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    1. Mayors urge more Amtrak shuttles between Springfield and Vermont | GazetteNet.com

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      Mayors urge more Amtrak shuttles between Springfield and Vermont | GazetteNet.com

      The mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke are lobbying the state to increase the number of daily Amtrak shuttles planned for their communities when new high-speed passenger rail service begins next year.  The extension of the New Haven/Springfield Amtrak Shuttle north will provide a significant economic boon to both the region and to their respective communities, the three mayors said in a letter this week to Richard A. Davey, the state’s transportation secretary.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Northampton

    2. At Eastec trade show in West Springfield, manufacturers talk about not sending work to China, new products, and more

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      At Eastec trade show in West Springfield, manufacturers talk about not sending work to China, new products, and more

      Eastec, the manufacturing trade show at the Eastern States Exposition, was busy Tuesday, and so are the manufacturers who attend looking for new customers, new technology and new equipment.  'We are looking for equipment so we can bring more production work into our building in Somers and not have to send it to China,' said Barry Smith, a manufacturing engineer at Conval Inc., a maker of precision valves for turbines used in generating electricity.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    3. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. opens new maintenance hangar at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield

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      Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. opens new maintenance hangar at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield

      Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. hosted a ceremonial grand opening for its new 125,000-square-foot , $23-million maintenance hangar Tuesday, the same day state lawmakers debated ditching the sales tax exemption on aircraft parts that helped make Gulfstream's expansion feasible.

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      Mentions:   General Dynamics   Springfield   Westfield

    4. Springfield Museums wins national accreditation from American Alliance of Museums

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      Springfield Museums wins national accreditation from American Alliance of Museums

      The Springfield Museums consortium joined the ranks of the most prestigious in the country by recently earning national accreditation through the American Alliance of Museums, officials announced on Tuesday. Longtime private donors, elected officials and museums staff and board members joined in a celebratory announcement at The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The consortium of five museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden will now be among a scant 6 percent of national museums to receive the accreditation.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Museum of Springfield History

    5. DevelopSpringfield acquires historic Gunn Block, plans redevelopment of city's oldest commercial building

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      DevelopSpringfield acquires historic Gunn Block, plans redevelopment of city's oldest commercial building

      DevelopSpringfield has acquired the historic Gunn Block at the corner of State and Walnut Streets, believed to be city’s oldest commercial building. The building – condemned by the city last year and vacant for at least three years – was built around 1830 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    6. Yankee Candle rekindles its Man Candles line by adding bacon and popcorn fragrances - Boston Business Journal

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      Yankee Candle rekindles its Man Candles line by adding bacon and popcorn fragrances - Boston Business Journal

      It also turned out to be a brilliant strategy for boosting revenue. Sure, Yankee Candle received plenty of ribbing for fragrances like “First Down,” “2x4” and “Riding Mower.” (Jimmy Fallon even asked, on his late night show, when we could expect to see a “10 PM Nacho Breeze” flavor.) But the line of four Man Candles was responsible for 10 percent of all sales volume in Yankee Candle’s stores for the stretch from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day last year, according to spokeswoman Karen Woods, much more than the Deerfield-based company’s executives had imagined. “Man Town ...

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      Mentions:   Yankee Candle, Inc.

    7. Savage Arms in Westfield sold to defense giant ATK

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      Savage Arms in Westfield sold to defense giant ATK

      Defense contractor ATK, also known as Alliant Techsystems, announced Monday it has entered into an agreement to acquire Savage Sports Corporation in Westfield For $315 million. Savage has 700 employees including 400 at its Westfield plant and headquarters. It calls itself is one of the world's largest manufacturers of hunting rifles and shotguns. Amanda Covington , vice president of corporate communications for ATK, didn’t make any predictions for the Westfield plant when questioned via email Monday afternoon.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    8. Editorial: Return of Eastec show boon for Western Massachusetts economy

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      Editorial: Return of Eastec show boon for Western Massachusetts economy

      After a one-year hiatus, Eastec, the East Coast’s largest manufacturing trade show, returns to the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield for a three-day run this week. And that is very good news for the local retail economy.  The Eastec show, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, had been an annual event until 2011 when organizers decided to hold the event only on odd-numbered years.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    9. Holyoke U.S. Tsubaki plant gets OK for expansion of up to $7 million and 15 jobs

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      Holyoke U.S. Tsubaki plant gets OK for expansion of up to $7 million and 15 jobs

      Construction on a $6 million to $7 million expansion at U.S. Tsubaki Inc. at 821 Main St. is scheduled to be done by fall, adding at least 15 jobs, officials said. "We are excited to see this investment, as this is part of a larger trend happening in Holyoke -- businesses expanding and growing and starting to invest again," Mayor Alex B. Morse said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    10. Job market improves for Class of 2013, colleges and universities say hiring interest is up | masslive.com

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      Job market improves for Class of 2013, colleges and universities say hiring interest is up | masslive.com

      Marisa Harris, a 22-year-old graduating senior at Western New England University, never figured her future would start in a saw-blade factory.  But Harris’ first out-of-college job is at Lenox American Saw in East Longmeadow, now part of hardware conglomerate Newell Rubbermaid, where she signed on just last week as an assistant brand manager for Newell Rubbermaid’s hilmor line of tools for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning contractors.

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    11. Eastec manufacturing show returns to the Big E in West Springfield | masslive.com

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      Eastec manufacturing show returns to the Big E in West Springfield | masslive.com

      Eastec, which features truck-sized industrial equipment that can cost up to $1 million and churn out precision parts to tolerances many times smaller than a human hair, is expected to draw more than 500 exhibitors and visitors representing nearly 700 companies from across the country, said Kimberly L. Farrugia, senior event manager for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Farrugia said it’s a 15 percent increase overall increase in registrations from 2011, the last time Eastec was in West Springfield. She anticipated overall attendance of about 11,000 over three days, May 14, 15 and 16.

