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    1. Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

      Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

      Eric Nelson said he recently had cause to look over the occupancy permit issued to Westmass Area Development Corp. for the property now known as Ludlow Mills. The date on the document — April 2012 — gave him both pause and more evidence that time does, indeed, fly. Yes, it’s been more than six years since this ambitious project — a blend of both brownfield and greenfield development — was launched, and, for the most part, it is on schedule, said Nelson, president of Westmass for roughly half the duration of this effort. And by on schedule, he was referring to the pace ...

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    2. Savage Arms in Westfield for sale in corporate restructuring

      Savage Arms in Westfield for sale in corporate restructuring

      Savage Arms is for sale as part of a corporate restructuring that'll see parent Vista Outdoor get out of gunmaking and focus on ammunition, hydration bottles and packs and outdoor cooking products. With 367 workers at its factory on Springdale Road, Savage is one of Westfield's largest private employers. Vista said it plans to complete its sale of Savage by the end of its 2020 fiscal year. Vista, based in Utah, has taken heat in recent months for its connections to the NRA and donations to politicians whop oppose gun control even in the wake of more school ...

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    3. United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      Aerospace and technology giant United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday it plans to hire 35,000 people -- including thousands in Connecticut -- and spend more than $15 billion on capital improvements and research and development over the next five years. UTC also announced plans to spend an additional $75 billion through local procurement of products and services, money that could include components from Springfield-area precision manufacturers. For example, UTC Aerospace in Windsor Locks has a network of subcontractors that includes Massachusetts companies like Ortiz Tool in Springfield. Among other products, UTC Aerospace makes heating controls for Orion, a spaceship that could one ...

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    4. An Employment Lawyer Diversifies into Manufacturing

      An Employment Lawyer Diversifies into Manufacturing

      When she started her law career with a firm in Springfield, Amy Royal didn’t consider herself an entrepreneur. But that quality emerged quickly, and she would go on to start her own firm. She soon realized, though, that she was a actually a serial entrepreneur with an appetite for developing and growing companies, the latest of which is a door manufacturer in Ludlow.

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    5. Tighe & Bond Announces CEO Succession Plan

      Tighe & Bond Announces CEO Succession Plan

      At its annual stockholder’s meeting in April, Tighe & Bond announced that Robert Belitz will succeed David Pinsky as president and CEO when Pinsky retires from that position at the close of 2018. Belitz, the firm’s current chief financial officer, will assume the role of president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2019. Belitz will be Tighe & Bond’s ninth leader in its 107-year history. Pinsky has served as president and CEO since 2006 and has been with the firm for 30 years. “It’s been a privilege leading such a storied firm,” said Pinsky. “I am looking forward to ...

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    6. Get a look at a model of the new MBTA Red Line trains this summer

      Get a look at a model of the new MBTA Red Line trains this summer

      MBTA officials plan this summer to show off a model of the new Red Line trains getting assembled in Springfield. A factory in Springfield, built for the Chinese-owned company, CRRC MA, is assembling both Red Line and Orange Line cars. The company has a contract with the MBTA to build and assemble 252 Red Line vehicles and 152 Orange Line vehicles. MBTA officials say they're still working on details for when and where the public will be able to see a model or mock-up of a new Red Line car.

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    7. U.S. Tsubaki celebrates expansion in Chicopee, adds 35 more jobs (photos, video)

      U.S. Tsubaki celebrates expansion in Chicopee, adds 35 more jobs (photos, video)

      The owners of U.S. Tsubaki officially opened its new about 100,000 square-foot addition Wednesday and with it announced it is looking for new employees. Mayor Richard J. Kos and other city officials joined U.S. Tsubaki President Daniel Butterfield and many of the company's employees to celebrate the opening of the about $11.5 million project with a ribbon cutting.

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    8. Tighe & Bond Climbs 19 Spots in National Ranking

      Tighe & Bond Climbs 19 Spots in National Ranking

      Tighe & Bond, a full-service engineering and environmental consulting firm, climbed 19 spots this year to No. 241 on Engineering News Record’s “2018 Top 500 Design Firms” ranking. In the past two years, Tighe & Bond climbed 34 spots as the firm continues to grow its regional market. The publication ranks its list of top 500 design firms nationally based on design-specific revenue from the previous year.

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    9. FloDesign Sonics Aims to Bring Cell Therapy to the Masses

      FloDesign Sonics Aims to Bring Cell Therapy to the Masses

      The “filterless filter company,” as FloDesign Sonics dubs itself, was launched in 2010 in an effort to separate contaminants — particularly anthrax — from the water supply. There’s nothing trivial about that goal, but the company’s co-founder and CEO, Stanley Kowalski III, and his team have only been thinking bigger ever since. “We don’t like mediocre challenges; we take on pretty big issues, and we back it with the best thought leaders in this space,” he told BusinessWest. “We’ve targeted some of the biggest things mankind could be working on, and it gets people motivated on a different ...

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    10. First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      The first four uncompleted shells for MBTA Orange Line subway cars arrived at the CRRC MA plant in East Springfield this week. Workers there are unpacking them and getting ready to begin assembly work, said spokeswoman Lydia Rivera. She expects work on completing the cars to begin in earnest sometime in the next month or so.

