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    1. Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant

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      Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant

      The state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council on Wednesday approved the town's five-year tax break for New York-based Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. which plans to begin producing 500 million envelopes next year at a plant they will lease on Gaylord Street The state action means the special tax assessment will provide Mohawk a 100 percent real estate tax break the first year, 75 percent the second year, 50 percent the third and 25 percent the fourth. The company begins paying the fully assessed value of taxes in the fifth year. South Hadley Town Meeting unanimously approved the STA last month.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    2. Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant

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      Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant

      Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. has chosen to locate a new envelope production center on Gaylord Street, the town administrator told the selectboard at Tuesday's meeting. The New York-based company was also considering a location in Chicopee. Mohawk senior vice president Robert Scannell, who attended last month's South Hadley Town Meeting - when the assembly unanimously approved four year tax break for the firm - said the vote was "a tremendous outcome."

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    3. Massachusetts announces $1.5 million for manufacturing training and additional

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      Massachusetts announces $1.5 million for manufacturing training and additional

      Massachusetts is putting nearly $1.5 million into vocational training for manufacturers over the next 18 months and also granting $400,000 to update the machine shop at Smith Vocational and Agricultural School in Northampton. The  $1.5 million is a continuation of grants the state has been giving regional employment boards around the state for a few years now, said Greg Bialecki, outgoing state secretary of Housing and Economic Development. The grants are for 18 months, not the 12-month grants the state had been making. The money is administered through Commonwealth Corp.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.

    4. Northampton's Smith Vocational High School is in line for $400,000 state grant

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      Northampton's Smith Vocational High School is in line for $400,000 state grant

      Smith Vocational and Educational High School is about to receive a $400,000 grant from on the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development to by state-of-the art equipment to train its students. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson was on his way to the University of Massachusetts Monday morning to receive the grant, which will not become official until the school and the state sign a contract. The money will come out of the Capital Equipment Industry Training Program, which buys equipment for vocational schools. Smith must submit a list of equipment is wants and documentation showing it was chosen with ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Northampton

    5. Whalley Precision buys L.W. Seecamp pistol company, shifts production to Southwick | masslive.com

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      Whalley Precision buys L.W. Seecamp pistol company, shifts production to Southwick | masslive.com

      Whalley Precision in Southwick has been manufacturing machine parts of high quality under quick turnaround times for more than 25 years.  Whalley-made parts even flew in the space shuttle, albeit as part of the spacecraft's toilet assembly.  But Whalley Precision never had a project of its own, something it started and finished and shipped out ready for the consumer's hands.  That was until this week when the first Southwick-made L.W. Seecamp Co. pistols were completed and tested in Southwick

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    6. Smith & Wesson to bid on Pentagon handgun contract with General Dynamics as a partner | masslive.com

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      Smith & Wesson to bid on Pentagon handgun contract with General Dynamics as a partner | masslive.com

      Smith & Wesson has partnered with defense giant General Dynamics to compete for the job of providing the next generation of handguns to U.S. Service members.
      The Pentagon plans to open a competition next month and start production and deliver the first new handguns in 2017.  Smith & Wesson plans to announce its most recent sales and earnings figures later Thursday, Dec. 4.  According to published report, the contract could be for 'several hundred thousand', handguns, replacing the 9mm Beretta the Army introduced in 1985.

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      Mentions:   General Dynamics   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    7. Springfield's Smith & Wesson buys Battenfield Technologies, maker of gun supplies and accessories | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Smith & Wesson buys Battenfield Technologies, maker of gun supplies and accessories | masslive.com

      Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. has agreed to buy Missouri-based Battenfield Technologies Inc. for $130.5 million in cash.  With a 145,000-square-foot facility in Columbia, Mo., 22-year-old Battenfield sells shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning products under several brand names: Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Wheeler Engineering, Tipton Gun Cleaning Supplies and Lockdown Vault Accessories.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. International Metal Products of Chicopee to expand with $350,000 MassDevelopment loan | masslive

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      International Metal Products of Chicopee to expand with $350,000 MassDevelopment loan | masslive

      International Metal Products in Chicopee, also known as IMP, plans to expand production and its workforce with a $350,000 loan secured through MassDevelopment and Nuvo Bank & Trust Co.  The 100-year-old company makes polished metal products including rings for shampoo bottles and machine parts, but specializes in metal clips for pens.  According to MassDevelopment, International Metal Products will use the $350,000 to meet toll and die design costs. The equipment has been ordered.  The company is making the move because of increasing demand for it s products from around the world.  International Metal Products expects the expansion to create ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    9. Tell Tool TIF tax deal passes Westfield City Council | masslive

