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    1. Gov. Deval Patrick: economic development plans include job training, brownfields redevelopment help

      Gov. Deval Patrick: economic development plans include job training, brownfields redevelopment help

      A $100-million four-year economic development program unveiled Thursday by Gov. Deval Patrick could have a profound impact on Western Massachusetts, Patrick's secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki.  'Certainly one of the the themes of the bill is extending economic opportunity to every resident of the state,' Bialecki said in an interview Thursday afternoon, after the news conference but a few hours before the bill was filed.

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    2. State announces $54 million in Workforce Training Grants including for companies in East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Springfield, and West Springfield and West Brookfield

      State announces $54 million in Workforce Training Grants including for companies in East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Springfield, and West Springfield and West Brookfield

      Titeflex is receiving $56,025 in Workforce Training Fund to update the skills of its 109 workers and add two additional employees to its staff.  The company manufactures flexible hoses for industrial and transportation uses. Made of Teflon and often clad in protective stainless steel, Titeflex hoses flew on the Space Shuttle and fly now on new Airbus and Boeing jetliners. Titeflex hoses also carry the glue in machines that turn out disposable diapers.

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    3. Marcotte Ford plans expansion on Whiting Farms Road in Holyoke

      Marcotte Ford plans expansion on Whiting Farms Road in Holyoke

      Hemmed in at its present location, Holyoke's Marcotte Ford hopes to expand to a 19-acre Whiting Farms Road property where big-box retailers have run into opposition from neighborhood groups.  'It would need a zoning change,' said Michael Filomeno, general manager at the dealership. 'We are a different type of facility.'  There is no set timeline, Filomeno said.  'We want to do it soon. We can't grow here on Main Street,' he said. 'We can't expand here. The business is changing. The vehicles are changing, getting bigger. We have to keep up.'

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    4. Former Old Colony Envelope factory in Westfield to shut down with the loss of 200 jobs

      Former Old Colony Envelope factory in Westfield to shut down with the loss of 200 jobs

      Cenveo purchased the National Envelope out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September and it inherited master leases on six of the National Envelope factories with a company called Spirit Leasing. Those leases, which go out past the year 2020, were no longer affordable and Spirit wouldn't renegotiate, Hiltwein said.

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    5. Savage Arms lays off 37 at Westfield plant

      Savage Arms lays off 37 at Westfield plant

      ATK, the new owners of Savage Arms is laying off 37 manufacturing employees, said spokesman Tim Brandt.  'This adjustment puts us in a better position to meet current business needs.,' Brandt wrote in an email. 'We will continue to monitor this location and make adjustments as necessary. We are committed to allocating the resources needed to provide hunters and sport shooters the affordable, accurate and reliable Savage firearms they’ve enjoyed for generations.'

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    6. Frank DeMarinis of Sage Engineering buys former Masonic Temple on State Street in Springfield

      Frank DeMarinis of Sage Engineering buys former Masonic Temple on State Street in Springfield

      The elaborate former Masonic Temple at 331-339 State St. has been sold to engineer, construction contractor and real-estate developer Frank A. DeMarinis, owner of Sage Engineering & Contracting in Westfield.  'I call it a work of art,' DeMarinis said Friday. 'I've been in the engineering and construction fields for 21 years. We think of this as a great work of architecture.'

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    7. DevelopSpringfield plans spring construction at the Ansel Phelps House on Maple Street

      DevelopSpringfield plans spring construction at the Ansel Phelps House on Maple Street

      A long-neglected mansion built in 1841 for Solymon Merrick, inventor of the monkey wrench, is coming back to life with the help of DevelopSpringfield. A. John “Jay” Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield, said this week that there has been a great deal of activity at the Ansel Phelps House at 83 Maple St. despite the tough winter. The house was one of the projects highlighted in the "City on the Rise" presentation last week to the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council.

