Innovators and entrepreneurs have always been an integral part of Gloucester’s character. The world has seen this in action for more than four generations of courageous Gloucester fishermen, and the creativity of a community of artists, writers and poets dating back to the 1700s.
Today, Gloucester’s entrepreneurial spirit is embodied by companies like Gorton’s of Gloucester, the seafood processing icon which had its beginnings here in 1755; Gloucester Engineering, a pioneer in plastics extrusion machinery; and Applied Materials, a leader in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. These any countless other businesses had their beginnings here in Gloucester.
The city’s future is shaped by these innovators, and by new generation of diverse entrepreneurs like Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute in marine science; the Innovation House in mobile software; Ocean Alliance in marine research; HireClix in recruitment advertising; and Atlantic Saltworks in ocean harvesting.