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    1. Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $775 million

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      Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $775 million

      Stanley Black & Decker added to its portfolio Thursday by buying the venerable Craftsman brand from Sears for for $775 million. In October, Stanley Black & Decker bought Lenox American Saw along with other parts of the the Newell Brands tool division for $1.95 billion in cash. That deal also included Newell's Irwin brand. That deal included the 500,000-square-foot Lenox American Saw factory in East Longmeadow, with its 640 employees. A total of 900 people manufacture and market Lenox saw blades and tools in more than 70 countries.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. Smith & Wesson completes name change to American Outdoor Brands

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      Smith & Wesson completes name change to American Outdoor Brands

      Venerable Smith & Wesson completed its transition Tuesday to a new corporate name -- American Outdoor Brands Corporation -- which is more fitting with its diversification strategy. The new name, first announced in November, brings with it a new stock ticker symbol on the Nasdaq exchange: AOBC. The holding company has new website at www.aob.com, but will maintain its smith-wesson.com site as a product site for its the firearms brand, which will remain Smith & Wesson.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    3. CRRC Springfield plant might do train car maintenance for MBTA, too

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      CRRC Springfield plant might do train car maintenance for MBTA, too

      Besides supplying new subway cars for the MBTA, the gargantuan CRRC MA rail car factory nearing completion in East Springfield might get work doing heavy maintenance on cars for the T, according to the state's transportation secretary. The T is digging itself out of a $7 billion differed maintenance hole and has no interest in climbing back down under a pile of breaking equipment anytime soon, Secretary Stephanie Pollack told reporters and editors at The Republican and MassLive during an hour-long meeting Wednesday.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    4. Employee Satisfaction, Innovation Key to OMG’s Success

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      Employee Satisfaction, Innovation Key to OMG’s Success

      Hubert McGovern says people might wonder why a company would choose to manufacture screws in Agawam when they could be made far more inexpensively overseas.  “Twenty years ago, someone asked our board of directors why we hadn’t moved to China,” McGovern, president of OMG Roofing Products, told BusinessWest. “Many manufacturers have moved jobs overseas, and it’s no different in the screw business. But that’s not our story.”

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    5. Crrc Ma Springfield plant has deal to build subway cars for Los Angeles

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      Crrc Ma Springfield plant has deal to build subway cars for Los Angeles

      CRRC MA has a deal to manufacture new subway cars for Los Angeles, and the Chinese-owned company plans to do final assembly on those cars at its Springfield plant. On Dec. 2 in Los Angeles, the board of directors of the Metro public transit system in Southern California approved a $178.4 million deal to purchase 64 new subway cars for its Red Line and Purple Line from CRRC. The deal has an option for the Metro to buy 218 more cars.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    6. US Tsubaki kicks off $11.5 million Chicopee expansion (Photos)

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      US Tsubaki kicks off $11.5 million Chicopee expansion (Photos)

      Workspace totaling 100,000 square feet, 35 new jobs, and $11.5 million dollars. Those are the important numbers of US Tsubaki Automotive's expansion of their manufacturing plant in Chicopee at the Westover Industrial Park. Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos, State Rep. Joseph Wagner, and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash joined US Tsubaki Automotive LLC president Dan Butterfield as they broke ground on the expansion of the Chicopee facility on Monday. "This is very exciting news for the city of Chicopee," Kos said. "My administration worked very closely with the City Council and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Joseph Wagner

    7. SuperBrush, a Springfield manufacturer, expands by expanding market

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      SuperBrush, a Springfield manufacturer, expands by expanding market

      SuperBrush has 95 employees today, up from 60 five years ago. The company opened a 10,000-square-foot, $3 million expansion in September and has plans to expand again by adding a second floor inside one of its high-ceiling wings, said General Manager Misty McGinnes.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Solutia, Inc.

    8. Training, networking among challenges facing WMass manufacturers

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      Training, networking among challenges facing WMass manufacturers

      Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, said manufacturing is particularly important to Western Massachusetts, where a study a couple of years ago found there are an estimated 18,000 open manufacturing jobs in the corridor from Springfield to Hartford, Connecticut. A manufacturing job that pays a wage of around $75,000 could move someone into the middle class in Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Robert DeLeo

    9. Boston-area clean tech startup Greentown Labs to open Springfield office

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      Boston-area clean tech startup Greentown Labs to open Springfield office

      Greentown Labs, a Somerville-based incubator for clean technology start-ups, plans to open an office in Springfield to connect businesses in eastern and Western Massachusetts. The Springfield office will help hardware businesses in the Boston area connect with manufacturers and startups in the western part of the state. The goal is to ensure that before a company looks for an out-of-state supplier, it will first look at companies in Massachusetts. The Greentown Labs satellite office will be located at Springfield Technology Park, a business complex across the road from Springfield Technical Community College. Greentown Labs CEO Emily Reichert said the new ...

