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    1. Manufacturing a 'ticket to the middle class' in Massachusetts

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      Manufacturing a 'ticket to the middle class' in Massachusetts

      The advancement of these skills is important as there continues to be a lack of people qualified for manufacturing positions, said Governor Deval Patrick. There are currently 250,000 people looking for work, he said, and some of the manufacturing jobs that are available cannot be filled because people lack the technical skills. With the move to advanced manufacturing, the skills have changed drastically and require a different kind of education.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Timothy P Murray

    2. Avery Dennison to shut down Chicopee plant

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      Avery Dennison to shut down Chicopee plant

      The new owners of Avery Dennison's label business are proceeding with plans to close the plant in Westover Airpark North as economic developers plan to begin marketing the space to a new occupant.  In a letter to employes, Avery Dennison said it laid off 124 union and nonunion workers Jan. 31  and that the remaining employees will be out of work by June 27. the plant makes binders and labels.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    3. State announces $54 million in Workforce Training Grants including for companies in East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Springfield, and West Springfield and West Brookfield

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      State announces $54 million in Workforce Training Grants including for companies in East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Springfield, and West Springfield and West Brookfield

      Titeflex is receiving $56,025 in Workforce Training Fund to update the skills of its 109 workers and add two additional employees to its staff.  The company manufactures flexible hoses for industrial and transportation uses. Made of Teflon and often clad in protective stainless steel, Titeflex hoses flew on the Space Shuttle and fly now on new Airbus and Boeing jetliners. Titeflex hoses also carry the glue in machines that turn out disposable diapers.

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      Mentions:   Boeing   West Springfield   Springfield

    4. Former Old Colony Envelope factory in Westfield to shut down with the loss of 200 jobs

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      Former Old Colony Envelope factory in Westfield to shut down with the loss of 200 jobs

      Cenveo purchased the National Envelope out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September and it inherited master leases on six of the National Envelope factories with a company called Spirit Leasing. Those leases, which go out past the year 2020, were no longer affordable and Spirit wouldn't renegotiate, Hiltwein said.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   The Republican

    5. Savage Arms lays off 37 at Westfield plant

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      Savage Arms lays off 37 at Westfield plant

      ATK, the new owners of Savage Arms is laying off 37 manufacturing employees, said spokesman Tim Brandt.  'This adjustment puts us in a better position to meet current business needs.,' Brandt wrote in an email. 'We will continue to monitor this location and make adjustments as necessary. We are committed to allocating the resources needed to provide hunters and sport shooters the affordable, accurate and reliable Savage firearms they’ve enjoyed for generations.'

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield   The Republican

    6. Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative worker-owned upholstery shop brings jobs, training

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      Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative worker-owned upholstery shop brings jobs, training

      Wellspring is founded as a co-op where employees like Davis will have an opportunity to become worker-owners after a year on the job, said Fred Rose, a visiting faculty member at the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst..  Organizers bankrolled Wellspring with $200,000 in grant money awarded Partners for a Healthier Community by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other capital form Springfield employers including Baystate Health , Rose said.


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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    7. Smith & Wesson® Announces Vertical Integration of Precision Plastic Molding Supplier

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      James Debney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smith & Wesson, said, "We are pleased about today's announcement, which supports our strategic focus on our M&P firearm business and is highly beneficial to our company in several ways.  Polymer injection molding represents a significant element of our production process. Acquiring this capability allows us to vertically integrate a key component of our manufacturing operations with increased flexibility, and is expected to thereby lower our production costs and reduce risk within our supply chain. In addition, we believe that the acquired technology will play an important role in enhancing our ...

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    8. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. impressed with Putnam Vocational

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      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. impressed with Putnam Vocational

      Executives from CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. interested in using Springfield as a hub for future expansion into the American market toured Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy Friday, wrapping up a week of visits to Massachusetts for the largest maker of railroad cars in the world. "I am interested in meeting my new partners," said Lu Xiwei, general manager of the Changchun which is often also referred to by the initials CNR CRC. "I'm looking for all the resources here. For us, we are going to need 200 employees and they must be well-trained and ready for the ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Western New England University

    9. Mayhew Steel in Turners Falls buys Leominster plastics company to take control of supply chain | masslive.com

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      Mayhew Steel in Turners Falls buys Leominster plastics company to take control of supply chain | masslive.com

      Mayhew announced the purchase off Basque Plastics last week. The new Mayhew Basque will continue with about 19 employees in Leominster, a city that serves as a center in the industry with about 120 other plastics companies in town and a wealth of experienced workers, said Bill Lawless, one of the owners of Mayhew Steel.

