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    1. Under Construction: land cleared for Westfield State's $48 million science and technology classroom building

      Under Construction: land cleared for Westfield State's $48 million science and technology classroom building

      Workers have cleared land on the Westfield State University Campus for the construction of a new $48 -million science and technology classroom building.  It will be the first new academic building on the university's campus in 40 years.
      The university expects more site work to commence in the first week of September, spokeswoman Molly Watson said.  The building is expected to be completed in 2016.

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    2. Regional Employment Board of Hampden County: Pioneer Valley manufacturers

      Regional Employment Board of Hampden County: Pioneer Valley manufacturers

      Precision manufacturers making everything from handguns to artificial hips here in Western Massachusetts are likely to need 1,700 new workers in just the next three years, according ot a study released Monday by the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association. Those jobs will need filling, or work will leave the region, despite the fact that the region's seven vocational technical high schools and Springfield Technical Community College will only graduate 284 job-ready students in those same three years, said David M. Cruise, president and CEO of ...

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    3. Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer to get new emergency room as part of Baystate Health purchase

      Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer to get new emergency room as part of Baystate Health purchase

      Massachusetts Public Heath Council approved Thursday the sale of Wing to Baystate. Also approved at the meeting is a $25 million project to add four new operating rooms on to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield and a $7 million project to build a new pharmacy at Baystate Medical Center here in Springfield. The Public Health Council must approve hospital expansions in the state. The idea is to restrain the arms race for facilities and equipment that can lead to wasteful overutilization of health care dollars.

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    4. Freedom Credit Union to announce a $2.2 million downtown expansion

      Freedom Credit Union to announce a $2.2 million downtown expansion

      Freedom Credit Union plans to unveil a $2.2 million downtown expansion Tuesday. The credit union is keeping details close to the vest until the announcement Tuesday, Aug. 12 announcement. But Springfield Mayor Domenic J.Sarno is expected to attend a 10:30 a.m. ceremony with Freedom Credit Union CEO Barry F. Crosby.

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    5. Friendly's enters into marketing relationship with New England Patriots

      Friendly's enters into marketing relationship with New England Patriots

      New England favorite Friendly's Ice Cream has entered into a marketing relationship with the New England Patriots.  Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, the day after the regular-season opener against Miami, Kids eat free on the day after a Patriots victory. Rules for the promotion are: one free Level 1 kid’s meal for every adult entree purchased, Friendly's said this week in a news release  The Friendly's sponsorship also includes in-stadium promotions and signs, social media and appearances by the Patriots Cheerleaders and mascot, Pat Patriot, at Friendly’s events. Friendly’s will also extend the benefits of ...

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    6. New Pioneer Valley Red Cross director Kim Goulette looks forward to new Springfield headquarters

      New Pioneer Valley Red Cross director Kim Goulette looks forward to new Springfield headquarters

      The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter has a new executive director and soon it will have a new headquarters on Brookdale Drive.  The American Red Cross of Massachusetts announced Tuesday that Kim Goulette, most recently executive director of Lorraine's Soup Kitchen and Pantry in Chicopee, as the new head of the Pioneer Valley Chapter. She replaces Rick Lee, who is retiring. Lee, whose last day is Wednesday, will have spent 30 years with the Red Cross.

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    7. Associated industries of Massachusetts business confidence up on strong employment

      Associated industries of Massachusetts business confidence up on strong employment

      Employers in Massachusetts are hiring again and gaining confidence in the economy, according to survey results released Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  The Associated industries business confidence index rose 2.5 points in July to 56.2 points on a 100-point scale where 50 is neutral. That's up from 53.7 points the month before in June and from 52.5 points in July 2013.  Associated industries is a statewide business group. The confidence index has been up and down since the start of the recession, said Andre Mayer, Associated Industries senior advisor.

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    8. Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

      Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

      Michael Bolton, director of civil aviation at Westover Metropolitan Airport, said the enshrinement ceremonies don't end until 10:30 p.m., making it hard for traveling parties to get back on their aircraft by 11 p.m.  'We'll be pretty busy,' Bolton said. 'We look forward to it. It is pretty good for business.' Westover Metropolitan Airport has arranged for the air traffic control tower at Westover Air Reserve Base to stay open an additional two hours Aug. 8 when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosts its annual Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall downtown.


