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    1. Dietz & Company Architects moving to Springfield Union Station

      Dietz & Company Architects moving to Springfield Union Station

      Kerry L. Dietz, owner and principal of Dietz & Company Architects, announced Tuesday that the company, the largest architecture firm in the region, will move into Union Station from offices nearby at 17 Hampden St., also in downtown Springfield. "We thank Kerry Dietz for her long-term commitment to being part of downtown Springfield and being a pioneer at Springfield Union Station," said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno in a press release. "Her company does outstanding work throughout New England and we are so happy she is continuing to do that work right here in Springfield."

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    2. Cafe plans perking for Springfield Innovation Center

      Cafe plans perking for Springfield Innovation Center

      Looking for that after-work drink in downtown Springfield? Soon you might be able to order your favorite cocktail by smartphone app before leaving the office. It'll be ready and waiting when you get to Ground Up, the new name of the cafe planned for the Springfield Innovation Center on Bridge Street. Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean, one of the backers of the cafe venture, recently detailed plans for Ground Up, which he and his partners expect to open in June. They're in the process of getting a liquor license.

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    3. STCC workforce training program sets employer forums

      STCC workforce training program sets employer forums

      Training & Workforce Options, a set of training programs that brings the latest skills to workers, often known by the acronym TWO, will host employer forums in the coming weeks: one focusing on the manufacturing industry on Wednesday and another focusing on long-term health care on April 4. TWO is a collaboration between Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College.

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    4. MassDOT to host public meeting set on Interstate 91 viaduct progress

      MassDOT to host public meeting set on Interstate 91 viaduct progress

      MassDOT has scheduled another public meeting to update the public on the ongoing $183.3 million rehab of Interstate 91 in Springfield. The meeting will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the MassLive Building - 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1350 Main Street, Springfield. MassDOT has hosted these meetings roughly every three months since work began. MassDOT says the Interstate 91 project is now three months ahead of its original schedule. The original schedule had the highway completely reopening in August 2018.

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    5. Springfield CRRC plant gets $137.5M Philly train car job

      Springfield CRRC plant gets $137.5M Philly train car job

      The CRRC plant now under construction in East Springfield was awarded a deal Thursday to build 45 train cars for SEPTA, Philadelphia's transit system, for $137.5 million. The deal includes an option for SEPTA to buy 10 more cars for another $23.5 million, according to a report on Philly.com, the online home of the Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.  The cars are expected to arrive in Philadelphia in 2019. They'll be double-deckers, adding about 6,000 seats to SEPTA's busiest commuter rail lines.

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    6. Greater Springfield job market: What industries are hiring?

      Greater Springfield job market: What industries are hiring?

      No sector of the economy in Greater Springfield added jobs in January, but year over year, education and health services, trade transportation and utilities and a few other sectors did record gains. That's according to numbers released this week by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Relations and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  As a region, Greater Springfield lost 12,100 jobs in January from December, a decline of 3.6 percent. That's a larger percent decline than the statewide average of 2.54 percent. But on the year, the region is up 3,000 ...

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    7. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson to headline Springfield Chamber's Outlook 2017 lunch

      Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson to headline Springfield Chamber's Outlook 2017 lunch

      Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, will deliver the keynote address at the at the Springfield Regional Chamber's Outlook 2017 luncheon on April 10. Robinson is also a political commentator appearing on television programs such as political commentator on news programs such as MSNBC's Hardball, The Rachel Maddow Show, and NBC's Meet the Press.The lunch, an annual affair meant to take a look at he political and economic year ahead, will be from from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 10 at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St ...

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    8. Stanley Black & Decker completes Lenox American saw purchase, plans to continue operating East Longmeadow plant

      Stanley Black & Decker completes Lenox American saw purchase, plans to continue operating East Longmeadow plant

      Connecticut-based tool giant Stanley Black & Decker earlier this month completed its purchase of Newell Brands' tool division, which includes Lenox American Saw and its 500,000-square-foot factory here with 640 employees. The $1.95 billion acquisition was first announced in October. The deal represents more than $700 million of revenues from brands like Lenox and Irwin hand tools, Stanley Black & Decker said in a news release.