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    10. Smith & Wesson in Springfield posts increase in quarterly earnings, sales figures

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      Smith & Wesson in Springfield posts increase in quarterly earnings, sales figures

      Smith & Wesson is also feeling optimistic about the future and has raised its full year fiscal 2014 guidance. It now estimates net sales of between $615 million and $620 million and earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of between $1.39 and $1.42.  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.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    11. Yankee Candle announces layoffs at South Deerfield headquarters

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      Yankee Candle announces layoffs at South Deerfield headquarters

      Yankee Candle Co. laid off some salaried workers at its corporate offices here Thursday as part of a restructuring.  Harlen M. Kent, Yankee Candle’s president and CEO, wouldn't reveal numbers Thursday. But he said the layoffs amount to less than 2 percent, or fewer than 30 people, of the 1,500 who work for Yankee Candle locally either in retail or manufacturing or in the corporate headquarters. The eliminated employees are in marketing, engineering and operations and product development, Kent said.  'Where possible we have redirected folks into new positions,' Kent said. Yankee Candle Co. is Franklin County ...

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      Mentions:   The Republican   Yankee Candle Co.   Yankee Candle, Inc.

    12. Styrolution to close Springfield plant, cut 58 jobs

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      Styrolution to close Springfield plant, cut 58 jobs

      Plastics maker Styrolution will close its polystyrene plant at 950 Worcester St. in Indian Orchard by the end of the year, costing 58 jobs, according to a news release from the company's headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    13. Pittsfield's Nuclea Biotechnologies to expand, create 25 jobs with state tax incentive

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      Pittsfield's Nuclea Biotechnologies to expand, create 25 jobs with state tax incentive

      Nuclea Biotechnologies, a developer and maker of diagnostic tests for cancer and diabetes, has received a $510,000 state tax incentive to develop more manufacturing in Pittsfield and create 25 jobs.  “We’re exited about that it really gives us a boost,” said Patrick J. Muraca, president and chief executive officer and co-founder of Nuclea.  The jobs, he said, will involve making a new technology related to his company's diagnostic tests. The jobs will begin at $50,000 or more a year. Muraca credited state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Springfield, for his help with the incentive.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Springfield

    14. Bio-pharma firm aims to bring 90 'high-end' jobs to Berkshires

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      A bio-pharmaceutical company is working to establish a manufacturing facility in Berkshire County that could bring dozens of jobs within five years Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, which officially incorporated this week, has spoken with officials in both Pittsfield and Lee, and has also been in contact with MassDevelopment, said Andrea Wagner, one three Boston-area shareholders who established the company. Wagner said the company hopes to have a facility in the Berkshires up and running within 15 months after financing is completed. The firm has verbal commitments from equity investors, and is currently working with local banks, including Berkshire Bank, Wagner said.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Berkshire Bank

    15. Western Massachusetts vocational-technical high schools partner with industry to build skills for jobs | masslive.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

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      Western Massachusetts vocational-technical high schools partner with industry to build skills for jobs | masslive.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

      At Westfield Vocational Technical High School, an advisory committee comprised of representatives of local businesses and industries gives advice about needs in various fields, upcoming trends and what is happening in those fields. Eighth-graders also help gauge programs of interest.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Palmer   Greenfield

    16. Outlook 2014: Allan Blair, president of Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, says jobs, business and investment opportunity knocking at region's door | masslive.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

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      Outlook 2014: Allan Blair, president of Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, says jobs, business and investment opportunity knocking at region's door | masslive.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

      It is an optimistic word, and when I think about it with respect to economic development, I immediately consider the many opportunities for growth - in jobs, business establishments, visitors and investment. All of which contribute to our collective standard of living, and to an increase in tax revenues that support the quality of life we desire.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    17. B & E Precision Aircraft Components looks to build staff, grow with industry

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      B & E Precision Aircraft Components looks to build staff, grow with industry

      The machine shop, with its 103 employees, had a good 2013 and is looking for an even better years 2015 to 2020 as aircraft like those new jetliners go from design and testing to full production , according to company president Glenn Ford,. The precision machine shop is one division of the larger B & E Group which has offices in Westfield and Florida.  The machine shop is a maze of activity with robots placing parts on machine tools and people setting up the work and telling the robots what to do. Nearby are airplane parts, including a small bracket that breaks ...