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    9. North Adams Regional Hospital sale to Berkshire Medical Center approved

      North Adams Regional Hospital sale to Berkshire Medical Center approved

      A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved Berkshire Medical Center's purchase of the former North Adams Regional Hospital, clearing the way for the possible restoration of health care services for northern Berkshire County. Berkshire Health Systems, parent of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, will buy the former hospital and a ground lease for a nearby medical building for $4 million. The sale is now expected to close sometime in August. There were no other bidders for the real estate despite the bankruptcy trustee charged with getting as much cash as possible for creditors having marketed the property.

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    10. Yankee Candle names Hope Margala new CEO | masslive

      Yankee Candle names Hope Margala new CEO | masslive

      Yankee Candle owners Jarden Corp. has named Hope Margala as president and CEO, replacing Harlen M. Kent who had been at the helm since 2009.  Jarden Corp. bought Yankee a year ago in September 2013 for $1.75 billion. Jarden is a diversified consumer products company owning brands including Mr. Coffee and Crock-Pot, outdoor and camping Coleman and Stren and Trilene fishing line, Rawlings baseball and softball equipment, Diamond matches, Ball canning jars, Quickie mops, brooms and dustpans and the Hoyle, Bicycle and Bee brands of playing cards.

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    11. Maura McCaffrey, new Health New England president and CEO, sees growing business | masslive

      Maura McCaffrey, new Health New England president and CEO, sees growing business | masslive

      Health New England, the Springfield-based health insurer, is moving forward .  The company, which has $550 million in revenue, has plans to expand into Worcester County, a planned expansion in Connecticut and innovative programs like 'Hospital at Home,' which could let some patients be monitored from home instead staying in the hospital.

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    12. Greenfield uses power-buying plan to help Kennametal expand

      Greenfield uses power-buying plan to help Kennametal expand

      The electricity that Greenfield hopes to soon buy in bulk and resell at a discount to residents and businesses helped give  the city the power to land the Kennametal expansion. "Obviously the cost of energy is one of the biggest impediments in trying to attract manufacturers to New England,"  said Robert Pyers, director of economic development for Greenfield. This week,  Kennametal has announced that it will expand its operations here, adding 70 new jobs and $4.65  million worth  in private investment including $3.4 million in equipment and renovations to its plant at 34 Sanderson St. here.

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    13. Grantham Group of Boston selected to develop assisted living component of

      Grantham Group of Boston selected to develop assisted living component of

      Boston's Grantham Group LLC has been selected to develop an 83-unit assisted living complex on land once part of the Belchertown State School. The Belchertown Economic Development and Industrial Corporation and MassDevelopment announced the selection of Grantham on Thursday. Grantham Group also developed the $13.4 million, 50,000-square-foot Christopher Heights of Northampton Project in the Village Hill neighborhood of Northampton. Village Hill, once part of the old Northampton State Hospital, is owned by MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency.

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    14. The Student Prince and Fort restaurant in Springfield readies for a second course, reopening planned for middle of September | masslive

      The Student Prince and Fort restaurant in Springfield readies for a second course, reopening planned for middle of September | masslive

      The Fort is quiet, for now.  There was no murmur of conversation, no bursts of laughter, no clinking of knives and forks, no hubbub or rushing waitstaff at the downtown Springfield restaurant Wednesday.  'I can get more work done in an hour than I used to be able to get done in eight hours,' said Barbara B. Meunier, a managing partner and part of the Scherff family that has run the Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room, the downtown Springfield icon, for two generations.

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    15. Kennametal announces $5 million and 70-job expansion in Greenfield continuing Greenfield Tap & Die legacy

      Kennametal announces $5 million and 70-job expansion in Greenfield continuing Greenfield Tap & Die legacy

      Kennametal has announced that it will expand its operations here, adding 70 new jobs and $4.65  million worth  in private investment including $3.4 million in equipment and renovations to its plant at 34 Sanderson St. here. The move, announced Wednesday, would more than double the staff at Kennametal, which has a staff of 63 now. the Pennsylvania-based company bought the old Greenfield Tap & Die, which was once the largest company of its kind in the world, back in 1997

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    16. Citizens Bank: manufacturing leading growth in Western and Central Massachusetts | masslive

      Citizens Bank: manufacturing leading growth in Western and Central Massachusetts | masslive

      Greater Springfield's gross domestic product grew 2.5 percent from 2011 to 2012 to $22.1 billion, the fastest rate of growth of any metro area in New England, according to a report issued recently by Citizens Bank.  In the report, the bank also makes a case that manufacturing is driving that growth here in Western Massachusetts and in Central Massachusetts. The area studied includes Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties.