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    8. Gov. Deval Patrick: North Adams Regional Hospital too vital to close

      Gov. Deval Patrick: North Adams Regional Hospital too vital to close

      Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters at the Statehouse in Boston Wednesday he doesn't think the North Adams Regional Hospital story is over.  Patrick said state and local officials worked with management at the hospital on a deal to save North Adams Regional Hospital, its parent Northern Berkshire Health Care and more than 500 jobs, including 300 of them at the hospital itself. He said he thought a deal was imminent right up until hospital managers announced Tuesday that the hospital would begin closing immediately and be totally shut down by Friday morning.

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    9. Detector Technology in Palmer, Whip City Aviation in Westfield get incentives for growth

      Detector Technology in Palmer, Whip City Aviation in Westfield get incentives for growth

      The state announced economic development incentives Wednesday for 12 companies, including Detector Technology in Palmer and Whip City Aviation in Westfield.  The Economic Assistance Coordinating Council said n a news release that the dozen projects are expected to create 638 new jobs and retain 851 existing jobs. The projects will also leverage more than $155 million in private investment, according to a news release from the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

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      Mentions: Palmer Westfield
    10. Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative worker-owned upholstery shop brings jobs, training

      Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative worker-owned upholstery shop brings jobs, training

      Wellspring is founded as a co-op where employees like Davis will have an opportunity to become worker-owners after a year on the job, said Fred Rose, a visiting faculty member at the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst..  Organizers bankrolled Wellspring with $200,000 in grant money awarded Partners for a Healthier Community by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other capital form Springfield employers including Baystate Health , Rose said.


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    11. North Adams Regional Hospital to close Friday, according to nurses association

      North Adams Regional Hospital to close Friday, according to nurses association

      North Adams Regional Hospital has stopped admitting patients and plans to close entirely on Friday, according to officers of the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
      The Massachusetts Nurses Association represents about 100 nurses at North Adams Regional Hospital, said spokesman David Schildmeier. The hospital employs a total of about 500 and in recent years was running an annual deficit of about $2 million.

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    12. A dose of "reality", high schoolers gather at Greenfield Community College for financial literacy fair

      A dose of "reality", high schoolers gather at Greenfield Community College for financial literacy fair

      Just twenty minutes into Thursday's Reality Fair financial literacy program at Greenfield Community College and Evan Graves was already feeling the pinch.  Graves, senior at Four Rivers Public Charter School here, had chosen a career as a graphic designer in a bustling urban center. But a $41,500-a-year salary and a choice, which he soon regretted, to buy a car had him with just $600 in his checking account and a pressing need to find a roommate.

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    13. Bauza & Associates wins Best of Show at Addy awards for anti-tobacco work

      Bauza & Associates wins Best of Show at Addy awards for anti-tobacco work

      Bauza & Associates of Hartford wasn't going to enter the Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts' annual American Advertising Award, ar Addy, contest until awards chairwoman Alta J. Stark asked them.  It was good advice because Hector Bauza and his team took home Best in Show last week for their public Service announcements aimed at preventing tobacco use among Connecticut's Black and Hispanic youth.

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    14. Mercy Medical Center nears completion on a $20-million office building

      Mercy Medical Center nears completion on a $20-million office building

      Sisters of Providence Health System expects to have Mercy Medical Center's new $20 million medical office building completed sometime in the next few months, said Mark M. Fulco, senior vice president for strategy and marketing at the Sisters of Providence Health Systems.  The 75,000-square-foot building also helps to improve its location at the corner of Carew and Chestnut Streets.  'Instead of a parking lot you will heave a very attractive office building,' Fulco said

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    15. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. impressed with Putnam Vocational

      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. impressed with Putnam Vocational

      Executives from CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. interested in using Springfield as a hub for future expansion into the American market toured Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy Friday, wrapping up a week of visits to Massachusetts for the largest maker of railroad cars in the world. "I am interested in meeting my new partners," said Lu Xiwei, general manager of the Changchun which is often also referred to by the initials CNR CRC. "I'm looking for all the resources here. For us, we are going to need 200 employees and they must be well-trained and ready for the ...

