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    1. Walk-through set for Springfield Union Station as grand opening approaches

      Walk-through set for Springfield Union Station as grand opening approaches

      Springfield will host events in June celebrating the reopening of Union Station after more than four decades decay. And U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who's been working to refurbish and reopen Union Station since his first run for city council, plans to detail those celebrations Monday afternoon during a media walk-through of the facility on Frank B. Murray Street on the northern edge of the Springfield's downtown business district. The tour begins at 2 p.m. Construction on the $95-million rehab effort began in 2014. Workers demolished a baggage warehouse to make room for bus berths. A ...

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    2. Mitchell Machine Builds on Nearly a Century of Providing Solutions

      Mitchell Machine Builds on Nearly a Century of Providing Solutions

      Since it was launched by John Mitchell in 1920, Mitchell Machine has grown and diversified — shifting from producing parts and tools for the Springfield Armory and Indian Motocycle to designing and manufacturing complex machines for the semiconductor industry. But since day one, the company has essentially been doing the same thing — producing solutions for its clients.

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    3. Sen. Eric Lesser meets with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to discuss high-speed rail

      Sen. Eric Lesser meets with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to discuss high-speed rail

      State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, met with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Thursday as part of Lesser's push to establish high-speed rail between Boston and Springfield. "I am glad we have allies in Connecticut who understand the power of regional transportation to transform our economies," Lesser said in a statement. "East-west rail will be a victory not only for Massachusetts but for our region, including Connecticut, and we have built broad regional support for this proposal." Connecticut has been working to develop commuter rail service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield.

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    4. Edward Jones aiming to recruit 100 new financial advisors at Agawam event

      Edward Jones aiming to recruit 100 new financial advisors at Agawam event

      Edward Jones, a financial services company, plans to hire up to 100 financial advisors throughout Western Massachusetts in 2017, and is hoping to meet the new prospective employees at an upcoming mixer in Agawam. As the firm continues to expand its business and grow its network of branch offices to serve individual investors throughout Western Mass, Edward Jones is hosting a recruiting event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 at The Federal. Business attire is encouraged, according to the firm.

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    5. Greater Northampton Chamber Arrive @ 5 Event Slated for April 5

      Two of Northampton’s local businesses are uniting to co-host the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce’s Arrive @ 5 event on Wednesday, April 5. Degrees of Comfort — Northampton Plumbing Supply’s kitchen and bath showroom — will join Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice for this community-networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. at 168 Industrial Dr.

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    6. Commercial roofing company bringing jobs to Ludlow

      Commercial roofing company bringing jobs to Ludlow

      Duro-Last Roofing Inc. recently signed a lease to operate a light manufacturing facility at 84 Westover Road, making Ludlow the company's sixth location in the U.S. "This plant here in Ludlow will service pretty much everything from Maine to Virginia. It's going to be a central hub," said Brian Regnier, Northeast sales director for the Saginaw, Michigan-based company, which makes commercial-grade roofing and related products. Duro-Last received its certificate of occupancy last month and will hold a "soft opening" April 3, according to Regnier, a Ludlow native who now lives in Agawam.

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    7. MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis: Company now focusing on market-rate housing at historic Court Square building

      MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis: Company now focusing on market-rate housing at historic Court Square building

      MGM Springfield's priority is to build market rate housing on Court Square at 31 Elm Street and redevelop the old School Department Headquarters at 195 State St. if it needs more housing than can be built at Court Square. Mike Mathis, president of MGM Springfield, outlined plans Thursday following his presentation to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting at the MassMutual Center. The plan is a departure from MGM Springfield's previously announced plan to build the apartments at 195 State St., the former School Department building MGM Springfield bought from the city in 2016 for $600,000.

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    8. Silverbrick Lofts, renovated downtown Springfield apartment complex, nears full occupancy

      Silverbrick Lofts, renovated downtown Springfield apartment complex, nears full occupancy

      More than 250 of the 280 apartments at Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield have been renovated, and once completed they do not go unoccupied for long. "We are showing them every day," said Karen Piemonte, assistant property manager at Silverbrick. "The renovated units are in great demand." The New York City-based Silverbrick Group bought the complex of four downtown buildings once known as Morgan Square Apartments in 2014 for $9 million from The Lone Star Fund of Dallas. Silverbrick then started a $6 million renovation. The company started with the apartments that were vacant and continued through the buildings as ...

