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    1. Associated Industries of Massachusetts: 2013 a 'lost year' for state economy

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts: 2013 a 'lost year' for state economy

      Employers' confidence in the Massachusetts economy remained unchanged in December, closing the year barely better than neutral after what the Associated Industries of Massachusetts called a 'lost year' of little overall progress.  'It's better than it was a year before, but last December was an awful month with the fiscal cliff facing us,' said Andre Mayer, senior advisor for Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a statewide business group that does the monthly confidence surveys. 'We had our ups and downs, basically ending up back where we were. The downs appear to be the result of fiscal policy deadlock in Washington.'

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    2. Springfield Hampton Inn & Suites to feature 87 rooms on East Columbus Avenue site

      Springfield Hampton Inn & Suites to feature 87 rooms on East Columbus Avenue site

      The 87-room Hampton Inn and Suites under construction at 851 East Columbus Ave. should be open by July or August, says developer Dinesh Patel.  The hotel is being built on the former site of Balise Hyundai on a 1.4 acre lot at a cost of $4.4 million. It is near the area proposed as a site for the MGM Resorts International casino.  Patel said it is a perfect location for a hotel with great visibility from Interstate 91.

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    3. One-stop shop: Detector Technology in Palmer looks to create 'manufacturing mall'

      One-stop shop: Detector Technology in Palmer looks to create 'manufacturing mall'

      Jay Ray, president and CEO of Detector Technology Inc., likens his company's expansion project to a manufacturing mall. Think of storefronts, he said, lining the perimeter of a precision machine shop. Each storefront, each distinct physical space in the plant, run by and representing a critical step or aspect of manufacturing, development and assembling highly technical products.

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    4. Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield hopes to relocate manufacturing to old GE site from Cambridge

      Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield hopes to relocate manufacturing to old GE site from Cambridge

      Nuclea Biotechnologies, a developer and maker of diagnostic tests for cancer and diabetes, hopes to move manufacturing operations from Cambridge to the Berkshires. The new location would be near Nuclea's current headquarters in what was once General Electric's sprawling Pittsfield manufacturing complex. Today it is the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority property now known as the William Stanley Business Park.

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    5. Square One, United Personnel help mothers enter job market with Mom Squad training program

      Square One, United Personnel help mothers enter job market with Mom Squad training program

      United Personnel also brings recruiters into a Square One child-care center for a job fair, followed by practice interviews and resume help. It also allows Mom Squad participants to go through the company's assessment tests and figure out what kind of jobs they are good at.

      "Job hunting is lonely these days because so much of it is on the Internet," she said.

      And there are jobs out there, Canavan said.

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    6. Menck Windows in Chicopee, Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Titan Roofing in Springfield and Mestek in Westfield get tax incentives for growth

      Menck Windows in Chicopee, Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Titan Roofing in Springfield and Mestek in Westfield get tax incentives for growth

      Four Western Massachusetts companies, including three manufacturers, are getting tax incentives to encourage investment and job creation, the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development said Thursday.  And one of the four, Menck Windows of Chicopee brings an entirely new business to the region, according to the news release  The other three are Mestek Inc., a maker of heating and cooling equipment in Westfield, Berkshire Mountain Distillers Inc. in Sheffield and Titan Roofing in Springfield.

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    7. Regional Employment Board of Hampden County puts David Cruise at the helm

      Regional Employment Board of Hampden County puts David Cruise at the helm

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County named David M. Cruise as its new president and CEO at its annual meeting on Wednesday.  Cruise had been the Regional Employment Board's director of Business and Employment Services.  The Regional Employment Board brings together educational institutions, industry and government to improve work-readiness and economic opportunity with an annual budget of $12.3 million in state and federal funding.

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    8. Belt Technologies, other local employers, take advantage of Workforce Training Initiatives

      Belt Technologies, other local employers, take advantage of Workforce Training Initiatives

      Belt Technologies, a manufacturer of stainless steel belts, pulleys and conveyors with 35 employees at its Agawam factory and headquarters, is one of several local companies taking advantage of the latest round of state Workforce Training Initiatives.  Belt Technologies, which received $75,897 to train 31 employes and create three new jobs, is one of 39 Massachusetts companies looking to train 3,273 workers and hire 242 with a total of $3.7 million announced last week by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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    9. Southworth's Paperlogic unit in Turners Falls looks for new paper markets

      Southworth's Paperlogic unit in Turners Falls looks for new paper markets

      Mike Bilodeau, director of the process development center at the University of Maine at Orono. Southworth and Paperlogic are working with Bilodeau's team and with researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst . For most of its life, the Southworth Co. mill on the power canal here was Esleeck Paper Co. and famous for its onionskin typing paper. Onionskin was tough, translucent and lightweight, perfect for the emerging technologies: the typewriter, carbon paper and airmail. Try finding it on an office-supply shelf today. "Nobody uses carbon paper anymore," said Ken Schelling, mill manger for the Southworth Co. "So they ...

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    10. F.L. Roberts to complete car wash in Springfield's South End by end of December

      F.L. Roberts to complete car wash in Springfield's South End by end of December

      Local chain F.L. Roberts hopes to open a new Golden Nozzle Car was location on East Columbus Avenue in the city 's South End by the end of December. Steven M. Roberts, chief executive officer and president of F.L. Roberts, said the company might close a nearby car wash when the new one opens, but the decision is not final. FL Roberts already has a nearby Mobil gas station.

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    11. Valley Gives closes in on $1 million, drums up support in Downtown Springfield

      Valley Gives closes in on $1 million, drums up support in Downtown Springfield

      Valley Gives, the 24-hour regional e-philanthropy event, closed in on $1 million in donations at midday. That's halfway toward the event's $2 million goal for the daylong fundraiser online at www.http://valleygives.razoo.com and with major presences on social media including Facebook and Twitter at @valleygives.  Cindy Merrill of Wilbraham said she noticed that there were more donors registered on the site today compared with when she donated last year for the first Valley Gives day.