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      Mentions:   Boeing   Westfield   United Technologies

    18. Outlook 2014: Springfield company PSI 91 finds market for innovative basketballs, footballs with Under Armour

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      Outlook 2014: Springfield company PSI 91 finds market for innovative basketballs, footballs with Under Armour

      Daniel Touhey and his partner, John Frank, knew an opportunity when they saw one.
      When their employer, Spalding Sports Worldwide, closed up its Chicopee location in 2009, Touhey and Frank decided to stay in Western Massachusetts and start their own company.  Since 2010, their company, PSI 91, has been located in the Business Growth Center, also known as the Scibelli Enterprise Center, at Springfield Technology Park.  PSI 91 began shipping its products – inflatable basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and footballs - exclusively for the Under Armour brand in 2011.

      “Under Armour is the fastest growing sports apparel business in the country,” Touhey ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    19. Pioneer Valley focuses on filling skills gap says Tim Brennan

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      Pioneer Valley focuses on filling skills gap says Tim Brennan

      The results of a joint research project of the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Commonwealth Corporation were unveiled in 2012 at a public forum held at Holyoke Community College. The results, detailed in a data-rich final report, Labor Market Trends in the Pioneer Valley, paint an insightful yet sobering portrait of our region’s talent pipeline and point to workers who increasingly are not adequately equipped to fill current job openings. The problem boils down to a “skills gap” - a gap which the report forecasts will significantly widen over coming decades ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield Technical Community College

    20. Western Mass. manufacturing firms innovate and diversify to keep

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      Western Mass. manufacturing firms innovate and diversify to keep

      Smaller than a pencil tip, the titanium set screw cradled in the palm of machinist David Ruest's hand is the most complicated part he makes. It's full, he said, of odd angles and bevels not to mention the tiny little Allen-wrench slot that goes at the tip. Even the ridges of the threads have to be shaped just so, or the screw won't fit into the equally tiny part where it serves to hold a slightly larger screw in place. He runs a computer-controlled machine tool at Detector Technology Inc. in Palmer, an expanding company that makes ...

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield Armory

    21. Community Spotlight: Amherst | BusinessWest

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      Community Spotlight: Amherst | BusinessWest

      Optimism for such a development stems in large part from the emergence of new programs and tens of millions of dollars in research projects at the university, said Maroulis, who pointed specifically to the new, $157 million Life Science Laboratories, part of the Mass. Life Sciences Center (MLSC), and one of many potential catalysts for economic development in the town.  Through the MLSC, the Commonwealth is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the growth of the state’s life-sciences supercluster. At UMass Amherst, the MLSC includes such facilities as the Biosensors and Big Data Center, the Healthcare Informatics and ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst   John Musante

    22. Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds

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      Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds

      MassDevelopment has issued a $5 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Menck USA Inc., which does business as Menck Windows. Menck USA, which will be based in Chicopee, was formed through a partnership between Menck Fenster GmbH, a 130-year-old Hamburg, Germany, custom window and door manufacturer and Liesenfeld International. The company is using bond proceeds to buy manufacturing equipment and renovate roughly half a 150,000-square-foot Chicopee building that was vacant for several years. Menck USA expects to create 50 jobs over the next five years as a result of the project. Boston Private Bank purchased the bond and the ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    23. One-stop shop: Detector Technology in Palmer looks to create 'manufacturing mall'

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      One-stop shop: Detector Technology in Palmer looks to create 'manufacturing mall'

      Jay Ray, president and CEO of Detector Technology Inc., likens his company's expansion project to a manufacturing mall. Think of storefronts, he said, lining the perimeter of a precision machine shop. Each storefront, each distinct physical space in the plant, run by and representing a critical step or aspect of manufacturing, development and assembling highly technical products.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Holyoke

    24. Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield hopes to relocate manufacturing to old GE site from Cambridge

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      Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield hopes to relocate manufacturing to old GE site from Cambridge

      Nuclea Biotechnologies, a developer and maker of diagnostic tests for cancer and diabetes, hopes to move manufacturing operations from Cambridge to the Berkshires. The new location would be near Nuclea's current headquarters in what was once General Electric's sprawling Pittsfield manufacturing complex. Today it is the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority property now known as the William Stanley Business Park.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Springfield

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