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    9. Longmeadow Facility Continues to Grow and Evolve

      Longmeadow Facility Continues to Grow and Evolve

      The Longmeadow Shops recently completed an ambitious 21,000-square-foot expansion project, continuing a process of growth and evolution that has been ongoing for more than half a century.  Steve Walker says that, almost from the start, the Longmeadow Shops has had the location, the access, and a solid mix of retail that attracts both visitors and, well, more retail.  The ‘almost’ is because Interstate 91, or at least the Massachusetts portion of it, had not been completed by the time the shopping plaza, created at the east end of Bliss Road near the East Longmeadow line by Friendly’s co-founder ...

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    10. PeoplesBank Retains Young Talent by Keeping Employees Engaged

      PeoplesBank Retains Young Talent by Keeping Employees Engaged

      t’s difficult to pigeonhole the Millennial generation — though many have tried — in terms of what they want in a job and a workplace.  But one recurring theme is a sense of purpose and meaning, one that goes beyond their list of duties. And on this front, employers are largely falling short.  In fact, according to a recent Gallup study, “How Millennials Want to Work and Live,” only about one-third of young professionals strongly agree that the mission or purpose of their organization makes them feel their job is important. And just 40% feel strongly connected to their company’s ...

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    11. The Big E picks up marketing awards | masslive.com

      The Big E picks up marketing awards | masslive.com

      The Eastern States Exposition received international recognition for its promotional work, taking home the Best Marketing Campaign award at the 2016 International Association of Fairs and Expositions Hall of Honor Communications Awards.  Staff at The Big E received a total of 12 communications and agriculture awards for their marketing efforts. Awards were presented at a ceremony held in Las Vegas in November.  'The 2016 Big E Marketing campaign, titled 'A Century of Greatness,' combined social and traditional media to achieve a successful 100th anniversary run with 1,418,042 in attendance,' a statement from The Big E says.

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    12. Return of Play-Doh part of long growth pattern for Hasbro, Cartamundi in East Longmeadow

      Return of Play-Doh part of long growth pattern for Hasbro, Cartamundi in East Longmeadow

      The 20 additional workers Cartamundi plans to hire at its East Longmeadow factory to make Play-Doh will push employment at the 1.2 million square-foot factory to 480. That number, which includes temporary help needed to meet the huge holiday season demand in the toy industry, represents 13.5 percent employment growth since Belgium-based Cartamundi bought the factory from Hasbro in 2015 for $19.4 million. The Cartamundi hiring website lists a number of open positions in East Longmeadow now.

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    13. MGM Springfield's vendor fair draws over 200 companies looking to land a contract

      MGM Springfield's vendor fair draws over 200 companies looking to land a contract

      MGM Resorts International drew more than 200 potential vendors -- companies eager to provide everything from industrial warehousing to artisan furniture -- to a vendor fair Wednesday at the MassMutual Center downtown. At stake is tens of millions of dollars worth of contracts to outfit and equip the $950 million MGM Springfield resort and casino now under construction on a 14.5-acre site downtown, said Seth Stratton, vice president and general counsel for MGM Springfield. Wednesday's fair focused only on the things MGM will need in the lead up to the casino's opening. That opening is expected in the fall ...

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    14. Data shows good news for Springfield economy

      Data shows good news for Springfield economy

      Mark down Don Klepper-Smith as a believer in the Springfield economy. The economic advisor to Farmington Bank has been doing regional "economic scorecards for 10 years. Using the metrics of eight distinct categories, he says it's rare for any region to report that all eight indicators in any region are rising at the same time. That's what Klepper-Smith said he found in the December, 2016 report for Springfield. One statistics he cited was an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, and he forecasts upcoming gains in local housing sales and median sales prices for single family homes.

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    15. Hogan Technology Invited to Technology Assurance Group Convention

      Hogan Technology Invited to Technology Assurance Group Convention

      Hogan Technology announced that Sean Hogan, the company’s president, has been invited to attend the 17th annual Technology Assurance Group Convention, an organization of dominant unified-communications companies in North America representing $350 million in products and services. The event, to be held in Houston on April 2-5, brings together the most successful leaders in the unified-communications sector in order to elevate the industry as a whole, through the sharing of best business practices, CEO-to-CEO collaboration, and exchange of viewpoints as the future of technology. The theme of this year’s convention is “teamwork drives success.” It will focus on ...

