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Massachusetts business climate, manufacturer incentives, and advantages of MA communities

Relocate or Expand to Massachusetts - U.S. Industrial Expansion & Relocation Guide for Manufacturing Companies - Learn more about the Massachusetts business climate, manufacturer incentives, and advantages of MA communities. Helping decision makers at U.S. manufacturing establishments find new locations to relocate or expand.
Massachusetts Business Data*


Population: 6,593,587
Total Labor Force: 3,485,500
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Number of Manufacturers: 8,057
Manufacturing Jobs: 348,074
Right to Work: No
Unemp. Ins. Tax: 1.26–12.27%
Corporate Income Tax:

Sales Tax:
6.25%. Exemptions include: Sales to manufacturers

Property Tax:
“Ad Valorem” Tax is assessed on real and personal property. Rates vary by county.

Leading Manufacturing Industries:
(by % of total manufacturing employment)
14% Electronic and other electric equipment
14% Industrial machinery and equipment
13% Instruments and related products
10% Printing and publishing
8% Fabricated metal products

Largest Manufacturing Establishments:
(by number of employees)
Raytheon Co. (Andover) - 4,500
GE Aviation Systems, LLC (Lynn) - 3,300
Gillette Co., The (South Boston) - 3,000
Staples, Inc. (Framingham) - 3,000
UNFI Specialty Distribution Services (Leicester) - 2,500
IBM Corp. (Littleton) - 2,500
Counties with the Most Manufacturing Jobs:
Middlesex - 128,961
Essex - 53,291
Worcester - 49,744
Bristol - 40,110
Norfolk - 36,390

Cities with the Most Manufacturing Jobs:
Boston - 12,880
Andover - 11,705
Cambridge - 10,913
Worcester - 10,884
Waltham - 9,744

Manufacturing Related Business Incentives:
• MassDevelopment Equipment Loans
• Brownfields Redevelopment Fund
• Emerging Technology Fund
• MassDevelopment Exporter Financing
• Southeast Regional Loan Fund (SRLF)
• Brownfields Tax Credit Program
• New Markets Tax Credit Program
• Tax Exempt Bonds
• Green Loan Program
• Pre-development Loans
• Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP)
• Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
• Research & Development Tax Credit
• Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
• Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP)
• Single Sales Factor (Reduces tax burden for manufacturers)

Looking to reach Massachusetts manufacturers? Access the Massachusetts Manufacturers Database compiled by MNI.

*Manufacturing stats updated on 3/18/2014. All other stats updated on 3/18/2014. Listings updated on 4/24/2014.

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