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    1. New train deals mean more work, workers for Crrc Ma Springfield plant

      New train deals mean more work, workers for Crrc Ma Springfield plant

      CRRC's recently announced deals to manufacture rail and transit cars for Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and a pending deal to make cars for the New York City subway, mean more work -- and more workers -- for its Springfield plant. "We are going to have to do a lot of things much faster than we had planed on doing them," said Mark J. Smith, the plant's general manager. "A lot of things are happening very quickly."

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    2. Baystate's TechSpring aims to take ideas from lab to bedside; startups include games, remote 3-D dermatology

      Baystate's TechSpring aims to take ideas from lab to bedside; startups include games, remote 3-D dermatology

      Dreaming of technology that lets your paramedic securely text your vital signs from an ambulance to the hospital emergency room instead of relaying it over the radio? How about mobile games that teach kids to avoid life-threatening allergens or how to manage their asthma through the proxy of cute animated pets? That future was the present Thursday as Baystate Health's TechSpring hosted its first ever health innovation showcase at Baystate Medical Center. The event was held in cooperation with MassChallange, a Boston organisation that fosters startups, and PULSE@MassChallenge, a partnership between TechSpring and MassChallange specializing in digital health ...

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    3. Eastfield Mall on course to 'de-mall'; what will it look like in 3 years?

      Eastfield Mall on course to 'de-mall'; what will it look like in 3 years?

      The Eastfield Mall is adding new stores and services despite departures -- and while keeping alive plans to "de-mall" its property and redevelop the 44 acres as a mixed use retail, housing and office complex. "In three years, this property will look very different from the outside," said Nicole Sweeney, co-manager of the Eastfield Mall. She said some of the mall building would stay -- possibly the movie theaters, for instance -- but the anchor store buildings would definitely go and retailers would be moved around. Instead of facing enclosed walkways, the stores would face outdoor areas. It's called de-malling in developers ...

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    4. Ludlow Mills celebrates cleanup, worries about future grants for more work as complex comes back to life

      Ludlow Mills celebrates cleanup, worries about future grants for more work as complex comes back to life

      Westmass Area Development Corp. announced this week the completion of a $600,000 cleanup of hazardous asbestos and PCBs from the 170-acre Ludlow Mills complex. But even with the the good news, Westmass is fearful that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brownfields funding and state/federal historic preservation tax credits for further cleanups might dry up. "I don't know anybody who isn't concerned about the federal budget," said Eric Nelson, president and CEO of Westmass. "It's one of the few ways that these signature mill buildings can be preserved and brought back to life."

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    5. PeoplesBank buys Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke, plans financial services center incorporating elements of iconic restaurant

      PeoplesBank buys Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke, plans financial services center incorporating elements of iconic restaurant

      PeoplesBank will raze the Yankee Pedlar restaurant on Northampton and Beach streets and has plans to build a new financial services center on the 2-acre site. The PeoplesBank location will incorporate a bank branch, mortgage origination offices and financial services like insurance and investment products. It also will have architectural elements and memorabilia from the beloved banquet hall, said Tom Senecal, president and CEO of PeoplesBank, which is based in Holyoke. The site gives PeoplesBank an opportunity create a modern branch to replace two outdated ones, in the Elmwood and Highland neighborhoods, with one that offers the latest in technology ...

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    6. Welcome to the 'fiberhood': Westfield's Whip City Fiber aims for connected city

      Welcome to the 'fiberhood': Westfield's Whip City Fiber aims for connected city

      With $15 million in bond money approved earlier this year, Westfield Gas + Electric plans to bring high-speed fiber-optic internet service to 75 percent of city addresses by the end of 2018. "It's a pretty aggressive schedule," said Dan Howard, general manger for the municipal utility. For residential customers, the Whip City Fiber service costs $69.95 a month with free standard installation and no contract. Businesses pay $84.95 with a three-year contract and $99.95 a month with a two-year contract. A standard installation is free for businesses as well.

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    7. Balise buys South End property from Springfield; auto dealership has spent $3.1M in past year

      Balise buys South End property from Springfield; auto dealership has spent $3.1M in past year

      Balise Motor Sales has purchased more real estate in Springfield's South End and has now amassed all or most of three city blocks between Main Street and East Columbus Avenue. Property records on file at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds show that Balise, using the name BAR South Land Holdings, has spent more than $3.1 million on real estate in the neighborhood since April 2016.

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    8. Dietz & Company Architects moving to Springfield Union Station

      Dietz & Company Architects moving to Springfield Union Station

      Kerry L. Dietz, owner and principal of Dietz & Company Architects, announced Tuesday that the company, the largest architecture firm in the region, will move into Union Station from offices nearby at 17 Hampden St., also in downtown Springfield. "We thank Kerry Dietz for her long-term commitment to being part of downtown Springfield and being a pioneer at Springfield Union Station," said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno in a press release. "Her company does outstanding work throughout New England and we are so happy she is continuing to do that work right here in Springfield."

