Manufacturing has been on its heels, in Massachusetts and elsewhere. There can be no argument about this. The reasons for this (as well as the reasons, pro and con, for manufacturing itself) have been discussed to exhaustion elsewhere. Massachusetts is taking some welcome fresh steps to revitalize the manufacturing sector. Only time will tell if these new programs mean that we are finally going “on offense” with some strategic long-term solutions that signal a genuine new-found respect for a sector that is the source of so much innovation and vitality.