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      Tell Tool TIF tax deal passes Westfield City Council | masslive

      A Westfield company will receive a tax discount on its upcoming expansion, but city councilors were quick say the deal is different from a recent controversial tax deal with another local company.  At Thursday night's city council meeting, Tell Tool Inc. was awarded a tax increment financing agreement (TIF) for a 30,000-square-foot expansion to its facility on Turnpike Industrial Road in Westfield. The company has been in Westfield for more than 45 years, and as part of the agreement it will add 17 new employees.  In the TIF, Tell Tool receives a tax break on the expanded portion ...

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    10. Reports: Toymaker Hasbro in talks to merge with Dreamworks Animation led by Jeffrey Katzenberg | masslive

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      Reports: Toymaker Hasbro in talks to merge with Dreamworks Animation led by Jeffrey Katzenberg | masslive

      Hasbro, which has a board game factory in East Longmeadow, is in talks to merge with DreamWorks Animation, a Hollywood player run by mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, according to published reports.  In recent years, Hasbro has been seeking its fortunes in the entertainment industry, taking game franchises like 'Battleship' to the silver screen.  Dreamworks Animation is known for the 'How to Train Your Dragon' and 'Madagascar' films.

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      Mentions:   The Republican   Hasbro, Inc.

    11. Westfield Voc-Tech aviation program, Franklin Tech manufacturing center highlighted in report on school-industry collaboration | masslive

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      Westfield Voc-Tech aviation program, Franklin Tech manufacturing center highlighted in report on school-industry collaboration | masslive

      Westfield Vocational Technical School's plan to create a hands-on aviation technology program and Franklin County Technical School's revamped machine program could serve as a model for similar co-operative programs around the state.  That's contention supported in the new report out Thursday: 'Filling the Skills Gap: Massachusetts Vocational-Technical Schools and Business Partnerships' from the Pioneer Institute.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    12. South Hadley Town Meeting approves tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers to locate envelope plant in town

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      South Hadley Town Meeting approves tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers to locate envelope plant in town

      Town Meeting on Wednesday unanimously approved a tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. - matching a similar action recently taken by Chicopee City Council, as the two communities strive to persuade the company to locate in their municipality. Mohawk officials attended the South Hadley meeting and told reporters after the affirmative vote they liked what they saw.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    13. For the Long Haul | BusinessWest

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      For the Long Haul | BusinessWest

      CNR MA expects to break ground on its new, $60 million plant sometime in 2015, just as planned worker-training programs begin to gear up. The initial project to build 152 Orange Line cars and 132 Red Line cars — replacing vehicles that have been in use for between 35 and 45 years — is set to continue until a planned delivery date of 2021, but by then, the company is hopeful that an expanded workforce will be busy with other projects well into the future.  “This is huge,” Cruise said, “not only for the whole issue of job creation, but also for ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    14. 37 jobs, $2 million investment possibility has South Hadley Selectboard supporting tax break for envelope company; Town Meeting to vote also

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      37 jobs, $2 million investment possibility has South Hadley Selectboard supporting tax break for envelope company; Town Meeting to vote also

      Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. is eyeing two locations: one in South Hadley Falls, and one in Chicopee, and is expected to make their decision next month. Both communities are offering the tax break, South Hadley Town Administrator Michael Sullivan said. According to an application Mohawk filed with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, the firm plans to manufacture 500 million envelopes annually.  The company says in the state application they would employ 37 full-time, invest $2 million in a 100,000-square-foot parcel they would lease from Lakestar Properties, and "engage the South Hadley Electric Light Department to determine Mohawk's ...

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Chicopee

    15. MassDOT Board of Directors approves Springfield CNR Changchun contract for the MBTA | masslive

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      MassDOT Board of Directors approves Springfield CNR Changchun contract for the MBTA | masslive

      The MassDOT Board of Directors unanimously approved a contract worth at least $556.6 million with CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles to build MBTA subway cars in Springfield at anew $60 million factory.  The CNR factory means 100 construction jobs. When operational, the facility will create 150 new manufacturing jobs.  The site selected by CNR Changchun on Page Boulevard was once home to Westinghouse and was attractive to Changchun because its 40 acres were cleared for possible casino development. The site also has high-capacity power lines and access to both CSX rail lines and to Interstate 291.  The MBTA is buying ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   CSX

    16. Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

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      Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