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    11. The Golf Business Faces Some Formidable Hazards

      The Golf Business Faces Some Formidable Hazards

      Two decades ago, people were clamoring to get into the golf business. It was seen as an almost can’t-miss proposition, and individuals and municipalities alike were looking to cash in. Things changed in a hurry, of course, and today, operations are struggling to stay in the black. To do so, they must be imaginative, flexible, and diverse.  For several years now, area golf-course operators have been saying there’s at least one too many courses in this region for the collective good, especially given the downward trajectory of the business as overall play has declined.

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    12. Vendors at diversity fair get peek inside Springfield's CRRC factory, which starts MBTA Orange Line car production next month (photos)

      Vendors at diversity fair get peek inside Springfield's CRRC factory, which starts MBTA Orange Line car production next month (photos)

      The CRRC MA rail car manufacturing company drew a large, diverse crowd of vendors and suppliers to its $95 million factory Thursday to discuss work opportunities there and with other participating firms. CRRC hosted the outreach event for minority- and women-owned businesses at its Page Boulevard factory, the final such event before production begins, officials said. The Chinese-owned company will start building new cars for the MBTA Orange Line in April at the 204,000 square-foot factory floor.

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    13. Former Southworth building in Agawam sold; new owners plan to subdivide it for industrial use

      Former Southworth building in Agawam sold; new owners plan to subdivide it for industrial use

      Investors have finalized their purchase of the former Southworth Paper factory and headquarters for $1.9 million. Southworth is liquidating its assets and will likely sell its former mill in the Turners Falls section of Montague at auction. That transaction is pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield. In Agawam, the new owners of the 146,000-square-foot plant at 265 Main St., PCT Realty Venture, plan to allow a tenant to keep operating there and to rent out the rest of the building for manufacturing or warehouse uses.

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    14. Greentown Initiative Links Startups with Manufacturers

      Greentown Initiative Links Startups with Manufacturers

      Adam Rodrigues, manufacturing fellow with Greentown labs, says his job description can be smashed down to two words: Making matches. That would be matches between startups across the state, and especially those within the 413, and manufacturers in Western Mass. that can help bring a concept to the marketplace. He’s already made several of these matches and plans to make many more, connections that have a number of benefits — for the startups, the manufacturers, the region, and the state.

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    15. Springfield Crrc Ma honored, rail car production begins next month

      Springfield Crrc Ma honored, rail car production begins next month

      The new CRRC MA rail car manufacturing complex in East Springfield is the state's engineering accomplishment of the year, according to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts. The group honored CRRC at its annual meeting Wednesday. That honor comes as CRRC nears the start of production. The Chinese-owned company will start building new cars for the MBTA Orange Line in April.

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    16. 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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    17. Manufacturing Field Is Turning More Heads

      Manufacturing Field Is Turning More Heads

      While the region’s manufacturers continue to struggle to find qualified help and fill the enormous voids being left by retiring Baby Boomers, it appears that some progress is being made in efforts to inspire young people to consider the field and start down a path toward a career within it. Conversations with students at Springfield Technical Community College reveal that, while considerable work remains to be done to meet the workforce needs of this sector, some perceptions about it are changing.

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    18. Meet the Manufacturer: Cofab Design

      Meet the Manufacturer: Cofab Design

      Cofab Design is a physical design consultancy, located at Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke, that solves problems for problem solvers. They research, design, engineer, and scale products and projects. Their clients vary in size — ranging from startups to multinational manufacturers — but share in the uniqueness of their design and manufacturing challenges. They assess needs and provide support or complete project leadership to turn challenges into insights and insights into objects

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    19. '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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    20. 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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    21. Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Technical School partner with industry on workforce development

      Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Technical School partner with industry on workforce development

      Franklin County Technical School partners with Greenfield Community College to provide evening adult education programs in manufacturing technologies and with businesses to educate a new generation of workers and to retrain adults who are unemployed or underemployed. The ninth cohort of adult learners graduated from the advanced manufacturing CNC (computer numerical control) operator training program in December.

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    22. Chicopee's MicroTek cable manufacturer is 'wired for excellence'

      Chicopee's MicroTek cable manufacturer is 'wired for excellence'

      In the early 1980s, when the state was shuttering its schools and hospitals for the disabled, three concerned residents of Hampden County were worried about the security of those being so abruptly re-introduced into mainstream communities. The trio created MicroTek so that people with intellectual and physical disabilities would have a path to earn an income. A nonprofit with an altruistic mission, Chicopee's MicroTek manufactures custom cable and wire configurations for equipment used globally in the medical, scientific and security industries.

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    23. CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      Technicians at the Great Boston transit system's rail yard are test driving Springfield's future. The prototype Orange Line cars represent a step toward greater reliability and frequency of service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. What's more, the cars carry with them the hopes CRRC, the largest manufacturer of railroad rolling stock in the world, holds for expanding into the North American market. The prototype cars going through "dynamic" -- meaning moving -- testing this month at the MBTA's Wellington station in Medford were built by CRRC in China.

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    24. Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Bankrupt Southworth Paper Co. is selling its Agawam plant for $1.88 million to investors from Adams. The city of Agawam has first claim on $140,000 it's owed by Southworth. Papers field this week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield detail the sale. Southworth needed court permission to transfer its assets after filing in September for federal bankruptcy protection. Southworth abruptly shut down its operations in August 2017, saying it could no longer get financing. The company, in business for 178 years, had 120 employees in Agawam, the Turners Falls section of Montague, and Seattle.

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