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    12. Northeast Utilities profits up substantially over 2012 | masslive.com

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      Northeast Utilities profits up substantially over 2012 | masslive.com

      NU’s first-quarter profit was $228.1 million, or 72 cents per share, compared with earnings of $99.3 million, or 56 cents per share in the first quarter of 2012. Results for both years reflect costs related to the April 2012 merger, $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2013 and $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. NU’s first quarter 2013 results include NStar earnings of 21 cents per share.

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    13. Palmer, Amherst projects win $500,000 to improve rail lines from Massachusetts Department of Transportation | masslive.com

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      Palmer, Amherst projects win $500,000 to improve rail lines from Massachusetts Department of Transportation | masslive.com

      Thanks to grants from the state Department of Transportation's industrial rail access program, Sherwood Lumber received funding for a rail spur project to improve business operations in Palmer, and a segment of the New England Central Railroad in Amherst will be refurbished.

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    14. Southwest adds Bradley nonstop to Atlanta

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      Southwest adds Bradley nonstop to Atlanta

      outhwest Airlines will add daily nonstop service from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks to Atlanta, the latest in a string of new flights coming to Connecticut's main airport.  Southwest's wholly owned AirTran Airways subsidiary will begin the nonstop Atlanta service on Nov. 3, and the tickets are on sale now.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    15. MassMutual Financial Group of Springfield back in the Fortune 100

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      MassMutual Financial Group of Springfield back in the Fortune 100

      MassMutual clocked in at No. 94 on the Fortune 500 list, marking the insurer's return to the exclusive Fortune 100, where it last was in 2010 when it was No. 93 based on 2009 performance.  MassMutual Financial Group was 101 in 2011 based on 2010 performance and 121 on the list in 2012 based on 2011 performance.

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      Mentions:   Raytheon   Northeast Utilities   Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

    16. Donahue Institute study: Pioneer Valley business stable during recession, paths to growth now sought

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      Donahue Institute study: Pioneer Valley business stable during recession, paths to growth now sought

      The groups cooperating on the study are: Common Capital, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, MassMutual Financial Group on behalf of DevelopSpringfield, the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   MassMutual

    17. Solar power industry sees bright future in Massachusetts

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      Solar power industry sees bright future in Massachusetts

      Ron Gerwatowski, senior vice president of regulation and pricing at utility company National Grid, which owns solar generating stations, said the going rate for power is more like 7 cents a kilowatt hour and most of that power, in New England anyway, is generated by burning natural gas.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Greenfield Community College   Springfield

    18. 8 Western Massachusetts communities get low-interest loans to improve water, sewer systems

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      8 Western Massachusetts communities get low-interest loans to improve water, sewer systems

      One project, costing $14 million for the first phase will connect the Provin Mountain Reservoir in Agawam and connect to twin pipes crossing the Connecticut River to Springfield. The total project will cost $28 million and loan funds will be pursued for the second year of construction, Pedersen said.
      The 83-year-old steel water transmission main being replaced provides water to Springfield, Agawam, Longmeadow and East Longmeadow. The pipeline is near the end of its useful lifespan, and inspections have uncovered significant corrosion, according to a project summary.

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      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Palmer   Springfield

    19. Funding a College Education | BusinessWest

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      Funding a College Education | BusinessWest

      A Crash Course in the Options Available to Parents and Students By any measure, college is expensive and continues to rise rapidly in cost. How to pay for college is one of the biggest financial concerns for today’s parents, no matter what their income level.  The parents’ concern is enhanced by the uncertainty of college costs and financial aid, the complexity of the application process, and the desire to provide the best education for their children. With a long-term plan that carefully balances savings, borrowing, and college selection, parents can help their children reach their dreams without bankrupting their ...

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    20. The 2013 Restaurant Guide | BusinessWest

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      The 2013 Restaurant Guide | BusinessWest

      While all restaurants are destinations in many respects, some locations are unique, not just for the food prepared in the kitchen, but because of the rich history of the setting in question. For this special section, the 2013 Restaurant Guide, we venture to three establishments that could truly be called landmarks.

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    21. UMass to graduate record class of 5,500 Friday at McGuirk Stadium | masslive.com

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      UMass to graduate record class of 5,500 Friday at McGuirk Stadium | masslive.com

      A record graduating class of 5,500 will receive degrees Friday evening at the undergraduate commencement at the University of Massachusetts.  Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express, will give the keynote address at the undergraduate commencement.

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    22. JetBlue adds two daily flights to Florida from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks | masslive.com

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      JetBlue adds two daily flights to Florida from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks | masslive.com

      WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — JetBlue will offer daily nonstop service from Bradley International Airport to Fort Myers and Tampa, Fla., the Connecticut Airport Authority announced Tuesday.

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    23. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable

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      Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable

      The EDC wishes to acknowledge Steve Davis from Ventry
      Associates and the Davis Foundation, who recently agreed to chair the EDC’s new
      Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee. Steve attended today’s roundtable,
      along with leaders from our university, business and entrepreneurial
      communities.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Ann Burke   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    24. Massachusetts health council approves merger of Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts health council approves merger of Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital | masslive.com

      Craig B. Melin, president and chief executive officer of Cooley Dickinson, said the ownership of the Northampton facilities will ultimately be transferred to Massachusetts General.  The transaction does not involve a capital expenditure and Cooley Dickinson will remain a separately licensed hospital after the transfer. Massachusetts General will become 'the sole corporate member' of the Cooley Dickinson Health Care Corp. and the hospital will become 'an indirect subsidiary' of Massachusetts General, according to the state Department of Public Health.

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