WESTBOROUGH – In response to nationwide supply chain issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 495/MetroWest Partnership has undertaken an effort to support and promote businesses in the region engaged in manufacturing, supplying raw materials, warehousing, transportation, and logistics. The organization has launched the 495/MetroWest Supply Chain Directory, an online informational resource focused on enhancing information about these businesses, aimed at supporting regional supply chain resiliency and encouraging local sourcing.
The new directory can be accessed online at 495Supply.org.
The project was funded through a grant awarded from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, as part of its 2021 Regional Pilot Program, a statewide effort to spur economic activity as the state re-opened following pandemic-related closures.
“The 495/MetroWest region is a major economic engine for the Commonwealth; the breadth of businesses highlighted in our new Supply Chain Directory is a testament to the corridor’s vitality,” said Jason Palitsch, Executive Director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership. “In addition to the life sciences, technology, and healthcare firms the region is widely known for, manufacturing of all kinds is a key component of our regional economy. At a time when global supply chains are constricted, it’s important to highlight what is being produced right here at home.”
The directory launched with over 250 businesses across the 36 cities and towns served by the 495/MetroWest Partnership.
Eligible businesses may request to be included in the directory via a portal available directly on the site; there is no cost to a business to be listed.
To be eligible, a business must have a physical presence in one of the region’s 36 cities and towns, and produce unfinished goods, components, or materials not intended for retail sale to the public, or otherwise be engaged in transportation and logistics.
“This is a living, breathing project we intend to grow through continued outreach throughout the region’s business community,” said Palitsch. “We encourage any interested business entity to send us their information through the portal.”
The 36 municipalities served by the 495/MetroWest Partnership are Acton, Ashland, Bellingham, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Foxborough, Framingham, Franklin, Grafton, Harvard, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Norfolk, Northborough, Plainville, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Upton, Wayland, Westborough, Westford, and Wrentham.
Of those businesses currently listed in the directory:
· 93 different industries are represented across all manufacturing listings
· The top two manufacturing industries are Machine Shops and Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing
· National Security and Medicinal & Botanical Manufacturing represent two of the most common client industries of the region’s manufacturers
· The region has a strong presence of Chemical and Allied Products and Electronic Parts and Equipment wholesalers
· Of municipalities in the region, Hudson has highest concentration of firms, followed by Franklin and Holliston. Marlborough had the most significant presence of multinational firms.
Information available through the directory includes basic company descriptions, products or services produced, website and contact information, as well as industries served. The new directory also includes information on transportation and logistics, highlighting the region’s convenient proximity to large and small airports, ports, highways, and rail infrastructure.
The 495/MetroWest Partnership, headquartered in Westborough and serving 36 cities and towns across the region, is a unique public-private collaboration among businesses, municipalities, and other stakeholders focused on creating an environment that prepares for and cultivates sustainable growth. The Partnership accomplishes this by coordinating, educating, and advocating for solutions to regional constraints and limited natural resources.