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    9. Cafe plans perking for Springfield Innovation Center

      Cafe plans perking for Springfield Innovation Center

      Looking for that after-work drink in downtown Springfield? Soon you might be able to order your favorite cocktail by smartphone app before leaving the office. It'll be ready and waiting when you get to Ground Up, the new name of the cafe planned for the Springfield Innovation Center on Bridge Street. Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean, one of the backers of the cafe venture, recently detailed plans for Ground Up, which he and his partners expect to open in June. They're in the process of getting a liquor license.

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    10. STCC workforce training program sets employer forums

      STCC workforce training program sets employer forums

      Training & Workforce Options, a set of training programs that brings the latest skills to workers, often known by the acronym TWO, will host employer forums in the coming weeks: one focusing on the manufacturing industry on Wednesday and another focusing on long-term health care on April 4. TWO is a collaboration between Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College.

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    11. MassDOT to host public meeting set on Interstate 91 viaduct progress

      MassDOT to host public meeting set on Interstate 91 viaduct progress

      MassDOT has scheduled another public meeting to update the public on the ongoing $183.3 million rehab of Interstate 91 in Springfield. The meeting will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the MassLive Building - 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1350 Main Street, Springfield. MassDOT has hosted these meetings roughly every three months since work began. MassDOT says the Interstate 91 project is now three months ahead of its original schedule. The original schedule had the highway completely reopening in August 2018.

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    12. Springfield CRRC plant gets $137.5M Philly train car job

      Springfield CRRC plant gets $137.5M Philly train car job

      The CRRC plant now under construction in East Springfield was awarded a deal Thursday to build 45 train cars for SEPTA, Philadelphia's transit system, for $137.5 million. The deal includes an option for SEPTA to buy 10 more cars for another $23.5 million, according to a report on Philly.com, the online home of the Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.  The cars are expected to arrive in Philadelphia in 2019. They'll be double-deckers, adding about 6,000 seats to SEPTA's busiest commuter rail lines.

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    13. Greater Springfield job market: What industries are hiring?

      Greater Springfield job market: What industries are hiring?

      No sector of the economy in Greater Springfield added jobs in January, but year over year, education and health services, trade transportation and utilities and a few other sectors did record gains. That's according to numbers released this week by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Relations and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  As a region, Greater Springfield lost 12,100 jobs in January from December, a decline of 3.6 percent. That's a larger percent decline than the statewide average of 2.54 percent. But on the year, the region is up 3,000 ...

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    14. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson to headline Springfield Chamber's Outlook 2017 lunch

      Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson to headline Springfield Chamber's Outlook 2017 lunch

      Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, will deliver the keynote address at the at the Springfield Regional Chamber's Outlook 2017 luncheon on April 10. Robinson is also a political commentator appearing on television programs such as political commentator on news programs such as MSNBC's Hardball, The Rachel Maddow Show, and NBC's Meet the Press.The lunch, an annual affair meant to take a look at he political and economic year ahead, will be from from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 10 at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St ...

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    15. Stanley Black & Decker completes Lenox American saw purchase, plans to continue operating East Longmeadow plant

      Stanley Black & Decker completes Lenox American saw purchase, plans to continue operating East Longmeadow plant

      Connecticut-based tool giant Stanley Black & Decker earlier this month completed its purchase of Newell Brands' tool division, which includes Lenox American Saw and its 500,000-square-foot factory here with 640 employees. The $1.95 billion acquisition was first announced in October. The deal represents more than $700 million of revenues from brands like Lenox and Irwin hand tools, Stanley Black & Decker said in a news release.

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    16. Springfield unemployment rate rises in January, but is lower than it was a year ago

      Springfield unemployment rate rises in January, but is lower than it was a year ago

      Unemployment in the city of Springfield rose in January, likely because seasonal jobs at stores and delivery services ended, according to numbers released Friday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for the city of Springfield in January was 7.2 percent, up two percentage points from 5.2 percent recorded in December. But the unemployment rate was higher, at 8.9 percent, a year ago in January 2016. Unlike statewide and national unemployment data, local employment numbers are not adjusted for seasonal changes in the ...

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    17. PVTA plans to cut hundreds of bus stops in Springfield

      PVTA plans to cut hundreds of bus stops in Springfield

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has exactly 814 stops in the city of Springfield -- and that's about twice as many as an intracity bus line needs to have in a city this size. So, with a plan that's been in the works for months but is now in front of the City Council, the transit authority hopes to cut the number of Springfield stops by more than 45 percent, to just 442. The move, said outgoing PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes, will bring some rationality to a transit layout where some stops are just 400 feet apart.

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    18. East Longmeadow Play-Doh plan puts focus on need for manufacturing employees

      East Longmeadow Play-Doh plan puts focus on need for manufacturing employees

      Making stuff out of Play-Doh is child's play. But making Play-Doh and packaging it for shipment requires giant bakery-style mixers, high-speed rollers, extruders, cutters, plastics molding machines, at least four robots and workers with the technical know-how to keep all that equipment churning away. "It's a fairly automated and complex process," said Jeff Lombard, CEO of Cartamundi East Longmeadow, which is gearing up to start making Play-Doh for toy giant Hasbro by the end of 2018. "You need people who understand mechanics, electronics, pneumatics. You have equipment integration." Hasbro contracts with Cartamundi to make its games and toys ...

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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