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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Macy's selling closed Eastfield Mall location in Springfield

      Macy's selling closed Eastfield Mall location in Springfield

      Macy's has put its former store in the Eastfield Mall up for sale, part of a nationwide effort by the beleaguered retailer to dump its closed or soon-to-be-closed stores. The Eastfield Mall space, once a suburban location of Springfield's beloved Steiger's Department Store, is owned by Macy's. That means it has separate ownership from the mall to which it is attached. A sales brochure posted on the real estate website LoopNet this week does not include an asking price. But the advertising piece, embedded below, does describe the store. It totals 127,000 square feet on ...

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    4. MassDevelopment readies Springfield's former Skyplex for new restaurants

      MassDevelopment readies Springfield's former Skyplex for new restaurants

      MassDevelopment is cleaning out and renovating the former Skyplex nightclub at 8-12 Stearns Square as it continues to look for a business, or businesses, to take over the space. "Let's get the building's bones in good shape so as we identify tenants we can begin to work with them on modifications for their use," said Zach Greene, senior vice president of asset management at MassDevelopment. "We have had a number of conversations with a lot of prospective tenants." Greene wouldn't comment specific prospective tenants.

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    5. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Smith College will receive nearly half a million dollars for its life sciences facilities, one of several Massachusetts colleges and high schools to receive state grants focused on science and technology. The $497,000 grant will pay for advanced instrumentation for two research centers, allowing Smith to train life sciences majors with state-of-the-art technology, according to the state. The purchases will also ground Smith's outreach endeavors to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 in practices relevant to the newest discoveries.

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    6. Bradley International hopes to grow to a 10 million-passenger airport

      Bradley International hopes to grow to a 10 million-passenger airport

      Bradley International Airport saw more than 6 million passengers in 2016 and could grow to 10 million passengers annually within the next few years, according to Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. That's with or without the addition of casino gambling, a proposal that seems to have stalled for the airport, which is located about a half-hour's drive south of Springfield, where the MGM Springfield casino is under construction. Bradley had just under 5 million arriving and departing passengers in 2015. The increase reflects not only more people on existing flights but also new flights ...

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    7. Make Springfield-Boston rail a priority, says Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

      Make Springfield-Boston rail a priority, says Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

      Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a supporter of passenger rail in his state, is now advocating for enhanced rail service from from Springfield through Worcester and onto Boston."Improved transportation connections will only strengthen our communities and increase economic growth significantly," Malloy wrote in a Jan. 30 letter to Massachusetts Gov. Charley Baker. "It is my hope that Massachusetts will consider adding this vital link for the Knowledge Corridor to Hartford, New Haven and New York City with frequent and reliable service to Boston."

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    8. State incentives in the offing as more companies, communities adopt solar power

      State incentives in the offing as more companies, communities adopt solar power

      Sullivan Paper's 212,000-square-foot converting plant in East Longmeadow has employees and machines making the company work and more than 1,000 solar panels on the roof giving them the electricity to do so. At 788 kilowatts, the solar farm installed late in 2016 has more than enough juice to power the factory and will sell power back to grid if the plant doesn't need it, company executive vice president Edward Sullivan says. A $1.8 million investment, the company expects a payback on its investment in 5.5 years, according to Sullivan. That's what happens, he ...

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    9. Smith & Wesson broadens business with new name, product lines

      Smith & Wesson broadens business with new name, product lines

      Smith & Wesson, one of the world's largest manufacturers of firearms and Springfield's largest manufacturing employer, might have a new name, but the core of the business is what it has always been: making and selling firearms. Smith & Wesson switched its corporate name to American Outdoor Brands in December. The name on the firearms won't change, but the official name of the holding company has. Increasingly Smith & Wesson is relying on assault-type modern sporting rifles for sales as it starts to navigate a firearms marketplace with a Republican in the White House. When Democrats are in power, many ...

