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    1. CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      Technicians at the Great Boston transit system's rail yard are test driving Springfield's future. The prototype Orange Line cars represent a step toward greater reliability and frequency of service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. What's more, the cars carry with them the hopes CRRC, the largest manufacturer of railroad rolling stock in the world, holds for expanding into the North American market. The prototype cars going through "dynamic" -- meaning moving -- testing this month at the MBTA's Wellington station in Medford were built by CRRC in China.

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    2. Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Bankrupt Southworth Paper Co. is selling its Agawam plant for $1.88 million to investors from Adams. The city of Agawam has first claim on $140,000 it's owed by Southworth. Papers field this week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield detail the sale. Southworth needed court permission to transfer its assets after filing in September for federal bankruptcy protection. Southworth abruptly shut down its operations in August 2017, saying it could no longer get financing. The company, in business for 178 years, had 120 employees in Agawam, the Turners Falls section of Montague, and Seattle.

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    3. Cambridge College, MGM Springfield launch hospitality training program

      Cambridge College, MGM Springfield launch hospitality training program

      Cambridge College's Tower Square campus is the first school in Massachusetts certified to offer classroom pre-apprenticeship training in hospitality under a program it designed with the help of MGM Springfield. Apprenticeships as a way of training people for careers make most people think of the construction trades -- for example plumbing, carpentry, steelworking -- said William McKinney, director of the division of labor standards for the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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    4. UnitedBank opens new downtown Springfield branch at Monarch Place

      UnitedBank opens new downtown Springfield branch at Monarch Place

      Saying it wanted a presence in the heart of Springfield's financial district, United Bank opened its new branch Monday in the Monarch Place office and hotel tower at Main Street and Boland Way in Springfield. Monday was the first day of operations at the new branch office. The bank's former downtown Springfield office a few blocks away on State Street has already closed.

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    5. Sears to close another Massachusetts store; see list of all 64 Kmart, 39 Sears stores included in 1st round of 2018 closings

      Sears to close another Massachusetts store; see list of all 64 Kmart, 39 Sears stores included in 1st round of 2018 closings

      This round of shutdowns once again spares Sears stores in the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside as well as Kmart locations on Route 5 in Holyoke and on Wilbraham Street (Route 20) in Palmer. Sears already announced in November its plans to shut down the Sears store in the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough later this month. Sears isn't saying how many people will lose jobs in the closures. But workers will have the ability to apply for jobs at other Sears and Kmart locations.

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    6. MGM Springfield jobs: Casino Career Training Institute announces information, registration sessions

      MGM Springfield jobs: Casino Career Training Institute announces information, registration sessions

      Job seekers looking to get trained for table-game jobs at the new MGM Springfield casino are invited to attend a series of information sessions and Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute registration dates over then next few months. The first session is set for Friday at the Quaboag Region Workforce Training and Community College Center, 79 Main St., Ware.

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    7. Eversource cuts planned Western Massachusetts electric rate increase, citing new federal tax law

      Eversource cuts planned Western Massachusetts electric rate increase, citing new federal tax law

      In Western Massachusetts, the former Western Massachusetts Electric Co. territory, Eversource said the tax cut works out to a savings of $8.3 million a year. State regulators in November authorized Eversource to increase the total amount it intends to raise from customers by 24.8 million a year. Eversource now plans an increase of only $16.5 million a year. In other parts of the state, the former NStar service territory, the savings is $47.6 million a year and the $35.4 million-a-year increase would change to a $12.2 million-a-year decrease.

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    8. Springfield Plaza owner sees new tenants in Kmart spot in '18

      Springfield Plaza owner sees new tenants in Kmart spot in '18

      An owner of Springfield Plaza expects to have one or more new tenants in the shopping center's former Kmart space sometime in 2018. But don't expect one big major retailer to take the entire 70,000-square-foot space occupied by the discount retailer until this fall. Charles Irving, a principal of Springfield Plaza co-owner Davenport Companies, said this week that retail has changed, and the demand now is for smaller spaces.

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    9. 'Most of the growth is to the east': Springfield gains jobs, but unemployment rate stays well above Worcester and Boston

      'Most of the growth is to the east': Springfield gains jobs, but unemployment rate stays well above Worcester and Boston

      Unemployment remained higher last month in Springfield than in Massachusetts' two other major cities, Worcester and Boston. Springfield had an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent in November, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. By contrast, Worcester had an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, and Boston was lower still at 3 percent.

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    10. Springfield preps image campaign: 'This is our story. If we don't tell our story, no one else will.'

      Springfield preps image campaign: 'This is our story. If we don't tell our story, no one else will.'

      It will take up to $2 million to fund an "image campaign" promoting the city both here and across the Northeast, officials said in a fundraising pitch Thursday. "This is our story. If we don't tell our story, no one else will," said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. "It's not smoke and mirrors. This is real good news we have to share." Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief economic development officer, pointed to economic development in the city that includes the new CRRC rail car plant in East Springfield.

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    11. MBTA gets first CRRC Orange Line test car; production to begin at Springfield plant in April

      MBTA gets first CRRC Orange Line test car; production to begin at Springfield plant in April

      The first CRRC-built prototype Orange Line subway car arrived at the MBTA on Wednesday, the greater Boston transit agency announced in a tweet. This car was built in China, but when regular production of the Orange Line and Red Line subway cars begins, probably in April, the cars will be assembled in Springfield.

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    12. MassHousing to finance $10.8 million to rehab 61 apartments in Springfield's Mason Square neighborhood

      MassHousing to finance $10.8 million to rehab 61 apartments in Springfield's Mason Square neighborhood

      "MassHousing's partnership with TD Bank, and Home City Development, will preserve a key affordable housing resource in Springfield," said MassHousing Acting Executive Director Tom Lyons. "Safe, modern, affordable housing supports healthy families. By delivering major renovations to the interiors and exteriors of the E. Henry Twiggs Estates properties, this project will dramatically improve the quality of life enjoyed by the residents of the Twiggs Estates, and support the revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood."

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    13. IHOP at Five Town Plaza in Springfield set to open

      IHOP at Five Town Plaza in Springfield set to open

      The IHOP restaurant at the Five Town Plaza in the Sixteen Acres neighborhood will open Tuesday at 7 a.m. A formal grand opening is set for Jan. 19, said Jaleel Rahman, manager for the Rocky Hill, Connecticut-based Dine In Group that owns the franchise. The restaurant is in an out parcel at the plaza, located at 300 Cooley St. near Bicentennial Highway. The building it will occupy first housed a twin movie theater and most recently a AAA office.

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    14. Snapchef trains, transports and employs chefs while filling needs of Massachusetts kitchens

      Snapchef trains, transports and employs chefs while filling needs of Massachusetts kitchens

      If chicken soup cures everything, the chicken soup simmering at Snapchef on Worthington Street in Springfield just might be part of the cure for Springfield's persistent workforce problems. The culinary training program is helping people who need jobs but lack skills -- or formal proof that they have skills -- as well as employers who have jobs to fill but can't find a qualified candidate. "We are not your typical employment agency," said Todd Snopkowski, founder and CEO of Snapchef. "We are not your typical job training agency. We combine the two."

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    15. Construction begins on Baystate Health and Wellness Center Longmeadow

      Construction begins on Baystate Health and Wellness Center Longmeadow

      The $11 million, 54,000-square-foot medical office building at the intersection of Benton Drive, Maple Street, Williams Street and Dwight Road is one part of a multi-step development process. Crowley also plans to build an office building next door for a variety of tenants, not necessarily doctors. Road work and a rebuilt nursing home at the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center are also planned.

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    16. DevelopSpringfield closes sale of former River Inn site on State Street to Pride Stores

      DevelopSpringfield closes sale of former River Inn site on State Street to Pride Stores

      DevelopSpringfield said Friday that it has closed the sale of the former River Inn site at 700 State St. to Pride Stores, which will build a 5,500-square-foot "Super Pride" with a food court, Subway sandwich shop and Pride Bakery cafe. For Pride Stores CEO Robert Bolduc said the location in the heart of the McKnight and Old Hill neighborhoods will fill the same neighborhood market role as his 7-year-old location on West Street in the city's similarly hardscrabble Brightwood neighborhood.

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    17. Manufacturing training offered in Chicopee, Palmer and Westfield

      Manufacturing training offered in Chicopee, Palmer and Westfield

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is looking for people interested in studying advanced manufacturing. The state awarded the Regional Employment Board $207,900 in October to offer workforce training programs. There is no cost to the trainees, according to the Regional Employment Board. Training begins in January at Westfield Technical Academy, Chicopee Comprehensive High School and Pathfinder Regional Vocational High School in Palmer.  Classes are Mondays through Thursdays and the program lasts five weeks. Training is from 3:30-7:30 p.m. in Westfield and Palmer and from 4-8 p.m. in Chicopee.

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    18. Springfield-New Haven rail line debuting in 2018 topic of talk at Springfield Library

      Springfield-New Haven rail line debuting in 2018 topic of talk at Springfield Library

      Potential passengers or those who are simply curious can learn more about CTrail, the commuter passenger train service the Connecticut Department of Transportation will launch next year, at a talk on Wednesday evening. The rail advocacy organization Trains In The Valley is sponsoring the talk by Hartford Line project manager John E. Bernick on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Central Library. Trains In the Valley is asking people to register at trainsinthevalley.eventbrite.com.

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    19. Springfield Macarons opens in Eastfield Mall, and the French cookies are selling like hotcakes

      Springfield Macarons opens in Eastfield Mall, and the French cookies are selling like hotcakes

      Jennifer Cruz, of Springfield, says she was always the woman who brought the baked treats in to her office. Now, baking is her business, and business is so good she has opened the Springfield Macarons store in the Eastfield Mall after about a year of selling the French meringue cookies at farmers markets in and around Springfield. Why macarons? "I was looking for that one thing that you can't find in Springfield," she said of the pastel-colored treats available in a variety of flavors. "You can't find them for miles. These things don't stop selling. So it ...

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    20. Springfield's Union Station wins national environmental award for brownfield redevelopment

      Springfield's Union Station wins national environmental award for brownfield redevelopment

      The Phoenix Awards Institute has recognized Springfield Union Station as the best example of brownfield redevelopment in the county for 2017. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, the driving force behind the station's $95-million rehabilitation into a modern intermodal transportation hub, gathered Monday with city officials to celebrate the award. The Phoenix Awards were announced at the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

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    21. Big Y plans to open $5 million Derby, Conn., store in 2019

      Big Y plans to open $5 million Derby, Conn., store in 2019

      Big Y Foods Inc. plans to open a 60,000-square-foot supermarket in Derby, Connecticut, sometime in 2019, according to a news release issued Thursday. The new store, the Springfield-based chain's eighth in New Haven County, represents a $5 million investment and will be part of a 177,000-square-foot shopping center being redeveloped at 656 New Haven Ave. The new location is 60 miles from Springfield, a 90-minute drive. The new Big Y means 150 full- and part-time jobs, according to a news release.

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    22. MGM Springfield, Hcc, Stcc take applications for table games school

      MGM Springfield, Hcc, Stcc take applications for table games school

      More than 30 prospective dealers, croupiers and table games employees filled out their applications Wednesday for the new Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Institute even as a press conference introducing the school was still going on behind them. Ethan Thomas, 21, of Belchertown, works at golf courses and just took a job on a restaurant waitstaff.  "I'm interested in finding a new career in the casino that is coming to town," Thomas said. "I'm excited."

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    23. Way Finders (formerly HAPHousing) to spend $13 million to turn Peter Pan bus station in Springfield into 'housing center of the future'

      Way Finders (formerly HAPHousing) to spend $13 million to turn Peter Pan bus station in Springfield into 'housing center of the future'

      Housing services nonprofit Way Finders will spend $13 million to buy and rehabilitate the former Peter Pan Bus Terminal at 1776 Main St into what president and CEO Peter Gagliardi called the "housing center of the future." Gagliardi, Peter Pan Chairman Peter A. Picknelly, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and others gathered at the recently closed bus terminal Monday to provide details about the project, which includes a $2.75 million purchase price for the property. The sale follows Peter Pan's decision to move its offices into Union Station, which the bus line already uses as a hub and base ...

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    24. Seen@ Mercedes-Benz of Springfield's grand opening reception

      Seen@ Mercedes-Benz of Springfield's grand opening reception

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield has only been open since October and already its service department is busy enough to schedule appointments out into the following week. "I think we are pleasantly surprised in the level of demand in sales and service," said Michelle Wirth, one of the dealership's owners. "We are definitely outperforming our expectations which is a pleasant surprise."

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