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    12. Smith & Wesson announces sales up 2 percent from this time last year

      Smith & Wesson announces sales up 2 percent from this time last year

      Smith & Wesson announced Tuesday net sales of $139.3 million for the quarter ended Oct. 31, up 2 percent compared with the same period a year ago when sales were $136.5 million.  The company's stock rose 6 percent in after-hours trading to about $12.79 per share from $12.12 a share at the stock market's close. Smith & Wesson stock is up 44 percent on the year

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    13. Greater Springfield Reliability Project is completed | masslive.com

      Greater Springfield Reliability Project is completed | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Reliability Project - a major transmission upgrade to improve reliability in the region - is now complete, Western Massachusetts Electric Co. announced.  Connecticut Light & Power and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. finished the project both on-time and under budget, despite challenging storms that included Superstorm Sandy and the blizzard of 2013.

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    14. Holyoke Community College expands accelerated course offerings for spring

      Holyoke Community College expands accelerated course offerings for spring

      Holyoke Community College has expanded its offerings of accelerated courses for the spring 2014 semester.  Shorter in length than traditional classes, accelerated courses take only seven weeks to complete for a full semester’s worth of college credits.  During Fall 2013 semester, for the first time, HCC offered two seven-week accelerated classes, Principles of Marketing and Principles of Management.

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    15. Springfield's A.G. Miller continues proud century-old tradition of metal fabricating, but needs help getting trained staff

      Springfield's A.G. Miller continues proud century-old tradition of metal fabricating, but needs help getting trained staff

      When A.G. Milller started in the metal fabrication business in Springfield nearly 100 years ago, its customers were automobile manufacturers Knox and Stevens-Duryea.
      'In the 1920s our largest customer was Rolls-Royce when they made cars here in Springfield,' said Rick Miller, the current owner of A.G. Miller and grandson of the company founder. 'We did the fenders and door panels for them. It has always been the precision higher-end of sheet metal fabricating.'

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    16. Classic Burger plans to open at former Friendly's location on Westfield Street in West Springfield

      Classic Burger plans to open at former Friendly's location on Westfield Street in West Springfield

      The color, says prospective restaurateur Barry Parker, is '57 Chevy Blue. That's the hue he chose for the exterior of his new restaurant, Classic Burger, set to open in early March in a former Friendly's location at 1261 Westfield Street in West Springfield. It's part of a classic car theme Parker is working on, a theme that will include booths made from chassis of actual classic cars, a seating bench made from a '56 Buick and one made from an old Pepsi ice-chest-style vending machine.

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    17. Regional Employment Board of Hampden County receives $444,000 for precision manufacturing training program

      Regional Employment Board of Hampden County receives $444,000 for precision manufacturing training program

      The state has granted $444,208 to support the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County's Precision Manufacturing Training Program, according to a news release issued last week. The grant is part of a larger program. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki announced four awards totaling more than $1.3 million to support regional programs to train unemployed and underemployed individuals, including veterans, for careers in the state’s advanced manufacturing industry.

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    18. Springfield Technical Community College in midst of $11 million heating and air conditioning project

      Springfield Technical Community College in midst of $11 million heating and air conditioning project

      New heating plants as well as a new low-pressure central steam plant are in place at Springfield Technical Community College and workers are now installing a new air conditioning plant as part of an $11 million heating, ventilating and air-conditioning project at the school. The state-funded project is meant to address the failure two years ago of the college's old central steam plant, said Maureen E. Socha, senior director of facilities at the college.

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    19. Baystate Health president and CEO Mark Tolosky to step down; Dr. Mark Keroack named successor

      Baystate Health president and CEO Mark Tolosky to step down; Dr. Mark Keroack named successor

      Mark R. Tolosky, 62, is retiring from his post as president and CEO of Baystate Health and will be succeeded July 1 by Dr. Mark A. Keroack.  Keroack, a Springfield native, currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Baystate. He returned to Springfield to work at Baystate in 2011 having worked most recently at University HealthSystem Consortium in Oak Brook, Ill.

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    20. Population in Lower Pioneer Valley expected to fall as people age, according

      Population in Lower Pioneer Valley expected to fall as people age, according

      By 2015 there will likely be more people dying than being born in the Lower Pioneer Valley, contributing along with the outmigration of aging baby boomers to a steady decline in population that will likely challenge the region and its economy. "The implications are statewide and nationwide," said Susan Strate, manager of the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute Population Estimates Program in Hadley.

       

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    21. Survey: Massachusetts business confidence rebounds in November, but government dysfunction keeps holding it back

      Survey: Massachusetts business confidence rebounds in November, but government dysfunction keeps holding it back

      Employers across Massachusetts gained confidence in the economy in November, but it appears to be a continuation of an up-and-down seesaw of sentiment and not evidence of sustained improvement, according to Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  'We just don't reach liftoff,' said Andre Mayer, senior adviser for Associated Industries , saying that ongoing budget squabbles in Washington stall momentum. 'The fluctuations month to month are understandable. We can tell what is making the changes. It's not random fluctuations. It's not progress, either.'

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    22. Noble Hospital opens express care facility

      Noble Hospital opens express care facility

      Noble Hospital and the Noble Health Network has opened a express care facility at 57 Union Street in Westfield.  Noble Express Care is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.  According to a release, Noble Express Care serves patients if a primary care physician is unavailable, regular offices are closed, or for people who don't want to wait at the emergency room for a non-emergency.

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