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    10. Springfield's Union Station preps to reopen after 4 decades dormant

      Springfield's Union Station preps to reopen after 4 decades dormant

      Ask U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal about Springfield's Union Station and he's likely to tell of being brought there as a little boy to get an ice cream treat at the soda fountain. Even though the glory years of train travel had likely faded by that point, Neal remembers how busy the station was, with travelers and employees rushing to meet trains, hauling baggage or dropping off and picking up packages. It was the shopping mall of its day, with a barber shop and a newsstand. It was, as he reminds visitors, where most visitors got their ...

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    11. Springfield factory, still under construction, on track to supply nation's rail cars

      Springfield factory, still under construction, on track to supply nation's rail cars

      With 204,000 square feet of space -- that's more than three and a half football fields -- the massive CRRC rail car manufacturing plant nearing completion on Page Boulevard in East Springfield is the largest industrial development the city has seen in generations. And the Chinese executives planning the $95 million facility say they hope to someday build a second and similarly sized plant right next to it if demand for transit, light rail and intercity rail passenger cars in North America is as strong as they expect it to become. Jia Bo, CRRC MA vice president, casually mentioned that ...

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    12. West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism, business

      West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism, business

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts unveiled their new branding identity -- West Mass -- Tuesday night at an event at Open Square in Holyoke. The EDC and the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau spent $80,000 on the effort, money collected from member businesses. The visitors bureau receives state grant money as well. "We have jobs that go unfilled. We have a lower cost of living than some of our competitors. We who live here know that this region has a lot going for it," said Richard K. Sullivan, president and CEO of ...

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    13. Balise buys Springfield office building, vacant lots from HAP Housing, adding to holdings in South End

      Balise buys Springfield office building, vacant lots from HAP Housing, adding to holdings in South End

      Jeb Balise, CEO of West Springfield-based Balise Motor Sales, responded to questions about the purchase Monday without saying what the company plans to do with the property it has collected. "We take great pride in being a fourth-generation Springfield business. We are committed to being a part of Springfield's renaissance and our investments are to ensure that the South End of Springfield is a part of it," Balise said in a written statement. "We have no specific plans at this time other than continuing to work with the South End Citizens' Council and leadership in the city to help ...

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    14. Planet Fitness to open in former Circuit City location in Springfield

      Planet Fitness to open in former Circuit City location in Springfield

      Western Massachusetts Planet Fitness franchisee Steve Rondeau plans to open his ninth location in the former Circuit City location at Parker Street and Boston Road in Springfield on Feb. 27. The gym, which has the address 510 Parker St., will take up a little more than half the space once occupied by the  former electronics retailer. The space is currently under renovation. "We chose that location based on the highly desirable demographics and traffic counts of the site, as well as the proximity to the surrounding communities -- Ludlow, Wilbraham and East Longmeadow," Rondeau wrote in an email. "We feel the ...

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    15. Greentown Labs Springfield office acts as 'matchmaker' between tech and manufacturers

      Greentown Labs Springfield office acts as 'matchmaker' between tech and manufacturers

      Until recently, the researchers in Somerville had no way of knowing the machinists in Westfield exist. That's where Adam Rodrigues, manufacturing fellow for the Greentown Springfield Manufacturing Initiative, comes in. He started the new job Jan. 3. It's part of a one-year pilot program funded by $150,000 in grant money from the Davis Foundation, MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Center for Clean Energy. His job is part of a partnership announced last year between Greentown Labs and the Springfield Technology Park.  His office is in the technology park on Federal St.

       
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    16. Super Bowl LI, Patriots vs. Falcons: Hazen Paper of Holyoke again makes gameday program shine

      Super Bowl LI, Patriots vs. Falcons: Hazen Paper of Holyoke again makes gameday program shine

      Family-owned Hazen once again created the 3-D holographic image of the Vince Lombardi Trophy that graces the cover of the official in-stadium gameday program. In this year's image, the familiar Lombardi Trophy emerges in three dimensions from the roman numerals LI, representing the 51st Super Bowl game. The background is a starry night sky with a blue-green background that only comes out as the program is tilted into the light.