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    16. State agrees to release engineering money to towns for rural broadband

      State agrees to release engineering money to towns for rural broadband

      Massachusetts officials have agreed to release engineering and design grants directly to rural towns that plan to build "last mile" municipal broadband networks. Previously, the towns were bound to accept "professional services" provided internally by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, a state agency. The policy, announced Monday, marks a radical shift for MBI and opens a range of options for dozens of small towns in Central and Western Massachusetts that have been struggling for years without high-speed residential internet. MBI unveiled the new policy at its Feb. 27 board meeting in Westborough, said Paul McMorrow, a spokesman for Gov. Charlie Baker ...

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    17. Dropout rate down more than 50 percent in Holyoke, Lawrence, Springfield in five-year...

      Dropout rate down more than 50 percent in Holyoke, Lawrence, Springfield in five-year...

      In a span of five years, three Massachusetts school districts saw drastic improvements in lowering their dropout rates.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the dropout rate in Springfield Public Schools was under 5 percent, a 57 percent decrease compared to the 2010-2011 rate, a school year when 791 students dropped out. In that same time frame, Holyoke Public Schools has seen more than a hundred additional students remain in school annually, a 54 percent reduction in dropouts.  Across the state, Lawrence has seen a 51 percent decrease in students dropping out of the city's four high schools.

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    18. WNEU to Host Annual Pharmacy Conference March 16

      WNEU to Host Annual Pharmacy Conference March 16

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy will hold its seventh annual Continuing Pharmacy Education and Preceptor Development Conference on Thursday, March 16 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rivers Memorial Hall. The conference is one way the College of Pharmacy supports the educational needs of pharmacists in the region. Hundreds of regional pharmacists from New England participate each year in the full-day training program, which will provide insight into legal issues impacting the pharmacy profession, preceptor development, and updates on clinical therapeutics.

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    19. Career center to help students with options opening at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke

      Career center to help students with options opening at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke

      In keeping with the mission to fine-tune the focus of high school, a career center will open at Dean Technical High School at 1045 Main St. on March 10. "The focus of the center is to provide career and job services to students, to help make connections for students between their academics and their future career options," Judy Taylor, spokeswoman for the Holyoke public schools, said Monday. The opening ceremony will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Dean, and the public is invited, she said. The career center at Dean will be a partnership with CareerPoint, a nonprofit ...

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    20. 20 new jobs coming as Hasbro starts making Play Doh at East Longmeadow Cartamundi factory | masslive.com

      20 new jobs coming as Hasbro starts making Play Doh at East Longmeadow Cartamundi factory | masslive.com

      Play-Doh will soon be manufactured at the Cartamundi plant in East Longmeadow, toymaker Hasbro told the Wall Street Journal.  Hasbro sold the East Longmeadow plant to Cartamundi in 2015, but the 1.2 million square foot plant still manufactures Hasbro board games like Sorry!, Clue, Life, Risk, Monopoly and and Candy Land under contract.

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    21. Westfield, Sturbridge charter schools approved by state education board

      Westfield, Sturbridge charter schools approved by state education board

      The state board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Monday approved three new charter schools, two of which will open in western Massachusetts. The board voted to approve Hampden Charter School of Science in Westfield, and the Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School. Hampden Charter School of Science is scheduled to open in 2018 with an initial enrollment of 252 students from Agawam, Holyoke, Westfield and West Springfield. It will serve grades 6 through 9 at first, then expand to 588 students in grades 6 through 12.

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    22. Springfield City Council approves $4.5 million apartment renovation project in Old Hill

      Springfield City Council approves $4.5 million apartment renovation project in Old Hill

      The City Council approved a special permit Monday night for a $4.5 million renovation project that will allow a developer to reopen a vacant 26-unit apartment block at the corner of State and Oak streets in the Old Hill neighborhood. The renovations will target a building at 573 State St., and the owner is also planning to invest another $2 million in renovations to an adjacent, occupied 16-unit apartment building at 7 Lillian St. The council permit approval was just needed for the State Street building due to its vacancy. The vote was 10 to 1 in favor of ...

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    23. OMG expands in Agawam, ads heat treating and jobs | masslive.com

      OMG expands in Agawam, ads heat treating and jobs | masslive.com

      Look on the shelves at a hardware store or home center.  If it's a warehouse-type place, also look up at the commercial roof covering the store.  You'll see products from Agawam's OMG Inc. in both places.  The 36-year-old company, originally known as Olympic Manufacturing, makes screws, washer plates, vents, metal edges, adhesives and construction equipment for commercial flat roofs like those over factories and big box retailers. OMG also makes FastenMaster, a line of screws for residential decks that contractors can hide, giving the finished deck a better appearance. OMG sells FastenMaster at lumber yards and hardware ...

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