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    1. Southwick Country Club sale final; developer plans road construction in April

      Southwick Country Club sale final; developer plans road construction in April

      The sale of the Southwick Country Club to real estate investors with plans to create a development of $200,000 to $300,000 homes is final. The 122-acre property -- parts of which were first developed into a golf course in 1920 -- sold to Fiore Realty Holdings on Feb. 22 for $1.9 million, according to a deed filed at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. The sale includes the Candlewood Inn restaurant on the property.

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    2. Who bought the former Berkshire Industries building in Westfield?

      Who bought the former Berkshire Industries building in Westfield?

      The Amanti family, owners of Westfield's Advance Manufacturing Co., bought the former Berkshire Industries building at 109 Apremont Way along with all of Berkshire's contents for $1.75 million Feb. 16, according to public records. An auction of those contents, including precision machine shop equipment, is set for April 24, 25 and 26, according to an advertisement on the website of DeCosmo Industrial Auctions in Agawam.  David Amanti, vice president of Advance Manufacturing, said Wednesday that he'd like to keep the hows and whys of the purchase to himself.  "Right now there are no plans," he said.

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    3. Baker, Neal, Boston Fed president headline Outlook gathering

      Baker, Neal, Boston Fed president headline Outlook gathering

      The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce expects 650 attendees at the MassMutual Center Friday to hear Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, and Gov. Charlie Baker offer their perspectives on the state of business in the commonwealth. The chamber's Outlook 2018 luncheon is sold out, the chamber said Wednesday. Rosengren's office said Wednesday that he will also meet Friday with Springfield Works, a Springfield workforce development plan funded through the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Working Cities Challenge project.

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    4. Springfield Works gets state funding to expand programs to help job seekers

      Springfield Works gets state funding to expand programs to help job seekers

      Director Anne Shecrallah Kandilis said Springfield Works will also use the money to expand financial literacy programs aimed at easing the transition form public assistance to self-sufficiency in ways that keep folks from losing necessary services and benefits before they are really ready to go it alone. The state awarded $500,000, including $75,000 to Springfield Works, through the Urban Agenda Grant Program designed to promote economic development in Massachusetts through the building of community partnerships in addressing obstacles to employment

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    5. Behind the scenes: Construction underway as Peter Pan prepares move to Springfield's Union Station (photos, video)

      Behind the scenes: Construction underway as Peter Pan prepares move to Springfield's Union Station (photos, video)

      Peter Pan's long-term plan remains to move one day to renovated space at 31 Elm St. in Springfield's Court Square. But that project is years from completion as developers are still working on a deal to kick the project off.   The third floor of Union Station will have executive offices, business functions like payroll and marketing, five conference rooms, a safety training room and a break room, said Danielle Veronesi, marketing director.

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    6. Local investors interested in buying Tower Square Hotel, state documents say

      Local investors interested in buying Tower Square Hotel, state documents say

      MassMutual told state officials that there is local investor interest in buying the Tower Square Hotel. That's according to state documents released to The Republican through a public records request. They include pages of handwritten notes by Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash as he spoke repeatedly with MassMutual about a deal to have the insurance giant consolidate in Massachusetts.

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    7. How did MassMutual and the state work out deal for Springfield expansion?

      How did MassMutual and the state work out deal for Springfield expansion?

      MassMutual executives had already decided to vacate and sell their Connecticut campus before they received a $46 million incentive package from the state of Massachusetts to consolidate in Springfield. Executives at the insurance giant also told this state's top economic development official that the 1,500 jobs just south of the border in Enfield -- and their $100,000-a-year salaries -- could have gone to North Carolina or Tennessee instead. Massachusetts officials spent months convincing MassMutual to keep those jobs in Greater Springfield and to expand in Massachusetts, according to documents obtained by The Republican through a public records request.

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    8. 'You can come here and make a good living': Schott in Southbridge searches wider for workers to make fiber optics

      'You can come here and make a good living': Schott in Southbridge searches wider for workers to make fiber optics

      Schott North America grew its businesses here by 10 percent in 2017 and executives say the company could do the same in 2018. But Schott  -- which continues the pioneering work in  fiber optic glass once done here by American Optical Co. --  is having trouble trying to hire the people it needs to fill new jobs and to backfill jobs vacated by retiring employees. The German company has two businesses in Southbridge: lighting and imaging and electronics packaging.

