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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. Live Coverage: Western Mass Developers Conference to feature Pioneer Valley opportunity | masslive

      Live Coverage: Western Mass Developers Conference to feature Pioneer Valley opportunity | masslive

      Developers and businesspeople who could locate or expand in the Pioneer Valley will hear a lot of sales pitches today from execs at companies like MassMutual Financial Group, Smith & Wesson, Menck Windows, and HitPoint Studios, a computer game developer based in Amherst .  The event is being hosted by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

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    21. The Student Prince: Chamber sees need to encourage downtown patronage | masslive

      The Student Prince: Chamber sees need to encourage downtown patronage | masslive

      News that downtown stalwart The Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room has suffered through declining business in recent years points out the need to patronize Springfield's businesses or risk losing them and the positive energy they create, said Jeffrey Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.  'Folks who come to Springfield to make their livelihoods have to support some of the amenities that we have here,' Ciuffreda said Tuesday. 'That may mean getting out of the tower once or twice a week and going to lunch. That might mean staying after work once ...

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    22. State approves economic development incentives including Dave's Truck Repair and Advance Welding in Springfield, Kennametal in Greenfield and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee | masslive

      State approves economic development incentives including Dave's Truck Repair and Advance Welding in Springfield, Kennametal in Greenfield and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee | masslive

      The Massachusetts Economic Development Coordinating Council approved 10 expansion incentive projects including the possible expansion Kennametal in Greenfield, and ongoing expansion s at Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee and at Advance Welding and Dave's Truck Repair, both in Springfield.  In total, all 10 projects might total 679 new jobs and retain 699 existing jobs in the state, according to a news release from the state Executive office of Housing and Economic Development.

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    23. Foreign Investment: is Greater Springfield ready for a surge? | masslive

      Foreign Investment: is Greater Springfield ready for a surge? | masslive

      More than 10,320 people in Greater Springfield work for foreign-owned companies, but as a percentage of employment this region falls behind other metro areas in turning foreign money into local jobs.  Just 4.4 percent of the jobs in Greater Springfield, a region that includes all of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties, are in foreign-owned establishments, according to a study from the Global Cities Initiative at The Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

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    24. Smith & Wesson announces record sales for fiscal year, but dimmed 2015 outlook | masslive

      Smith & Wesson announces record sales for fiscal year, but dimmed 2015 outlook | masslive

      Founded in Springfield in 1852, Smith & Wesson has more than 1,600 employees, including 1,500 production workers at its sprawling firearms plant on Roosevelt Avenue. The company has a $77.5 million annual payroll.  For just the most recent quarter, Smith & Wesson's sales were $170.4 million, a decline of 4.6 percent compared with the same time period in 2013. Excluding Walther products no longer sold by Smith & Wesson, that sales decline was only 1.5 percent.

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