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    1. Rodney Hunt liquidates tools and supplies as Orange manufacturer closes

      Rodney Hunt liquidates tools and supplies as Orange manufacturer closes

      Rodney Hunt manufactured gate valves and other large industrial parts like sluiceways for hydroelectric plants. In 2015, the company announced it would shut down completely and close its plant in the town of Orange. The company was founded in 1840 as a maker of wooden tools and simple machines. At the time of the 2015 announcement, Rodney Hunt had about 200 employees. Now, that's down to barely any workers as the factory building at 46 Mill St. is shut down, said Town Administrator Diana M. Schindler. "Now we are looking for something to replace those jobs, just like everyplace ...

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    2. Agway Home & Garden stores in Westfield, Palmer roar back to life with new owners

      Agway Home & Garden stores in Westfield, Palmer roar back to life with new owners

      Some customers at Kelly's Home & Garden early this week were looking for replacement belts to get their snowblowers up and running. Some wanted to know when the spring flowering annuals would be in stock. That's life in New England when there is a March snowstorm and life at a store that sells products and equipment for homes and gardens in the springtime like Kelly's Home & Garden in Westfield.

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    3. First CRRC employees ready to go to China

      First CRRC employees ready to go to China

      Recently hired engineers at CRRC MA Corp. in Springfield are learning about the subway cars they'll soon start building through reams of specifications and diagram after diagram. Starting next month, they'll have their hands on the real thing in the Chinese factory where they were developed. On April 7, CRRC will send four engineers, a number of production supervisors and 22 newly hired union production workers to Changchun, China, for three months of training. It's the beginning of what CRRC calls the technology transfer of its rail car design to Springfield.

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    4. CareerPoint brings job center to Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, plans to go to more schools

      CareerPoint brings job center to Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, plans to go to more schools

      CareerPoint, a Massachusetts One-Stop Career Center located nearby at 850 High St., hosted a grand opening Friday for its office at William J. Dean Technical High School. "It's OK to not know as a high school freshman what you want to do with the rest of your life," said David Gadaire, executive director of CareerPoint. "What's not OK is not wanting to do anything."

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    5. Western Massachusetts colleges host career fair March 29 in Springfield

      Western Massachusetts colleges host career fair March 29 in Springfield

      Nearly 100 companies are expected when the College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts hosts its annual career fair March 29 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on the campus of Western New England University. Employers will offer full-time and part-time employment opportunities and internships, according to a news release from Western New England. The College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts is a consortium of eight colleges in Hampden County: American International College, Bay Path University, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Western New England University and Westfield State University.

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    6. Western Mass. employers get training funds

      Western Mass. employers get training funds

      Manufacturers and one community service organization in the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires were among the 111 employers from across the state that received a total of $7.9 million in workforce training grants this week. The money, which comes from a fund to which employers contribute, will train 5,243 workers and help create an expected 522 new jobs. "Workforce training grants invest in the strength of our workers and Massachusetts' labor market," Gov. Charlie Baker said in a news release. "We are pleased these funds can assist workers in developing the skills they need to advance their careers ...

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    7. Radio Shack to close stores in Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Chicopee

      Radio Shack to close stores in Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Chicopee

      Radio Shack employees in Greater Springfield have been told that stores in West Springfield at Century Plaza, in Chicopee on Memorial Drive, at Springfield Plaza and in the Westgate Shopping Plaza in Westfield will all close by the end of this month. Stores on King Street in Northampton and in Great Barrington are the  only stores in this part of the state not scheduled to close, but their future certainly remains in doubt. The stores are corporate-owned.

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    8. Massachusetts adds 13k jobs in January, unemployment rises

      Massachusetts adds 13k jobs in January, unemployment rises

      The Massachusetts unemployment rate rose in January to 3.2 percent from 3.1 percent a month earlier, according to statistics released Thursday by the state the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Massachusetts added 13,000 jobs in January, according to those same numbers. The Jobless rate increased because the pool of those looking for work also increased. Updated local jobless numbers won't be available for a few more weeks. 

