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Central Mass. has a long history with manufacturing, dating back to the American Industrial Revolution and carrying through to today, where the sector is still one of the largest industries by economic output. The region once manufactured looms for weaving textiles and now develops treatments for diseases. The seven category winners of the Manufacturing Excellence Awards this year are a showcase of the industry’s long history.
While shifting cultural norms in the business community have found hiring managers outwardly working toward hiring a more diverse staff, studies in the last few years by organizations like McKinsey & Co. and Regent University found women and people of color are promoted less frequently than their white male counterparts. This produces a dynamic where company leadership at many organizations remains dominated by white males even as the company's employees become more diversified.