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      Mentions:   Robert DeLeo   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    10. Accelerator Helps Job Shops Find New Ways to Thrive

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      Accelerator Helps Job Shops Find New Ways to Thrive

      alley Venture Mentors has made a name for itself providing invaluable mentoring and technical assistance to mostly young, startup ventures. But this fall, it has taken its ‘tough-love’ approach to helping business owners become more competitive and efficient to some businesses that are anything but young. Indeed, several of the participants in VVM’s Manufacturing Accelerator are decades old. But they are learning new ways to communicate with and better serve customers — and gain new ones.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    11. Here is what the new Red Line cars being built in Springfield will look like

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      Here is what the new Red Line cars being built in Springfield will look like

      The MBTA on Monday released an image of what the new Red Line cars, which will be manufactured in Springfield, are expected to look like. A manufacturing plant in Springfield is building the Red Line cars, along with Orange Line cars. The Chinese-owned rail company CRRC is building the Springfield facility, which is scheduled to start producing the cars in April 2018. CRRC won a $565 million contract to build 152 new Orange Line cars and 132 Red Line cars in the Springfield plant, which will be the company's North American headquarters.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. Here's what the new Orange Line cars being built in Springfield look like

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      Here's what the new Orange Line cars being built in Springfield look like

      The MBTA on Monday released images of the new Orange Line cars, set to be manufactured in Springfield by the CRRC MA Corporation. CRRC MA Corp., a Chinese-owned rail company, has a contract to make 284 rail cars: 152 for the Orange Line and 132 for the Red Line. State and company officials broke ground on the subway car factory in September 2015.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    13. Chinese Business Executives to Visit Western New England University

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      On Friday, Oct. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Western New England University (WNEU), in partnership with Global Corporate College and Massachusetts Community Colleges, will host a delegation of 20 senior business representatives from the equivalent of Fortune 500 companies owned by the Chinese government. The delegation is in the U.S. for a short-term professional-development program aiming to highlight best practices, showcase new innovation, and share insights on industry trends. The participants are primarily from technical industries, with delegates from companies representing coal, petroleum, heavy equipment, and auto manufacturing.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    14. Gov. Charlie Baker gets crash course in Aviation Technology from students at Westfield...

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      Gov. Charlie Baker gets crash course in Aviation Technology from students at Westfield...

      Gov. Charlie Baker got a crash course in aviation technology from students and staff at Westfield Technical Academy during a visit to the high school late Tuesday afternoon. It was Baker's first visit to the technical high school and it follows the award last month of a $500,000 Massachusetts Workforce Training grant awarded to Westfield Technical Academy to enhance its new aviation technology program as well as its veteran manufacturing technology program.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    15. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy tour Super Brush in Indian Orchard

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      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy tour Super Brush in Indian Orchard

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy today re-toured Super Brush located at 800 Worcester Street in the Indian Orchard neighborhood to view, congratulate and thank them for their continued belief and $3 million building investment in the City of Springfield. Sarno said: "Super Brush is a 'hidden jewel' in Indian Orchard. Their clientele spans from national to international fronts. Their efforts can be seen on very common products to highly specialized tech products. Kevin and I are elated that this investment was necessitated by strong company growth." For more than sixty years, Super Brush has been ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy

    16. Hazen Paper of Holyoke scores at Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

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      Hazen Paper of Holyoke scores at Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

      Hazen Paper Co. created a coordinated, custom package of holographic promotional items and event souvenirs for the 2016 Enshrinement at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. This is the fourth year Hazen has been invited to produce event-marketing materials to stimulate interest, generate income, enhance visitor experience and deliver maximum impact to advertisers; this time the ensemble included a keepsake poster, as well as tickets for a series of related events, and the covers of a souvenir golf classic program and the commemorative enshrinement program.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Basketball Hall of Fame

    17. Lenox American Saw sees East Longmeadow workforce as an asset

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      Lenox American Saw sees East Longmeadow workforce as an asset

      Management at the sprawling Lenox American Saw plant in East Longmeadow considered the skilled workforce there an asset, and over the past year openly considered shifting more production there, said Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. Sullivan spoke Wednesday after news broke that Stanley Black & Decker of New Britain, Connecticut, purchased the Newell Brands tool division for $1.95 billion in cash. The division includes Lenox American Saw, which has about 640 employees in East Longmeadow, out of the 900 people who manufacture and market Lenox saw blades and tools in ...

