact in the graying heads on his machine shop floor and a lack of young machinists coming out of trade schools. A manufacturing technician able to set up and program a lathe that's numerically controlled by at computer can make $40,000 to $60,000 a year and earn benefits. But Leyden said those jobs won’t be here if the region can’t develop a younger work force.

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