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    9. Springfield unemployment rate rises in January, but is lower than it was a year ago

      Springfield unemployment rate rises in January, but is lower than it was a year ago

      Unemployment in the city of Springfield rose in January, likely because seasonal jobs at stores and delivery services ended, according to numbers released Friday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for the city of Springfield in January was 7.2 percent, up two percentage points from 5.2 percent recorded in December. But the unemployment rate was higher, at 8.9 percent, a year ago in January 2016. Unlike statewide and national unemployment data, local employment numbers are not adjusted for seasonal changes in the ...

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    10. PVTA plans to cut hundreds of bus stops in Springfield

      PVTA plans to cut hundreds of bus stops in Springfield

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has exactly 814 stops in the city of Springfield -- and that's about twice as many as an intracity bus line needs to have in a city this size. So, with a plan that's been in the works for months but is now in front of the City Council, the transit authority hopes to cut the number of Springfield stops by more than 45 percent, to just 442. The move, said outgoing PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes, will bring some rationality to a transit layout where some stops are just 400 feet apart.

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    11. East Longmeadow Play-Doh plan puts focus on need for manufacturing employees

      East Longmeadow Play-Doh plan puts focus on need for manufacturing employees

      Making stuff out of Play-Doh is child's play. But making Play-Doh and packaging it for shipment requires giant bakery-style mixers, high-speed rollers, extruders, cutters, plastics molding machines, at least four robots and workers with the technical know-how to keep all that equipment churning away. "It's a fairly automated and complex process," said Jeff Lombard, CEO of Cartamundi East Longmeadow, which is gearing up to start making Play-Doh for toy giant Hasbro by the end of 2018. "You need people who understand mechanics, electronics, pneumatics. You have equipment integration." Hasbro contracts with Cartamundi to make its games and toys ...

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    12. Rodney Hunt liquidates tools and supplies as Orange manufacturer closes

      Rodney Hunt liquidates tools and supplies as Orange manufacturer closes

      Rodney Hunt manufactured gate valves and other large industrial parts like sluiceways for hydroelectric plants. In 2015, the company announced it would shut down completely and close its plant in the town of Orange. The company was founded in 1840 as a maker of wooden tools and simple machines. At the time of the 2015 announcement, Rodney Hunt had about 200 employees. Now, that's down to barely any workers as the factory building at 46 Mill St. is shut down, said Town Administrator Diana M. Schindler. "Now we are looking for something to replace those jobs, just like everyplace ...

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    13. Agway Home & Garden stores in Westfield, Palmer roar back to life with new owners

      Agway Home & Garden stores in Westfield, Palmer roar back to life with new owners

      Some customers at Kelly's Home & Garden early this week were looking for replacement belts to get their snowblowers up and running. Some wanted to know when the spring flowering annuals would be in stock. That's life in New England when there is a March snowstorm and life at a store that sells products and equipment for homes and gardens in the springtime like Kelly's Home & Garden in Westfield.

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    14. First CRRC employees ready to go to China

      First CRRC employees ready to go to China

      Recently hired engineers at CRRC MA Corp. in Springfield are learning about the subway cars they'll soon start building through reams of specifications and diagram after diagram. Starting next month, they'll have their hands on the real thing in the Chinese factory where they were developed. On April 7, CRRC will send four engineers, a number of production supervisors and 22 newly hired union production workers to Changchun, China, for three months of training. It's the beginning of what CRRC calls the technology transfer of its rail car design to Springfield.

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    15. CareerPoint brings job center to Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, plans to go to more schools

      CareerPoint brings job center to Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, plans to go to more schools

      CareerPoint, a Massachusetts One-Stop Career Center located nearby at 850 High St., hosted a grand opening Friday for its office at William J. Dean Technical High School. "It's OK to not know as a high school freshman what you want to do with the rest of your life," said David Gadaire, executive director of CareerPoint. "What's not OK is not wanting to do anything."

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    16. Western Mass. employers get training funds

      Western Mass. employers get training funds

      Manufacturers and one community service organization in the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires were among the 111 employers from across the state that received a total of $7.9 million in workforce training grants this week. The money, which comes from a fund to which employers contribute, will train 5,243 workers and help create an expected 522 new jobs. "Workforce training grants invest in the strength of our workers and Massachusetts' labor market," Gov. Charlie Baker said in a news release. "We are pleased these funds can assist workers in developing the skills they need to advance their careers ...