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    9. Big Y looked around and chose Springfield as distribution hub for future growth

      Big Y looked around and chose Springfield as distribution hub for future growth

      Big Y Foods Inc. hosted its Friday news conference announcing a major expansion of its Springfield distribution center in the morning because by the afternoon, the existing warehouse space would have been too full. "We wouldn't be able to move," said Vice President of Corporate Communications Claire D'Amour-Daley. Her brother, Big Y President and COO Charles L. D'Amour, said the crush is even worse in the summer when farmers bring in produce.

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    10. Big Y plans to double size of Springfield distribution hub, add over 30 new jobs with $35 million investment in city

      Big Y plans to double size of Springfield distribution hub, add over 30 new jobs with $35 million investment in city

      Over the next 18 months, the family owned Big Y Foods Inc. will expand the distribution center at its Roosevelt Avenue headquarters with 232,000 square feet of additional space. Plans include an expansion in order to provide capacity for the next 20 years including 20 new supermarkets, Big Y said Friday. It's a $35-million to $40-million warehouse project that is expected to take 18 months and will result in 32 new jobs, according to a company news release. There are currently 92 employees working at the distribution center now and collectively they move 20 million cases of food ...

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    11. Bradley International Airport passenger total grows for 5th straight year

      Bradley International Airport passenger total grows for 5th straight year

      Bradley International Airport saw 6.2 percent more passengers in 2017 compared with 2016, its fifth consecutive year of growth, the airport said Wednesday. The Windsor Locks, Conneticut, airport, which serves Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, had 6.4 million people get on or off a plane there in 2017. It had 6 million passengers a year earlier in 2016.

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    12. East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      Local workers will once again make Craftsman tools here in the Pioneer Valley. Stanley Black & Decker, which bought the Craftsman brand from ailing Sears in January 2017 for $775 million, will likely start making Craftsman-brand saw blades and other tools at the former Lenox American Saw plant in the second half of 2018, said spokesman Tim Perra.

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    13. MassMutual Foundation donates $1 million to Springfield schools

      MassMutual Foundation donates $1 million to Springfield schools

       The MassMutual Foundation Inc. will grant $1 million to Springfield Public Schools to expand the City Connects program into eight additional elementary schools throughout the city.  City Connects is a national program executed by the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The program supports students based on their individual needs by addressing out-of-school challenges that affect student success, and leverages existing community resources and support services to optimize students' readiness to learn.

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    14. Home Depot looks to hire 300 in Western Massachusetts, 80,000 nationwide

      Home Depot looks to hire 300 in Western Massachusetts, 80,000 nationwide

      The Home Depot plans to hire 300 additional workers this spring in Western Massachusetts. The number includes jobs at seven stores across the region. The jobs are a mix of seasonal and permanent part-time, according to a news release from The Home Depot.  The jobs include sales and cashiers to operations and online order fulfillment.  The Home Depot has stores in Chicopee, Greenfield, Hadley, Pittsfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Wilbraham and a distribution facility in Westfield. Nationally, the chain is looking for 80,000 employees this spring. College students, retirees and veterans are encouraged to apply. The company doesn't ...

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    15. Springfield Union Station preps for a bigger, busier 2018

      Springfield Union Station preps for a bigger, busier 2018

      The people behind Springfield's Union Station knew the place was popular. But they weren't necessarily expecting 10,000 to 12,000 people over for Thanksgiving. That's just a rough estimate of the crowd that streamed through Union Station over that holiday weekend, said Paul M. Stelzer, president of Appleton Corp., a part of the O'Connell Companies, which manages the building.

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    16. Westfield Bank takes stock, eyes growth after merger

      Westfield Bank takes stock, eyes growth after merger

      Sometimes bank mergers mean fewer branches, with locations closed or consolidated in the name of eliminating redundancy. But Westfield Bank and Chicopee Savings didn't close any locations in their $110 million merger. The deal, which created a larger Westfield Bank, became official in October 2016. Westfield Bank completed the transition and changed signs on all the branch locations in December of that year.

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    17. Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute designed to fit employer need

      Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute designed to fit employer need

      The Holyoke canal walk just outside the windows of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Race Street was covered with fresh snow. But Warren Leigh, chairman of hospitality management and culinary arts programs at Holyoke Community College, imagines it as an outdoor dining room once the weather turns nice. There students will serve food they have prepared in the new institute, which opened for business in late January.

