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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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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    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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.

    11. 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

    12. “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

    13. 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

    14. Universal Plastics Certified as Minority Owned Business

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      Universal Plastics Corporation, a Massachusetts based custom thermoforming manufacturer, announced today that it has received certification as a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE) by the Supplier Diversity Office of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MBE certification is the most widely recognized certification for minority-owned businesses in the United States. "Companies today are implementing diversity initiatives as a component of their sourcing strategy. We are pleased to be officially recognized as a minority-owned business enterprise,” said Jay Kumar, President of Universal Plastics. “This certification will assist in our growth and ability to better service your OEM customer base”, Kumar said

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    15. MBTA proposal could lead to more business for Springfield rail car manufacturer, but no decisions final yet

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      MBTA proposal could lead to more business for Springfield rail car manufacturer, but no decisions final yet

      The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority might increase capacity on its busy Red Line by replacing 86 subway cars instead of refurbishing them — a move that could bring more business to Springfield and the massive CRRC rail car factory now under construction on Page Boulevard. The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board heard a proposal Monday from engineers to buy new Red Line cars in addition to the 132 the agency has already ordered from Chinese-owned CRRC USA Rail Corp.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    16. Springfield job fair aims at helping veterans gain employment in manufacturing,...

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      Springfield job fair aims at helping veterans gain employment in manufacturing,...

      SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Partners for Community Action and Harmon Personnel Services are inviting veterans to participate in a job fair on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Springfield Partners office, 721 State St.

      The "Veterans Work First" job fair is from 10 a.m. to noon. The organizers are inviting all veterans and active duty personnel to take part for career placement services.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Titeflex turns 100 and continues to grow in former Indian Motocycle, Rolls-Royce plant

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      Titeflex turns 100 and continues to grow in former Indian Motocycle, Rolls-Royce plant

      Titeflex, maker of tough, high-pressure hoses for everything from the Boeing 787 and Airbus 380 jetliners to Ford and Ram pickup trucks, is turning 100 years old and looking to the future. Even now, workers are turning a section of hallway at Titeflex's historic plant at 603 Hendee St. into more space for product assemblers

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      Mentions:   Boeing   Springfield   Titeflex

    18. Prolamina of Westfield, maker of sugar packets and other packaging, celebrates expansion

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      Prolamina of Westfield, maker of sugar packets and other packaging, celebrates expansion

      Prolamina, the former Jen-Coat, celebrated last week the near completion of its $4 million, 31,000-square-foot renovation and expansion project at its 132 North Elm St. plant, as well as cooperation from the state and city that made the expansion possible. Gregory R. Tucker, CEO of Prolamina and its parent company, ProAmpac, said Westfield officials understood that communities have to help manufacturers be competitive or those manufacturers won't be there.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    19. OMG Inc. to Host Open House, Job Fair on Oct. 1

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      OMG Inc. to Host Open House, Job Fair on Oct. 1

      OMG Inc., a global supplier of specialty fasteners and products for commercial roofing and residential construction applications, will host an open house at its Agawam headquarters on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will include a variety of family-oriented activities as well as a job fair and tours of its state-of-the-art factory. “OMG is a great business and an excellent employer,” said Hubert McGovern, president. “We like to involve the community in our activities whenever possible. We get very positive feedback from our employees when ...

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    20. At 'topping off' ceremony for $95 million Springfield factory, CRRC says it will start hiring workers in October

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      At 'topping off' ceremony for $95 million Springfield factory, CRRC says it will start hiring workers in October

      Chinese rail car maker CRRC plans to start hiring production workers for its new subway-car plant here on Page Boulevard in October and start sending them to China for advanced training by February. That's the next step, CRRC officials said, following Thursday's "topping off" ceremony at the $95 million plant in East Springfield. "This first group of workers will come back and help train others," said Bo Jia, vice president of CRRC MA, through a translator. "We are very excited."

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College

    21. Gov. Baker, CRRC executives to attend 'topping off' of East Springfield train car factory

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      Gov. Baker, CRRC executives to attend 'topping off' of East Springfield train car factory

      Gov. Charlie Baker will join executives from rail car maker CRRC MA, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and others Thursday to conduct a "topping off" ceremony for CRRC MA's new $95 million plant in East Springfield. The ceremony is stet to being at noon, according to the governor's office. Also scheduled to speak are: state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, MBTA acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve; CRRC Vice President Yu Weiping and CRRC MA President and Chairman Chuanhe Zhou.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.

    22. VVM Manufacturing Accelerator

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      VVM Manufacturing Accelerator

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), a nonprofit recognized by the Governor’s office as one of the strongest entrepreneurship programs in the Commonwealth, in partnership with MassDevelopment, the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association, and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, is launching the nation’s first manufacturing accelerator.  

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    23. Meredith-Springfield Associates of Ludlow making 20,000 plastic spheres for Kennedy Center in Washington

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      Meredith-Springfield Associates of Ludlow making 20,000 plastic spheres for Kennedy Center in Washington

      Plastics manufacturer Meredith-Springfield Associates of Ludlow is manufacturing 20,000 hollow plastic spheres that will be incorporated into the poured concrete of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington as part of a $100 million expansion set to open in 2018. The spheres, which Meredith-Springfield has manufactured for other architectural projects, are used to create voids within wire cages set into the concrete. This means the structure can be lighter because the spheres displace roughly 30 percent of the structural concrete that would have been used. This means the design can incorporate long spans without the ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    24. Smith & Wesson buys laser sight maker Crimson Trace

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      Smith & Wesson buys laser sight maker Crimson Trace

      Springfield gunmaker Smith & Wesson announced Tuesday that it has purchased Crimson Trace Corp., an Oregon maker of laser sights and tactical lighting for firearms, for $95 million. Founded 22 years ago to make laser sights for Smith & Wesson competitor Glock pistols, Crimison Trace has long supplied laser sights and gun-mounted flashlights to Smith & Wesson, the Springfield company said in a news release.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

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