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    17. Under Construction: UMass center in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square | masslive

      Under Construction: UMass center in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square | masslive

      Workers are busy transforming former office space in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square into the new University of Massachusetts satellite center set to open in September.  Gov. Deval Patrick visited Springfield in May to announce $5.2 million in state funding to complete the satellite center. UMass plans to offer 40 courses in Springfield starting in the fall. The number includes undergraduate, graduate and non-credit courses.  The space, on the second floor of Tower Square's retail area, had most recently been used as offices for Babson Capital, said Nicholas Fyntrilakis, vice president, community responsibility at MassMutual Financial Group. MassMutual ...

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    18. Microtest Labs in Agawam sold to private equity firm | masslive

      Microtest Labs in Agawam sold to private equity firm | masslive

      Microtest Labs in Agawam has been sold to ATS Labs Inc., a Minnesota company itself owned by private equity firm Ampersand Capital Partners.  The sales price was not disclosed. Microtest Labs founder and scientific director Steven Richter will stay on with the combined company, said ATS spokesman George Kerrick.  Microtest has 89 employees, Kerrick said. He said most employees will stay in their current jobs, but some administrative functions like billing will shift to Minnesota.  The combined companies will be known as Accuratus Lab Services.

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    19. Valley Venture Mentors accelerator to receive $100000 from MassTech

      Valley Venture Mentors accelerator to receive $100000 from MassTech

      Valley Venture Mentors received a $100,000  grant Monday from Massachusetts Technology Collaborative toward VVM's planned accelerator, a collaborative work space for young high-tech startup companies in Downtown's Tower Square. Gov. Deval Patrick announced the grant Monday during a visit to what backers are calling the Springfield Innovation District. Other stops included Tech Foundry, a computer science program for high school students, located nearby at 1391 Main St., and a third stop to Baystate Innovation Center, a business incubator program of Baystate Health located in 1350 Main St.

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    20. Meredith-Springfield Associates of Ludlow lightens Mrs. Dash bottles with plans to make more packaging cheaper and better for the environment

      Meredith-Springfield Associates of Ludlow lightens Mrs. Dash bottles with plans to make more packaging cheaper and better for the environment

      Plastics company Meredith-Springfield Associates is helping the environment and saving money for the makers of Mrs. Dash seasonings by manufacturing  Mrs. Dash  bottles with less plastic and the same strength. Now, 60-employee Meredith-Springfield is marketing the same concept to other manufacturers, companies that loath to mess with packaging familiar to customers even if that packaging is costing them to much money in materials and freight, said President and Chief Executive Officer Mel O'Leary Jr.

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    21. Springfield Innovation Cafe to provide a place for Springfield tech crowd to congregate | masslive

      Springfield Innovation Cafe to provide a place for Springfield tech crowd to congregate | masslive

      Springfield Innovation Cafe won't really be about serving a cup of coffee, said Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean, one of the backers behind the venture.  It will be about serving Springfield tech-savvy entrepreneurs by giving them a place to hang out, charge up - be it with caffeine or with electricity - and bounce ideas off each other.

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    22. MassMutual commits $5 million to invest in small business, $1.5 million to mentor and accelerate start-ups | masslive

      MassMutual commits $5 million to invest in small business, $1.5 million to mentor and accelerate start-ups | masslive

      "It's about having an idea that can grow," said MassMutual President and CEO Roger W. Crandall on Thursday. "Who knows how many jobs it can grow: 5, 50, 500. But these are the businesses that can grow and add jobs." Crandall made the announcement Thursday during the Western Massachusetts Developers Conference, an event that drew more than 350 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to hear about development opportunities in the region. The $6.5 million is part of a two-part plan to address the most pressing needs felt by entrepreneurs: access to capital and access to ...

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    23. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles: MBTA decision to coem ini November

      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles: MBTA decision to coem ini November

      Executives from the MBTA have already traveled to Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.'s headquarters and factories  in China to vet the company for  the $1.5 billion project to replace cars for the Orange and Red lines. Bobby Doyle, a consultant working with Changchun on its bid for the Red and orange line work briefed business leaders on the project Thursday during the Western Massachusetts Developers Conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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    24. WMECo opens third solar power facility | masslive

      WMECo opens third solar power facility | masslive

      With construction of WMECo's third solar facility complete in East Springfield, the company's newest and largest solar plant is now generating up to 3.9 megawatts of electric power.  Built on a capped landfill on Cottage Street in East Springfield, Western Massachusetts Electric Co. latest facility contains nearly 13,000 solar panels joining completed facilites on Goodwin Street in the Indian Orchard section of town and one in Pittsfield, according to a news release.

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