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    18. Bradley International Airport looks to develop routes, facilities in 2018

      Bradley International Airport looks to develop routes, facilities in 2018

      Bradley International Airport -- Springfield's gateway to the world -- competes for passengers with neighbors like LaGuardia, JFK, Newark, Rhode Island's T.F. Green and Boston's Logan. It also competes for aircraft with literally every airport in the country, all clamoring to add more flights in a marketplace where there are just too few jetliners. That's according to Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which owns and manages Bradley and five general aviation airports in the Nutmeg State. "The airlines see a lot of opportunities," he said. "What holds airlines back is availability of aircraft."

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    19. MassMutual decision adds to Springfield's 'momentum,' Western Massachusetts development official says

      MassMutual decision adds to Springfield's 'momentum,' Western Massachusetts development official says

      CRRC is about to open its rail car factory in East Springfield, MGM Springfield is seven months from opening its resort casino in the South End and now homegrown MassMutual will add jobs at its headquarters on State Street. "That is a lot of momentum, and it gets noticed," said Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. MassMutual plans to grow its workforce at its corporate headquarters on State Street by approximately 50 percent. The insurer will add 1,500 jobs there over the next four years, bringing the total number of ...

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    20. PVTA proposes 25 percent bus fare hike and regular increases plus route cutbacks

      PVTA proposes 25 percent bus fare hike and regular increases plus route cutbacks

      The Springfield-area public transit agency also wants an automatic 5 percent per year fare increase implemented every three years. Level funding in the face of rising costs for buses, fuel, maintenance and payroll leaves the PVTA with a $3.1 million budget gap, the PVTA said Friday in a press release. The PVTA had an operating budget of $47 million in fiscal 2017, down from $47.2 million a year earlier. The PVTA, which carried 11.5 million passengers in fiscal 2017, already cut back routes this summer over the objections of users and businesses. The agency's fiscal year ...

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    21. Massachusetts negotiating with Connecticut on passenger rail to Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield

      Massachusetts negotiating with Connecticut on passenger rail to Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is negotiating with Connecticut on plans to extend the CTrail commuter train service north from Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield on the Knowledge Corridor rail line Massachusetts already owns. The plan is to run trains further north up the Pioneer Valley sometime this year, said Astrid Glynn, the MassDOT rail and transit administrator, Friday at a question-and-answer session organized by U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield.

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    22. Union Station platform work delayed again; accessibility upgrades required

      Union Station platform work delayed again; accessibility upgrades required

      Bid specifications for handicapped accessibility modifications at Union Station's Platform C are now due in March. But even that incremental progress on one major piece of unfinished work at the city's newly renovated transit hub is months late. In the meantime, rail passengers are still using the older, unfurnished Platform D. "We've been anxious about that for a number of months," said Kevin Kennedy, the city of Springfield's chief development officer, following a conference call with Amtrak and the state Department of Transportation on Thursday afternoon. Springfield Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Christopher Moskal was also on ...

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    23. DevelopSpringfield 'very close' to restarting Innovation Center project

      DevelopSpringfield 'very close' to restarting Innovation Center project

      DevelopSpringfield says it will soon be able to say when renovations will restart at the long-awaited Springfield Innovation Center at 270 and 276 Bridge St. downtown. "We have made a great deal of progress with regard to getting the project moving again," wrote Nicholas Fyntrilakis, chairman of the DevelopSpringfield board of directors. Work on the $5.5 million, 24,000-square-foot Innovation Center stopped in April after the general contractor said it was owed money. NL Construction of Ludlow filed papers with the Hampden Registry of Deeds showing it was owed $254,000.

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    24. This Massachusetts team is in the Super Bowl every year: See how Holyoke's Hazen Paper makes the Patriots-Eagles program cover

      This Massachusetts team is in the Super Bowl every year: See how Holyoke's Hazen Paper makes the Patriots-Eagles program cover

      There is a team from New England that shines in the Super Bowl every year: Hazen Paper Co. of Holyoke. The 93-year-old family business once again produced holographic images for the official in-stadium Super Bowl program. It will be sold at Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Xuan Li, holography specialist, is Hazen's Tom Brady, said company president John H. Hazen.

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