      The governor revealed that CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. will build a 125,000-square-foot rail car assembly plant and a 33,700-square-foot office building on this East Springfield graveyard of 7,000 good-paying industrial jobs. The factory’s initial work will be to assemble $1.5 billion worth of new cars for Boston’s Red and Orange lines, but the Chinese plan to make this their North American headquarters.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    17. Meridian Industrial Group of Holyoke gets state employee training grant | masslive

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      Meridian Industrial Group of Holyoke gets state employee training grant | masslive

      Meridian Industrial Group, a Holyoke company that specializes in machining very large parts for the power generation, medical, defense and aerospace industries, has received a $63,900 worker-training grant from the state.  The company will use the grant to train 28 employees and add three more. It has a total of 30 employees.  The grant was one of 28 grants from the Workforce Training Fund announced recently by Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian. The grants are awarded through the Commonwealth Corp. All told, they will go to 72 companies around Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Holyoke

    18. With Hyundai Rotem and CNR Changchun, Springfield now has two chances for

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      With Hyundai Rotem and CNR Changchun, Springfield now has two chances for

      "I'm very pleased that we have two world-class companies that are in competition for the MBTA bid and have found that Springfield is their top spot," Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Friday."It brings a lot of good paying precision machining jobs, a lot of opportunity and a growing tax base." There are a number of other bidders. But no others are interested in Springfield, said Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. Blair expects the MBTA to make a decision very soon, probably in November. "It certainly is good for ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    19. Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield stresses importance of a trained work force | masslive

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      Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield stresses importance of a trained work force | masslive

      VSS, the former Valley Steel Stamp, in Greenfield grew from 25 employees to 50 employees once Franklin County Technical School improved and expanded its machine technology program.  But if machine technology programs were even bigger, VSS would already be at 100 employees and still growing, said Steve Capshaw, president of the company which does commercial and aerospace machining.  Growth in the aircraft business, a demand for increasingly sophisticated parts, rising wages in China and increasing transportation costs all lead to increased opportunities for VSS.  'We have competed with China for business and have been quite successful,' Capshaw said

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield   Greenfield

    20. GCC Wins Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Training

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      GCC Wins Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Training

      The Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) awards are presented to educational facilities that serve as models in the manufacturing industry when it comes to developing an outstanding learning culture. Schools are selected based on adoption of Tooling U-SME’s online training program and strong utilization rates of online training in a blended learning format. These six schools join 21 other past TUPEC awardees.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    21. Smith & Wesson donates $21,000 to Putnam Vocational Technical Academy for technology fund

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      Smith & Wesson donates $21,000 to Putnam Vocational Technical Academy for technology fund

      Smith & Wesson has a vested interest in students at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy. Putnam students, who are learning advanced manufacturing techniques, represent the future of a company that depends on the pipeline of skilled workers the firearms maker needs to compete in a global economy, according to Mark Smith, vice president of manufacturing and supply management at Smith & Wesson.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    22. Aviation technology program advances at Westfield Vocational High School

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      Aviation technology program advances at Westfield Vocational High School

      A new education program planned in Westfield could give students a fast track to high-paying jobs in the aviation industry, and in the process fill employment gaps for local companies. At a Wednesday meeting at Westfield Vocational High School, city and school officials explained their plan for an aviation technology education program to visiting Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki. Bialecki toured the school and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton as part of Advanced Manufacturing Week in Massachusetts. The air manufacturing program will give students a path from middle school through college to pursue jobs in ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield

    23. Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

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      Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

      Friday is National Advanced Manufacturing Day, but the Governor kicked it up a notch, planning week-long events celebrating the industry’s success here in the Bay State. Advanced Manufacturing is a growing industry in Massachusetts, especially in western parts of the state. So far, more than 7-thousand manufacturing firms have offices in the Bay State, creating 250-thousand jobs. The Patrick administration will spend the rest of the week highlighting manufacturing’s impact on the state and the programs in place to help the industry flourish.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield

    24. Tax deal proposed for Westfield plastic packaging company

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      Tax deal proposed for Westfield plastic packaging company

      A plastic manufacturing company that has been in Westfield for 40 years is ready to make some changes, and it’s negotiating a tax deal with the city to do so. Prolamina, formerly Jen-Coat, is hoping for a Special Tax Assessment that will coincide with improvements to its Elm Street headquarters. City Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said the company plans significant changes, and the city needs to incentivize investment in Prolamina’s Westfield location. “The status quo is not an option,” Mitchell said. Prolamina opened its Westfield location in 1971 and has 256 full-time employees. Mitchell said the STA will ...

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