Many products from famous and up-and-coming companies are made in Massachusetts including toys, drugs, and robots. How many do you know? Next
Location: Ayer (based)
John E. Cain started his business as a cheese distribution company in 1914 in Fanueil Hall Market Place.
Cain sought to remake mayonnaise by finding a way to stop it from separating. The result was Cains All Natural Mayonnaise, introduced in 1924, according to the company website.
Cains Food also sells products under the Naturally Delicious and Olde Cape Cod brand names.
Location: Gloucester (based)
Scientist Clarence Birdseye was in Newfoundland when he noticed that an Inuit tactic of catching fish and freezing it immediately didn’t destroy the foods’ texture. With this knowledge, he set up a company in Gloucester, and the frozen food industry was born.
Who: Revere Beach
You might not guess it because of the Bay State’s frequently cold weather, but Massachusetts is home to the nation’s first public beach. Revere Beach was established as a public institution in 1896.
The American subway system
Who runs it: The MBTA
Location: Boston (base)
Boston’s T was America’s first subway system. Public transportation in the Hub started in the 1630s as a family-operated ferry service, and now it includes underground subways, buses, and the commuter rail.
American higher education
Who makes it: Harvard University
Massachusetts is home to the nation’s oldest higher educational institution in the country – Harvard College. Founded in 1636, its buildings and the square around it still possess a very old New England flair. Next
Who makes it: Hasbro Inc.
Location: East Longmeadow
This world-renowned toy and game company had an unlikely beginning as a textile seller in 1920s. Owners Henry and Helal Hassenfeld eventually started making school supplies. Meanwhile, companies that Hasbro would later acquire were developing some of the company’s biggest brands, including the game Monopoly. Here, boxes of the famed real estate game are about to be wrapped at the company’s plant in East Longmeadow.
Who makes it: Zildjian Cymbals
Cymbals sit atop stands in the drum room at Zildjian Cymbals of Norwell, the oldest continuously family-owned business in the United States. The company’s beginnings can be traced to Avedis Zildjian, an Armenian chemist in Constantinople who created cymbals by combining copper, tin, and silver in 1623. Next
Who makes it: Boston Beer Co.
The Boston Beer Co. produces Samuel Adams, the popular Boston lager, and its many variations including seasonal beers. The company, which also has breweries in Pennsylvania and Ohio, is headquartered in Jamaica Plain and is practically a city mainstay. It was founded in the 1980s by Jim Koch, who utilizes a recipe and techniques that were used in the 19th century. Next
Who makes it: QinetiQ
British defense contractor QinetiQ Group PLC’s Waltham plant makes defense robots, such as the pictured TALON. This robot was used to help repair damaged nuclear power plants in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami. The TALON robots are normally used for explosive ordnance disposal and hazmat and security situations while other robots such as the Dragon Runner are used for reconnaissance missions. Next
Craisins and cranberry juice
Who makes it: Ocean Spray
The company was formed in 1930 by three cranberry growers, developing a number of products based off of the fruit, including its first product, Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail. The company also makes grapefruit juice and dried cranberries. Next
‘Light-Block’ plastic milk jugs
Who makes it: HP Hood
The HP Hood milk plant in Agawam produces the company’s trademark “Light-Block” plastic jugs for all of New England at around 120,000 per day. The blow-mold machine produces a new gallon jug every six seconds. In total though, the company has around 22 manufacturing plants across the United States.
Music-based video games
Who makes it: Harmonix Music Systems
Harmonix is best known for creating the popular “Rock Band” franchise, but they also created “Dance Central” for the Kinect and “Karaoke Revolution.” The company developed “Guitar Hero.”
Pictured here is a scene from “Guitar Hero.”
Equipment used to regenerate human tissue
Who makes it: Harvard Bioscience
Harvard Bioscience, once a manufacturer of scientific instruments, is focusing on the scientific effort of regenerative medicine. The company is researching how the “scaffold,” or the organic framework for building a replacement organ, is “seeded” with cells from the patient. Pictured: David Dufault, a technician with the company.
Who makes it: Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Founded in 1992, this pharmaceutical company specializes in creating drugs for conditions usually not met by common medications. One such medication is Cubicin, which is a first stage antibiotic that combats certain blood and skin infections like MRSA and staph. Pictured: A summer intern works in a Molecular bio laboratory.