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    17. MassDevelopment announces $12.3 million in loans for E. Henry Twiggs Estates in Springfield

      MassDevelopment announces $12.3 million in loans for E. Henry Twiggs Estates in Springfield

      MassDevelopment has issued a $12.3 million tax-exempt bond to finance the purchase and rehabilitation of 75 units of affordable housing and a community center in Springfield's Mason Square neighborhood. BH EHT I LLC, an affiliate of Better Homes Inc., is updating electrical wiring, HVAC systems and plumbing, installing new windows, doors, roofs, flooring and exterior wall insulation and making kitchen improvements, according to a press release from MassDevelopment. BH EHT I LLC will also buy and renovate a vacant commercial building at 437 Bay St. for community and office space serving the housing complex.

       
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    18. Massachusetts manufacturers graduate from Valley Venture Mentors accelerator with eye toward being the best in the world

      Massachusetts manufacturers graduate from Valley Venture Mentors accelerator with eye toward being the best in the world

      Showing off products ranging from parts for the Mars Rover to plastic models of the human gallbladder used for training surgeons, seven manufactures from around the Pioneer Valley graduated Monday night from Valley Venture Mentors Manufacturing Accelerator program with clearer paths toward growth. "It's about making our customers happy. It's about keeping the work here. It's about saving it from going overseas," said graduate Susan M. Kasa, president of Boulevard Machine and Gear in Springfield, which has 22 employees. "Sometimes, in the day-to-day running of a business, you take things for granted. We learned to not take ...

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    19. MassBenchmarks: Labor shortage slows state economy

      MassBenchmarks: Labor shortage slows state economy

      A shortage of well-trained workers for in-demand jobs is slowing growth in the Massachusetts economy, according to a report out Friday from MassBenchmarks. Massachusetts' real gross domestic product grew at an estimated annual rate of 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index. That is contrasted with an estimated 1.9 percent during the same period nationally. MassBenchmarks is a quarterly study of the state economy prepared by economists working with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released the national GDP estimates Friday.

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    20. Springfield officials reveal first 3 businesses to sign leases for $94 million renovated Union Station

      Springfield officials reveal first 3 businesses to sign leases for $94 million renovated Union Station

      Dunkin' Donuts, Subway sandwiches and a Commuter Variety newsstand shop are the first three retail tenants committed to opening in Springfield's Union Station. Union Station is expected to open in April. City officials from the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Union Station booster U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal made the announcement Thursday after taking a group of veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers' Home on a tour of the recently rehabilitated station.

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    21. Bradley International Airport adds Spirit Airlines flights to South Carolina, Florida

      Bradley International Airport adds Spirit Airlines flights to South Carolina, Florida

      Ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines announced Wednesday that it will begin nonstop service from Bradley International Airport to three locations in the South Atlantic states. Starting April 27, Spirit Airlines will offer nonstop service between Bradley and Orlando International Airport in Florida and Myrtle Beach International Airport in South Carolina. Spirit will also commence daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport June 15.

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    22. New Springfield RMV opens Monday

      New Springfield RMV opens Monday

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Monday will open its new Springfield Registry of Motor Vehicles office in a former movie theater in the Springfield Plaza at 1250 St. James Ave. Chuck Irving, president of Davenport Properties, which is one of the owners of Springfield Plaza, said he expects the office to get its certificate of occupancy Friday. The certificate of occupancy is the final hurdle to clear before opening. The office replaces an office at 165 Liberty St. long considered inadequate, outmoded and landlocked with insufficient parking. The state is not planning to host a ceremony Monday.

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    23. STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns

      STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns

      The No. 1 challenge Massachusetts employers face is their need for skilled employees. On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito met with leaders from local government, education and industry to recruit more of those employers to host high school and college interns in the STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- fields. She also announced that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will now host interns. "Today's discussion is really about talent," said David Cruise, president of the Hampden County Regional Employment Board. "Talent is the differentiator."

       
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