       

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    9. Poll: 77 percent of expanding businesses in Massachusetts say they would choose investing in the commonwealth all over again

      Poll: 77 percent of expanding businesses in Massachusetts say they would choose investing in the commonwealth all over again

      Companies that have relocated or expanded in Massachusetts over the past decade nearly always say they chose the Bay State because of its expert work force. And more than three-quarters, 77 percent to be exact, of those companies told pollsters from the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute and MassEcon. The survey also showed that and 64 percent rated the state as a "good" or "very good" place to do business, according to the report released on Tuesday  Forty companies relocated or expanded in Western Massachusetts, defined here as Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire counties, from 2004 through 2015. Another 21 expanded ...

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    10. Sunshine Village in Chicopee gets $2M bond

      Sunshine Village in Chicopee gets $2M bond

      MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, has issued a $2 million in tax-exempt bond on behalf of Sunshine Village Inc. Sunshine Village, which provides services to 425 adults living with disabilities, will use the money to make interior and exterior renovations to its Davis and Casey buildings, according to a news release from state Sen. Eric P. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and state Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chciopee. At the Davis Building, work will include redesigning the front entryway and installing new windows and mechanical, engineering and plumbing systems. At the Casey Building, Sunshine Village will install new insulation, painting ...

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    11. After 4 decades and $95 million renovation, grand opening date set for Springfield's Union Station

      After 4 decades and $95 million renovation, grand opening date set for Springfield's Union Station

      The general public will get its first chance in four decades to visit Springfield Union Station at a pair of special events in June.

      There will be a black tie gala celebrating the rebirth of Union Station on Saturday, June 24. An Open House for the public is scheduled to take place the next day, Sunday, June 25.  Built in 1926, Union Station closed in the 1970s. But it will soon reopen following a massive overhaul. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, hosted a walk through of the refurbished station for media members Monday afternoon. "I have always been a ...

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    12. Amid ongoing negotiations, Peter Picknelly confirms plan to move Peter Pan into Springfield's Union Station

      Amid ongoing negotiations, Peter Picknelly confirms plan to move Peter Pan into Springfield's Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will probably partially demolish and then completely remodel its bus terminal on Main Street as part of a series of moves made possible by the opening of Springfield Union Station and the redevelopment of Court Square. "It will look like a whole new building," said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines of the bus station his father opened April 1, 1969. "I can't say too much right now about the new use coming in."

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    13. Greenfield Savings Bank plans additional branches in Amherst, Northampton

      Greenfield Savings Bank plans additional branches in Amherst, Northampton

      Greenfield Savings Bank will open downtown branch offices in Amherst and Northampton by midsummer to augment branches already in those communities, the bank announced this week. The downtown Amherst location will be at 108 North Pleasant St. and the downtown Northampton office will be at 207 Main St. "The new branches will enhance convenience for our customers in both of these communities," John Howland, president of Greenfield Savings Bank, said in a news release. "This is especially true for our downtown Amherst- and Northampton-based commercial customers. Last year our commercial loan originations increased more than 20 percent and the additional ...

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    14. Walk-through set for Springfield Union Station as grand opening approaches

      Walk-through set for Springfield Union Station as grand opening approaches

      Springfield will host events in June celebrating the reopening of Union Station after more than four decades decay. And U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who's been working to refurbish and reopen Union Station since his first run for city council, plans to detail those celebrations Monday afternoon during a media walk-through of the facility on Frank B. Murray Street on the northern edge of the Springfield's downtown business district. The tour begins at 2 p.m. Construction on the $95-million rehab effort began in 2014. Workers demolished a baggage warehouse to make room for bus berths. A ...

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    15. MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis: Company now focusing on market-rate housing at historic Court Square building

      MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis: Company now focusing on market-rate housing at historic Court Square building

      MGM Springfield's priority is to build market rate housing on Court Square at 31 Elm Street and redevelop the old School Department Headquarters at 195 State St. if it needs more housing than can be built at Court Square. Mike Mathis, president of MGM Springfield, outlined plans Thursday following his presentation to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting at the MassMutual Center. The plan is a departure from MGM Springfield's previously announced plan to build the apartments at 195 State St., the former School Department building MGM Springfield bought from the city in 2016 for $600,000.

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    16. Silverbrick Lofts, renovated downtown Springfield apartment complex, nears full occupancy

      Silverbrick Lofts, renovated downtown Springfield apartment complex, nears full occupancy

      More than 250 of the 280 apartments at Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield have been renovated, and once completed they do not go unoccupied for long. "We are showing them every day," said Karen Piemonte, assistant property manager at Silverbrick. "The renovated units are in great demand." The New York City-based Silverbrick Group bought the complex of four downtown buildings once known as Morgan Square Apartments in 2014 for $9 million from The Lone Star Fund of Dallas. Silverbrick then started a $6 million renovation. The company started with the apartments that were vacant and continued through the buildings as ...

