By Thomas Grillo, Globe Correspondent, 6/22/2003

LEOMINSTER -- For generations, this city in north central Massachusetts staked its fortune on plastics manufacturing. It's dubbed the birthplace of the plastics industry, and there's a museum dedicated to preserving the past and promoting the future of plastics. [an error occurred while processing this directive]

Plastics companies are still a presence in the city, but many have moved to China. City officials are working to recruit biotechnology firms, but have been losing out to Cambridge and Worcester.

The good news: More than half of the 112 single-family homes for sale here this week are listed at less than $250,000, making Leominster one of the Bay State's most affordable places.

Overall, Leominster's MCAS scores trailed those in all of its neighboring communities, except Fitchburg. While many residents love that Leominster combines the advantages of city and country life without high cost, they complain about development that has congested busy routes 12 and 13 and Merriam Avenue.

Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@hotmail.com.

This story ran in the Boston Globe on 6/22/2003.
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