Faculty Advisor

Hanlan, James P.

Faculty Advisor

Ljungquist, Kent


The history of industry in Worcester, Massachusetts is discussed in this report. Worcester is a strong and diverse industrial base, which has enabled the city to thrive both in good times and in bad. Continuing in the style of Industrial Worcester, authored by Charles G. Washburn in 1917, various influential Worcester-based companies responsible for the growth of industry both locally and globally from 1917 to the present are selected, their business models examined, and their impact upon their own fields and others are discussed. Criteria involved in the company selection process includes significant innovations, business models, and entrepreneurship, as well as major contributions to local and global economies, and existence of stories of interest.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts