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    1. Pittsfield's Nuclea Biotechnologies to expand, create 25 jobs with state tax incentive

      Pittsfield's Nuclea Biotechnologies to expand, create 25 jobs with state tax incentive

      Nuclea Biotechnologies, a developer and maker of diagnostic tests for cancer and diabetes, has received a $510,000 state tax incentive to develop more manufacturing in Pittsfield and create 25 jobs.  “We’re exited about that it really gives us a boost,” said Patrick J. Muraca, president and chief executive officer and co-founder of Nuclea.  The jobs, he said, will involve making a new technology related to his company's diagnostic tests. The jobs will begin at $50,000 or more a year. Muraca credited state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Springfield, for his help with the incentive.

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    2. Demolition clears site for entrance to renewed Union Station in Springfield

      Demolition clears site for entrance to renewed Union Station in Springfield

      Demolition crews are wrapping up work removing an unstable parking garage on Frank B. Murray Street, making way for the new improved Springfield Union Station taking shape across the street. The property will serve as a new entrance to the planned $83 million Union Station Intermodal Transportation and Rail Center. As part of the center, the soon-to-be-vacant lot also will be the site of a surface parking lot and four bus berths. Renovations at the historic station were delayed but are on track to be completed sometime in 2015.

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    3. Massachusetts Broadband Institute completes construction and testing of fiber-optic network

      Massachusetts Broadband Institute completes construction and testing of fiber-optic network

      The Massachusetts Broadband Institute completed construction and testing last week on MassBroadband123, a 1,200-mile high-speed Internet access system that promises to bring high-speed connectivity to rural parts of the Berkshires and hill towns. The new network has been turned over to network operator Axia NG Networks USA, which uses a hub in the Springfield Technical Community College Technology Park on State Street. Many community facilities are already using the MassBroadband123 network, with hundreds more expected to come online over the next several months, the institute said.

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    4. MassMutual donates $100,000 to Rebuilding Together

      MassMutual donates $100,000 to Rebuilding Together

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company has donated $100,000 to Rebuilding Together to help families across the country repair and rebuild their homes. This is the second year that MassMutual has donated to Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit organization that provides critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States. The donation is a result of MassMutual’s ongoing efforts to encourage its retirement plan participants, employees and agents to sign up for e-delivery for their quarterly statements, sent by email and available on the company’s RetireSmart website, in the place of mailed paper statements. For every ...

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    5. State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey talks rail, Interstate 91 viaduct

      State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey talks rail, Interstate 91 viaduct

      State Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey talked passenger rail, Interstate 91 and the Willimansett Bridge Tuesday in a wide-ranging luncheon hosted by the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce.  The event also featured remarks from state Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee.  Davey said he expects all construction on all three projects, including phase one work repairing Interstate 91 near the Interstate 291 ramp, to begin in 2014 if the state Senate passes a pending authorization bill already passed by the House. That $260 million first phase also includes planning for the possibility of rebuilding the 2.5-mile stretch of highway either at ...

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    6. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces internship development challenge

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces internship development challenge

      The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has announced the launch of the 2014-2015 Internship Challenge. The workforce development program, first launched in 2009, creates hundreds of new paid internship opportunities each year throughout Massachusetts.  Eligible college students and recent graduates can apply online through the MLSC’s website for an internship with one of over 300 life sciences companies registered to host interns. Companies review candidates through a web-based interface in which they can match skills with their needs. Upon conclusion of the internship, the MLSC reimburses companies for stipends paid to their interns.

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    7. B & E Precision Aircraft Components looks to build staff, grow with industry

      B & E Precision Aircraft Components looks to build staff, grow with industry

      The machine shop, with its 103 employees, had a good 2013 and is looking for an even better years 2015 to 2020 as aircraft like those new jetliners go from design and testing to full production , according to company president Glenn Ford,. The precision machine shop is one division of the larger B & E Group which has offices in Westfield and Florida.  The machine shop is a maze of activity with robots placing parts on machine tools and people setting up the work and telling the robots what to do. Nearby are airplane parts, including a small bracket that breaks ...

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    8. Western Mass. manufacturing firms innovate and diversify to keep

      Western Mass. manufacturing firms innovate and diversify to keep

      Smaller than a pencil tip, the titanium set screw cradled in the palm of machinist David Ruest's hand is the most complicated part he makes. It's full, he said, of odd angles and bevels not to mention the tiny little Allen-wrench slot that goes at the tip. Even the ridges of the threads have to be shaped just so, or the screw won't fit into the equally tiny part where it serves to hold a slightly larger screw in place. He runs a computer-controlled machine tool at Detector Technology Inc. in Palmer, an expanding company that makes ...

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    9. Auto dealerships retool operations to create a better buying experience

      Auto dealerships retool operations to create a better buying experience

      An auto dealer needs to move a lot of metal to make back a $13 million investment in two new dealership buildings, but Thomas M. Cosenzi and Carla J. Cosenzi, brother-and-sister owners of the Tommy Car Auto Group knows that new facilities are what it takes in today's competitive auto market.  Especially if those dealerships are next to other dealerships on Northampton's King Street, an area emerging as an auto mile with new Lia dealerships, the switch of Burke from GMC trucks to the more varied Chevrolet and the relocation a year ago of Ford of Northampton to ...

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    10. Mass Mentoring Partnership meets in Springfield

      Mass Mentoring Partnership meets in Springfield

      The breakfast networking event was designed to raise awareness of the youth mentoring movement in Western Massachusetts during National Mentoring Month, and to provide attendees with information on mentoring opportunities in the city. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council Vice President and MMP Board Member Ann Burke, and United Way of Pioneer Valley Executive Director Dora Robinson were among the community leaders in attendance.

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    11. Westfield cuts ribbon for Barnes Air National Guard Base runway project as state preps for national review of military installations

      Westfield cuts ribbon for Barnes Air National Guard Base runway project as state preps for national review of military installations

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal used the occasion Friday of a ribbon-cutting at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport and Barnes Air National Guard base to tout the state's readiness for an expected round of Pentagon cutbacks.  Neal, D-Springfield, predicts another BRAC, or Base Realignment and Closure Commission review, in 2015, a process that could result in recommended cutbacks at one of Massachusetts' six military bases. It's a list that includes Barnes in Westfield and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

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    12. Downtown Holyoke building marketed as a hydropower resource

      Downtown Holyoke building marketed as a hydropower resource

      Marcos Marrero, director of planning and economic development for the city of Holyoke, said the folks behind 195 Appleton St. are not alone. Open Square developer John Aubin has long marketed Open Square, located a few blocks away, as the country’s largest zero net energy mixed-use development. Open Square generates 500 kilowatts of electricity, also using water drawn from the canals. Open Square produces more energy than it uses and feeds electricity back to the city's power grid. The city's grid itself is also green, considering Holyoke Gas & Electric's hydro and solar operations. "Clean energy is ...

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    13. Massachusetts economy grows as residents gain confidence, according to studies released by UMass and MassINC

      Massachusetts economy grows as residents gain confidence, according to studies released by UMass and MassINC

      Massachusetts real gross domestic product grew at an estimated annual rate of 5.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index.  The economic index was released Thursday by MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute based in Hadley in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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    14. Chicopee Bancorp reports 7-cent dividend

      Chicopee Bancorp reports 7-cent dividend

      Chicopee Bancorp, the holding company for Chicopee Savings Bank, declared a cash dividend of 7 cents per share for the recently-completed quarter .  This is an increase of 2 cents per share paid in the same time period last year.  The company reported net income of $670,000, or 14 cents per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2013, compared to $993,000, or 20 cents basic earnings per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2012.

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    15. Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield support modest, incremental increase in Massachusetts' minimum wage

      Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield support modest, incremental increase in Massachusetts' minimum wage

      Saying the lowest wage paid by most respondents to its survey is already above $8 an hour, the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield
      called for measured and incremental raises to the state's minimum wage. "It seemed to us that a modest increase in the wage would not adversely affect
      the large majority of our members," said Jeffrey Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers. "There was some acknowledgment that it hasn't been raised in a long time."

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    16. Dr. David Peck, general contractor Craig Sweitzer renovate former Duryea building in downtown Springfield

      Dr. David Peck, general contractor Craig Sweitzer renovate former Duryea building in downtown Springfield

      NAI Plotkin real estate brokers and property managers sold the building to Peck, President Evan Plotkin said. Plotkin said he'll keep his offices on the first floor, renting from Peck. Contractor Craig Sweitzer and his family have made a specialty out of dental offices, having built more than 70 such facilities in the Pioneer Valley over the past two decades.

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    17. Maverick Group, a document services company, celebrates 20 years in Springfield

      Maverick Group, a document services company, celebrates 20 years in Springfield

      The Maverick Group moved to the 17th floor of Tower Square in 1998 before outgrowing that space and taking a larger space on the 15th floor finally settling in approximately 2,000 square feet of space on the second floor above Champions restaurant. According to founder and owner Jose Rodriguez, the company, processed about 15,000 documents per month when they first started out. Now the Maverick Group processes more than half-a-million documents each month.

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    18. Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds

      Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds

      MassDevelopment has issued a $5 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Menck USA Inc., which does business as Menck Windows. Menck USA, which will be based in Chicopee, was formed through a partnership between Menck Fenster GmbH, a 130-year-old Hamburg, Germany, custom window and door manufacturer and Liesenfeld International. The company is using bond proceeds to buy manufacturing equipment and renovate roughly half a 150,000-square-foot Chicopee building that was vacant for several years. Menck USA expects to create 50 jobs over the next five years as a result of the project. Boston Private Bank purchased the bond and the ...

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    19. MassMutual board of directors honored by National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter

      MassMutual board of directors honored by National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter

      MassMutual's 13-member board, made up of some of the top business minds in the region, has contributed greatly to the company's success, the association said in awarding its Private Company Board of the Year award for 2014. In recent years, MassMutual recorded many new achievements: in 2012, the company acquired The Hartford Retirement Plans, nearly doubling the number of retirement participants served across the country, and its assets under management reached a record high of $508 billion. MassMutual is currently one of only two Fortune 100 companies located within Massachusetts (the other is Boston-based Liberty Mutual).

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    20. Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield taking applications for Leadership Institute

      Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield taking applications for Leadership Institute

      The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield is accepting applications are now being accepted for the 2014 session of Leadership Institute, Rethinking Leadership: Sharpening Skills for Organization and Community Service, sponsored by MassMutual Financial Group and the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation. The Leadership Institute is a unique collaboration between the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and Western New England University to teach mid and upper level managers the crucial thinking and problem solving skills needed to enable them to be effective leaders in service to the community and in their workplaces and designed to ...

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    21. Allan Blair, president and CEO of Western Mass Economic Development Council, to retire at end of 2014

      Allan Blair, president and CEO of Western Mass Economic Development Council, to retire at end of 2014

      Allan W. Blair is retiring as president and CEO of the Western Mass Economic Development Council at the end of 2014 after 18 years at the helm of the region's economic development entity.   Blair made the announcement Thursday morning, and a search committee, headed by Peter F. Straley, chairman and chief executive of Springfield-based insurer Health New England, is already set up.

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    22. Route 20 railroad bridge work continues with estimated completion date in August

      Route 20 railroad bridge work continues with estimated completion date in August

      Construction continues on the new, higher dry bridge over the CSX rail line on Route 20 here continues with traffic using a nearby temporary bridge.  The project is scheduled to be completed in August, said Michael Verseckes, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.  The $6.5 million bridge is part of a larger $25.8 million state-funded railway access project that has made it possible for efficient double-stacked freight trains to pass through Massachusetts, according to the transportation agency.  The project also includes replacement of five other bridges located on Summit Road in Richmond, Middlefield and Baystate Road in ...

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    23. Springfield's Tower Square wins building operations and management award

      Springfield's Tower Square wins building operations and management award

      The CBRE-NE Tower Square management office recently announced Tower Square 's designation as a 360 Performance Building by the Building Owners and Managers Association International. The 360 Performance program recognizes commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in building operations and management. The BOMA 360 Performance Program validates and recognizes commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in building operations and management.

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    24. Microbusiness for Inclusion and Collaborative Success launches effort

      Microbusiness for Inclusion and Collaborative Success launches effort

      Microbusiness for Inclusion and Collaborative Success, a business leadership initiative driven by UnityFirst.com’s Janine and Tom Fondon and a group of diverse business owners has been launched with the collaborative support of the MassMutual Center, Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Greater New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council.

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