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    17. Western Massachusetts colleges host career fair March 29 in Springfield

      Western Massachusetts colleges host career fair March 29 in Springfield

      Nearly 100 companies are expected when the College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts hosts its annual career fair March 29 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on the campus of Western New England University. Employers will offer full-time and part-time employment opportunities and internships, according to a news release from Western New England. The College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts is a consortium of eight colleges in Hampden County: American International College, Bay Path University, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Western New England University and Westfield State University.

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    18. Radio Shack to close stores in Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Chicopee

      Radio Shack to close stores in Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Chicopee

      Radio Shack employees in Greater Springfield have been told that stores in West Springfield at Century Plaza, in Chicopee on Memorial Drive, at Springfield Plaza and in the Westgate Shopping Plaza in Westfield will all close by the end of this month. Stores on King Street in Northampton and in Great Barrington are the  only stores in this part of the state not scheduled to close, but their future certainly remains in doubt. The stores are corporate-owned.

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    19. Massachusetts adds 13k jobs in January, unemployment rises

      Massachusetts adds 13k jobs in January, unemployment rises

      The Massachusetts unemployment rate rose in January to 3.2 percent from 3.1 percent a month earlier, according to statistics released Thursday by the state the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Massachusetts added 13,000 jobs in January, according to those same numbers. The Jobless rate increased because the pool of those looking for work also increased. Updated local jobless numbers won't be available for a few more weeks. 

       

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    20. Poll: 77 percent of expanding businesses in Massachusetts say they would choose investing in the commonwealth all over again

      Poll: 77 percent of expanding businesses in Massachusetts say they would choose investing in the commonwealth all over again

      Companies that have relocated or expanded in Massachusetts over the past decade nearly always say they chose the Bay State because of its expert work force. And more than three-quarters, 77 percent to be exact, of those companies told pollsters from the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute and MassEcon. The survey also showed that and 64 percent rated the state as a "good" or "very good" place to do business, according to the report released on Tuesday  Forty companies relocated or expanded in Western Massachusetts, defined here as Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire counties, from 2004 through 2015. Another 21 expanded ...

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    21. Sunshine Village in Chicopee gets $2M bond

      Sunshine Village in Chicopee gets $2M bond

      MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, has issued a $2 million in tax-exempt bond on behalf of Sunshine Village Inc. Sunshine Village, which provides services to 425 adults living with disabilities, will use the money to make interior and exterior renovations to its Davis and Casey buildings, according to a news release from state Sen. Eric P. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and state Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chciopee. At the Davis Building, work will include redesigning the front entryway and installing new windows and mechanical, engineering and plumbing systems. At the Casey Building, Sunshine Village will install new insulation, painting ...

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    22. After 4 decades and $95 million renovation, grand opening date set for Springfield's Union Station

      After 4 decades and $95 million renovation, grand opening date set for Springfield's Union Station

      The general public will get its first chance in four decades to visit Springfield Union Station at a pair of special events in June.

      There will be a black tie gala celebrating the rebirth of Union Station on Saturday, June 24. An Open House for the public is scheduled to take place the next day, Sunday, June 25.  Built in 1926, Union Station closed in the 1970s. But it will soon reopen following a massive overhaul. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, hosted a walk through of the refurbished station for media members Monday afternoon. "I have always been a ...

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    23. Amid ongoing negotiations, Peter Picknelly confirms plan to move Peter Pan into Springfield's Union Station

      Amid ongoing negotiations, Peter Picknelly confirms plan to move Peter Pan into Springfield's Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will probably partially demolish and then completely remodel its bus terminal on Main Street as part of a series of moves made possible by the opening of Springfield Union Station and the redevelopment of Court Square. "It will look like a whole new building," said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines of the bus station his father opened April 1, 1969. "I can't say too much right now about the new use coming in."

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    24. Greenfield Savings Bank plans additional branches in Amherst, Northampton

      Greenfield Savings Bank plans additional branches in Amherst, Northampton

      Greenfield Savings Bank will open downtown branch offices in Amherst and Northampton by midsummer to augment branches already in those communities, the bank announced this week. The downtown Amherst location will be at 108 North Pleasant St. and the downtown Northampton office will be at 207 Main St. "The new branches will enhance convenience for our customers in both of these communities," John Howland, president of Greenfield Savings Bank, said in a news release. "This is especially true for our downtown Amherst- and Northampton-based commercial customers. Last year our commercial loan originations increased more than 20 percent and the additional ...

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