Gov. Baker to announce manufacturing grants at UMass

  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in January. AP Photo/Steven Senne

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

AMHERST— Gov. Charlie Baker will visit the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday to reveal the winners of manufacturing grants being awarded to applicants from across the state.

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash will join the governor to announce the grants, which will cover photonics, robotics, advanced functional fabrics and flexible-hybrid electronics, among other areas, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

UMass officials, researchers, manufacturing executives and others are also expected to attend.

According to the Manufacturing in Massachusetts website, 7.8 percent of the state’s workforce is employed in the manufacturing sector — roughly 250,000 people. Massachusetts exported $26 billion in manufactured goods in 2016, the website reported.

The event is set for Friday, 4:15 p.m., at the Institute for Applied Life Sciences Conference Center’s life science laboratories on the third floor.