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    1. Greenfield Community College Downtown Center now hosts 4 groups

      Greenfield Community College Downtown Center now hosts 4 groups

      Rick Sullivan, President & CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts (EDC), agrees, "It is important to have a physical presence in Franklin County and to build working relationships with the leaders, businesses, and citizens of the County. Bob Pura has been very helpful in providing this opportunity for our four organizations to have a base in Franklin County."

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    2. Springfield Technical and Holyoke community colleges launch accelerated manufacturing careers program

      Springfield Technical and Holyoke community colleges launch accelerated manufacturing careers program

      A new accelerated manufacturing careers program provided by Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College’s Training and Workforce Options (TWO) program is under way. The goal of the program is to help fill a void in the region’s manufacturing training needs. The program, which will operate at no cost to students or businesses to participate, was created out of a need expressed by regional employers who noted there was a lack of qualified candidates applying for open positions at their companies. The first training to be offered is a manufacturing production technician program, a 10-week certified program ...

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    3. Placon buys Plastic Packaging Corp. of West Springfield

      Placon buys Plastic Packaging Corp. of West Springfield

      Placon, one of the leading custom and stock rigid thermoformed packaging designers and manufacturers in North America announced today that it is has completed the acquisition of privately-held, West Springfield rigid plastic container manufacturer, Plastic Packaging Corporation. Founded in 1954 by Fred Weiss, Plastic Packaging Corporation (PPC) is a family-owned manufacturer known for its high-quality, injection molded Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) containers, cups, tubs, pails and lids as well as its advanced decorating services for hot to frozen foods in the foodservice and food processing industries. “Looking toward the future, combining with Placon is the perfect fit for our ...

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    4. Springfield Technical Community College student Anthony Grandoit wins pitch contest

      Springfield Technical Community College student Anthony Grandoit wins pitch contest

      Anthony Grandoit, a Springfield Technical Community College student took first place at the Awards Ceremony & Banquet for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. elevator pitch competition pitching a “faster, cleaner, convenient way to keep your baby fed”. Facing a crowd of more than 450 attendees,. Grandoit convinced a panel of bank judges that his pitch for Baby Keurig was the best. Mike Mullen from UMass Amherst took second place for his business concept Kloudbook, a mobile app to keep track of all of your contact information. Finally, Scott Abdow, a student at Greenfield Community College, took third place ...

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    5. Hampden Bank reports record earnings

      Hampden Bank reports record earnings

      Hampden Bancorp, Inc. which is the holding company for Hampden Bank announced the results of operations for the three and nine months ended March
      31. Core net income increased by $1.1 million, or 49 percent , to $3.5 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2014, or fully diluted core earnings per share of 65 cents as compared to $2.4 million, or fully diluted core earnings per share of 45 cents for the same period in 2013. For the nine months ended March 31, 2014, net income increased to $3.2 million, or earnings per share of ...

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    6. Florence Savings Bank contributes $2,5000 to Forbes Library

      Florence Savings Bank contributes $2,5000 to Forbes Library

      Florence Savings Bank has donated $2,500 to the Forbes Library in Northampton, in memory of the Bank’s past President and CEO Ed Morin. Bank President and CEO John F. Heaps, Jr. made the announcement at the Bank’s recent Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program Awards Ceremony, held at the Northampton Senior Center. During the ceremony, Heaps recalled the life and accomplishments of his predecessor, who recently passed away. Also present at the ceremony were Scott Morin, Ed Morin’s son, and Forbes Library Director Janet Moulding.

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    7. MassDevelopment grants to New England Public Radio

      MassDevelopment grants to New England Public Radio

      MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council have provided a $113,432 Cultural Facilities Fund grant to the New England Public Radio Foundation for its new studios now under construction on Main Street. The New England Public Radio Foundation, Inc. is using grant funds to renovate a recently purchased space at 1525 Main Street in Springfield. Renovation plans call for rebuilding the 15,000-square-foot location installing four radio production suites, a technical operations center, and office space for programming, operations, engineering, development and administration staff.

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    8. PeoplesBank hosts "Stay Discussion" human resources seminar

      PeoplesBank hosts "Stay Discussion" human resources seminar

      Maintaining a healthy work-life balance, keeping personnel energized, and supporting their interests and goals are all critical for retaining high-performing employees. PeoplesBank is asking employers to join the bank's Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer Janice Mazzallo from 8 to 9:30 a.m. April 3 at the bank's Conference Center, 330 Whitney Ave. second floor, Holyoke.

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    9. MassMutual named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company

      MassMutual named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company. This is the first time that MassMutual has been honored with this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. World’s Most Ethical Company honorees understand the correlation between ethics, reputation and daily interactions with their brand and that the award belongs as much to their associates as it does to them.

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    10. Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

      Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

      Western New England University student engineers once again proved themselves to be among the nation's elite with inclusion in the Top 10 of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase (IShow). The Western New England University team was recognized for designing a practical, portable skate sharpening device. Evaluated for feasibility of idea, inventiveness and technological diversity, the “Agile Edge” was selected from a field of 59 entries submitted to compete in the 2014 ASME Innovation Showcase. The IShow provides a platform for top collegiate teams to compete for seed money to further develop their product inspiring students to ...

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    11. Square One's King Street Children's Center wins accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children

      Square One's King Street Children's Center wins accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children

      Square One, the Springfield-based nonprofit provider of early education and care for at-risk children and programs and services for families, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children for its King Street Children’s Center. “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment as it represents months of effort on the part of our staff and program directors,” said Joan Kagan, president and chief executive officer for Square One. “NAEYC accreditation is the result of Square One undergoing a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement, and it validates that our program is truly high quality ...

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