Who makes it: Necco
The New England Confectionary Co. was founded in 1847, making it the oldest multiline candy company in the United States, according to the company’s website. The company is best known for making the Sweethearts Conversation Hearts, but it also created Thin Mints and Candy Buttons.
Eco-friendly household goods
Who makes it: Preserve
Preserve was founded in 1996 by Eric Hudson, who wanted to reuse natural resources for new products. The company now makes household products out of recycled plastic such as toothbrushes, plates, utensils, and cooking tools. It is one of the few consumer products companies in Massachusetts. Next
Bottled spring water and soft drinks
Who makes it: Simpson Spring Co.
This local, privately owned water company has been providing pure bottled water since 1878. Its water, which also comes in a sparkling variety, is also for sale through a multitude of “Self-service Water Centers” across Southeastern Massachusetts for just 25 cents a gallon. The company also produces many kinds of sodas, some seen here. Next
Who makes it: Polar Beverages
Polar got its start in 1882, when it was known as the J.G. Bieberback Co., a bottler and wholesaler. The company was acquired in 1916 by the D.M. Crowley & Co., a wholesaler run by Irish immigrants, according to the company’s website. The Crowley family continues to run the company four generations later. Here, plastic bottles wait to be filled. Next
Equipment for power producers of renewable energy
Who makes it: American Superconductor Corp.
This company is a leader in the renewable energy sector. It provides power systems for things such as wind turbines, power grids and solar plants. The company’s technology is used across the globe, as the company has accounts in China and South Korea. Next
Stationery, currency, and other paper products
Who makes it: Crane and Co.
The nearly ancient company, which has been operating since 1770 and today uses much of the same machinery, is most known for its paper and stationery products. However, the company has also been manufacturing currency and security paper for over 130 years. The company is the only place in the United States where the paper for currency is made. Next
Data storage equipment
Who makes it: EMC Corp.
EMC Corp. is known for providing data storage for giant companies, although it rolled out a system that costs less than $10,000, catering to small businesses. The company also develops technology for cloud computing and provides consultation services for clients. Next
Speech recognition software
Who makes it: Nuance
Nuance employs more than 6,000 people in 35 regional offices across the globe. The company specializes in producing voice recognition software such as Dragon Medical, seen here, which is used by medical professionals when seeing patients. Next
Who makes it: Gemvara
Gemvara is a company that allows customers to make the type of jewelry they want. Its website offers a wide range of gems and metals to choose from and the ability to place them into earrings, necklaces, and rings. Next
Who makes it: Skyworks Solutions Inc.
The company manufactures semiconductors and other products that have been used in the cellular infrastructure, energy management and in mobile handset applications. While it is primarily based in Massachusetts, the company has expanded internationally and has offices in Asia and Europe. Next
Who makes it: Skyworks Solutions Inc.
The company manufactures semiconductors and other products that have been used in the cellular infrastructure, energy management and in mobile handset applications. While it is primarily based in Massachusetts, the company has expanded internationally and has offices in Asia and Europe. NextThe company manufactures semiconductors and other products that have been used in the cellular infrastructure, energy management and in mobile handset applications. Next
Custom made clocks
Who makes it: Electric Time Co.
The company has made tower, street, and custom clocks since 1928. According to its website, the company is “the only domestic US manufacturer of tower and street clocks who makes their own clock movements.” You can see the company’s work not only in Massachusetts but in places like Universal Studios as well. Pictured here is worker Scott Gow placing the hands of a clock. Next
Who makes it: Hyde Tools
In the late 1800s, Isaac P. Hyde spotted a basic industrial need — knives for cutting leather and shoes. He went to work making knives and selling them from his buggy, according to the company’s website. By 1917, he operated two factories. Here, paint scrapers dry at the company’s plant in Southbridge. Next
Who makes it: St. Pierre
St. Pierre Manufacturing Corp. is the number one maker of pitching horseshoes, or those used in the popular lawn game. The company produces 4,000 horseshoes a day.
Pictured: Rudy Martinez pulls a red hot horseshoe off the foundry during the manufacturing process. Next
Who makes it: Quabaug Corp.
Location: North Brookfield
Quabaug in North Brookfield produces a variety of rubber goods, including pet toys, shoe soles, and playground surfaces. Here, a machine fills shoe-sole molds with a rubber mixture.
Who makes it: Erving Industries
Erving, based in the western Massachusetts town that bears the same name, buys discarded paper products and uses them to make other paper goods, such as napkins and dentist bibs.
Here, a worker changes a creping blade. Back to the beginning
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