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    17. Return of Play-Doh part of long growth pattern for Hasbro, Cartamundi in East Longmeadow

      Return of Play-Doh part of long growth pattern for Hasbro, Cartamundi in East Longmeadow

      The 20 additional workers Cartamundi plans to hire at its East Longmeadow factory to make Play-Doh will push employment at the 1.2 million square-foot factory to 480. That number, which includes temporary help needed to meet the huge holiday season demand in the toy industry, represents 13.5 percent employment growth since Belgium-based Cartamundi bought the factory from Hasbro in 2015 for $19.4 million. The Cartamundi hiring website lists a number of open positions in East Longmeadow now.

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    18. MGM Springfield's vendor fair draws over 200 companies looking to land a contract

      MGM Springfield's vendor fair draws over 200 companies looking to land a contract

      MGM Resorts International drew more than 200 potential vendors -- companies eager to provide everything from industrial warehousing to artisan furniture -- to a vendor fair Wednesday at the MassMutual Center downtown. At stake is tens of millions of dollars worth of contracts to outfit and equip the $950 million MGM Springfield resort and casino now under construction on a 14.5-acre site downtown, said Seth Stratton, vice president and general counsel for MGM Springfield. Wednesday's fair focused only on the things MGM will need in the lead up to the casino's opening. That opening is expected in the fall ...

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    19. Macy's selling closed Eastfield Mall location in Springfield

      Macy's selling closed Eastfield Mall location in Springfield

      Macy's has put its former store in the Eastfield Mall up for sale, part of a nationwide effort by the beleaguered retailer to dump its closed or soon-to-be-closed stores. The Eastfield Mall space, once a suburban location of Springfield's beloved Steiger's Department Store, is owned by Macy's. That means it has separate ownership from the mall to which it is attached. A sales brochure posted on the real estate website LoopNet this week does not include an asking price. But the advertising piece, embedded below, does describe the store. It totals 127,000 square feet on ...

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    20. MassDevelopment readies Springfield's former Skyplex for new restaurants

      MassDevelopment readies Springfield's former Skyplex for new restaurants

      MassDevelopment is cleaning out and renovating the former Skyplex nightclub at 8-12 Stearns Square as it continues to look for a business, or businesses, to take over the space. "Let's get the building's bones in good shape so as we identify tenants we can begin to work with them on modifications for their use," said Zach Greene, senior vice president of asset management at MassDevelopment. "We have had a number of conversations with a lot of prospective tenants." Greene wouldn't comment specific prospective tenants.

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    21. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Smith College will receive nearly half a million dollars for its life sciences facilities, one of several Massachusetts colleges and high schools to receive state grants focused on science and technology. The $497,000 grant will pay for advanced instrumentation for two research centers, allowing Smith to train life sciences majors with state-of-the-art technology, according to the state. The purchases will also ground Smith's outreach endeavors to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 in practices relevant to the newest discoveries.

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    22. Bradley International hopes to grow to a 10 million-passenger airport

      Bradley International hopes to grow to a 10 million-passenger airport

      Bradley International Airport saw more than 6 million passengers in 2016 and could grow to 10 million passengers annually within the next few years, according to Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. That's with or without the addition of casino gambling, a proposal that seems to have stalled for the airport, which is located about a half-hour's drive south of Springfield, where the MGM Springfield casino is under construction. Bradley had just under 5 million arriving and departing passengers in 2015. The increase reflects not only more people on existing flights but also new flights ...

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    23. Make Springfield-Boston rail a priority, says Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

      Make Springfield-Boston rail a priority, says Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

      Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a supporter of passenger rail in his state, is now advocating for enhanced rail service from from Springfield through Worcester and onto Boston."Improved transportation connections will only strengthen our communities and increase economic growth significantly," Malloy wrote in a Jan. 30 letter to Massachusetts Gov. Charley Baker. "It is my hope that Massachusetts will consider adding this vital link for the Knowledge Corridor to Hartford, New Haven and New York City with frequent and reliable service to Boston."

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