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      Mentions:   Rick Sullivan

    18. East Longmeadow-based Lenox American Saw sold to Stanley Black & Decker as part of $1.95 billion package | masslive.com

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      East Longmeadow-based Lenox American Saw sold to Stanley Black & Decker as part of $1.95 billion package | masslive.com

      Stanley Black & Decker has purchased the Newell Brands tool division including East Longmeadow-based Lenox American Saw for $1.95 billion in cash, Stanley announced Wednesday.  Stanley is based in New Britain, Connecticut.  Lenox American Saw has about 640 employees in East Longmeadow, according to the company. That's out of the 900 people who manufacture and market Lenox saw blades and tools in more than 70 countries.

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    19. U.S. Tsubaki in Chicopee receives final approval for 100,000 square-foot addition

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      U.S. Tsubaki in Chicopee receives final approval for 100,000 square-foot addition

      The Planning Board gave U.S. Tsubaki final approvals to build a 100,000 square-foot addition that will allow the company to add a new manufacturing system and hire about 35 more employees. Company President Dan Butterfield requested approval of a final site plan for the about $11.5 million expansion of the building and a parking area and a waiver that would allow the company to bypass the preliminary plan phase. "Our hope is to get started before winter," he said, explaining the request for the waiver. The Planning Board found few problems with the plan to expand the ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    20. Kate Phelon Named to Mass. Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative

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      Kate Phelon Named to Mass. Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative

      Kate Phelon, executive director of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, was appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to the Mass. Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) in September. This appointment is one of three by the governor; the other two are representatives of advanced-manufacturing companies. Phelon will be part of a commission looking at the future of manufacturing in Massachusetts. “I am very honored and excited about this appointment and appreciate the state’s leadership in recognizing the role a chamber of commerce representative can have in not only formulating agenda’s for particular industries, but the outreach we have with our ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

    21. Lenox American Saw in East Longmeadow is for sale, says owner Newell Brands | masslive.com

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      Lenox American Saw in East Longmeadow is for sale, says owner Newell Brands | masslive.com

      Conglomerate Newell Brands, the former Newell Rubbermaid, is in the process of selling Lenox American Saw in East Longmeadow and a number of its other subsidiaries around the world as part of a corporate restructuring announced Tuesday. Lenox American Saw has about 640 employees in East Longmeadow, according to the company. That's out of the 900 people who manufacture and market Lenox saw blades and tools in more than 70 countries.

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      Mentions:   Yankee Candle, Inc.

    22. State workforce development grant provides new equipment for two Westfield Technical...

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      State workforce development grant provides new equipment for two Westfield Technical...

      The School Department will use a $500,000 state grant to enhance training of students enrolled in manufacturing technology and aviation technology at Westfield Technical Academy. Superintendent of Schools Stefan Czaporowski said Wednesday the Massachusetts Workforce Training grant announced last week will be equally divided among the two vocational programs. Funding will enhance the training of at least 16 students enrolled in each program.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    23. “Manufacturing Day” on October 6 at Eastworks in Easthampton

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      “Manufacturing Day” on October 6 at Eastworks in Easthampton

      The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) will host a “Manufacturing Day” event on Thursday, October 6 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in Easthampton, to celebrate the diverse range of manufacturing enterprise in Hampshire County.  The event takes place at the Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton at the West End Suite (#160) across from Riff’s Café. At least a dozen Hampshire County manufacturers will be present to share information about their products, production process and companies.  The event theme is “Quality, Technology, Innovation.”  Admission is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield Technical Community College   Greenfield Community College

    24. Downtown Chicopee business granted OK to expand

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      Downtown Chicopee business granted OK to expand

      The City Council voted 12-0 to change the zoning of a nearly 5,000 square-foot lot at 11 Chestnut St. from multi-family residential to business so Tunstall Corporation can build an addition to the back of its existing building on Exchange Street. Earlier in the month the Planning Board also endorsed the zone change, saying the property is next to other businesses and would fit with the downtown neighborhood.  "We are a business in Chicopee and we have been here for 30 years. We have 20 employees and we need more office space," said Thomas Tunstall, one of the company ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

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