Changing Workforce

Connecting old and new to boost manufacturing jobs

By the Boston Globe

Jan 12, 2016

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A year after he founded his Somerville, MA, startup, Nick Mashburn had a product – a smart meter that notifies fuel delivery companies when tanks need to be refilled. He also had a customer, a Canadian fuel company that wanted 1,200 meters.

What he didn’t have was someone to manufacture them.

Enter the Manufacturing Initiative, a program that connects hardware startups with local manufacturers. After helping tweak the design of his prototype, the initiative put Mashburn in touch with Lightspeed Manufacturing, a Haverhill contract manufacturer that so far has produced and shipped 500 of the smart meters for Mashburn’s company, Tank Utility.

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