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    16. City on the Rise: Springfield business leaders get overview of $2.48 billion in projects

      City on the Rise: Springfield business leaders get overview of $2.48 billion in projects

      Tax incentives provided by state and city government have resulted in $152 million in private investment and the creation of 921 jobs in the city, according to a presentation prepared by Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy.  It's part of a presentation called 'City on the Rise,' detailing $2.48 billion in recently completed and proposed construction projects. Most, if not all the projects, have been written about before, such as the 368 jobs MassMutual Financial Group moved to its State Street headquarters.

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    17. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles: Berkshires economic developer says competition will be tough for MBTA work

      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles: Berkshires economic developer says competition will be tough for MBTA work

      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles seems set on Springfield, but expect stiff competition for the $1.5 billion MBTA transit car contract prompting the Chinese company to propose a factory here.  Everybody wants a piece of the contract, and the 150 to 300 jobs it means over 10 years, said David Curtis, economic development specialist for 1Berkshire, the economic development agency for Berkshire County.

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    18. Springfield builds confidence by presenting $2.48 billion in development to

      Springfield builds confidence by presenting $2.48 billion in development to

      The city answered back its critics Tuesday night with a detailed presentation outlining $2.48 billion in construction and economic development projects either recently completed or soon to start. Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, presented the list entitled "On the Rise" in front of about 250 business leaders at City Stage downtown. It was a forum organized by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council.

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    19. Springfield could become site for Chinese manufacture of MBTA cars

      Springfield could become site for Chinese manufacture of MBTA cars

      A Chinese railroad car manufacturer wants to assemble MBTA transit cars at the 40-acre former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard and make Springfield the hub for its North American manufacturing operations.  Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. has been the largest transit car maker in the world three years running. A century ago, Springfield's Wason Manufacturing was the largest manufacturer of railroad cars and locomotives in the country.  Changchun has an option to buy the property, once put forth as the site for the Ameristar Casino, and will meet with potential contractors and local suppliers from 10 a.m. to 2 ...

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    20. Health New England's Peter Straley stepping down at pivotal point

      Health New England's Peter Straley stepping down at pivotal point

      Peter Straley, CEO of Springfield health insurer Health New England has often referenced his mother's health care plan: eat fruits and vegetables, play outside every day and do common-sense things like wearing a seat belt and brushing your teeth.  But now, heading into his retirement from Health New England April 4, he references camping advice from his father: you have to leave the campsite better than you found it.  'Gather more firewood than you need in case it's raining when the next people come and they need a fire right away,' Straley, who is turning 60, said this ...

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    21. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, of Springfield, reacts to additional Union Station funding provided by state

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, of Springfield, reacts to additional Union Station funding provided by state

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, commented Thursday after the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Board of Directors designated another $16.5 million for the renovation of Springfield's Union Station.  Neal is a longtime champion of the project going back to his days as a City Council member. He had the city take ownership of the property when he served as mayor.

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    22. UMass President Robert L. Caret says perfomance review will help strengthen all five campuses

      UMass President Robert L. Caret says perfomance review will help strengthen all five campuses

      The report looks at all five campuses together as a whole and covers almost every aspect of the University's operations. Everything got one of four grades: excellent progress, good progress, some progress or limited progress. None of the 21 categories got a "limited progress", a fact that Caret, who took office in 2011, said he knows will open the process up to criticism. "These are subjective," he said. "But I sat in on the meetings were these were evaluated and we took a look at every category, particularly those that got "some progress and "good progress" to see if ...

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    23. VertitechIT thrilled to grow in new home in Holyoke's Open Square

      VertitechIT thrilled to grow in new home in Holyoke's Open Square

      A year ago, Michael Feld, CEO of VertitechIT, had to be talked into looking at potential office space in Holyoke's Open Square. He'd heard all the knocks on Holyoke. But his company was growing and needed space, inexpensive space but edgy, attractive space that fit with the company's high-tech work as information technology experts for businesses, especially venture capitalists and hospitals eager to cut costs and comply with electronic medical records requirements.

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