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    1. Steel Partners recognizes OMG, Inc. for operational excellence | masslive.com

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      Steel Partners recognizes OMG, Inc. for operational excellence | masslive.com

      Three kaizen teams from OMG Inc. have been recognized as 2016 Steel PartnersBusiness System Hall of Fame winners. The Steel Partners Business System uses lean principles and tools, including kaizens, to increase sales, improve business processes, and reduce and eliminate waste and variation, according to a news release from OMG.

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      Mentions:   Basketball Hall of Fame

    2. Trident Alloys in Springfield has first-of-its kind robot building sand molds for metal casting | masslive.com

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      Trident Alloys in Springfield has first-of-its kind robot building sand molds for metal casting | masslive.com

      In modern-day Springfield's North End, a new robot playfully nicknamed by his new owners in Neptune's honor is carrying Trident Alloys Inc. into the future of high-tech manufacturing.  Neptune is a 3-D printer. But instead of printing in plastic like the 3-D printers becoming more popular in industry and academia, Neptune prints in sand, creating the sand molds Trident uses to cast parts in steel and stainless steel.
      A partnership between Trident, Palmer Manufacturing of Ohio, which makes foundry equipment and software, and robotics creator Viridis3D of Woburn, Neptune is the first sand-mold printing robot in the country.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield

    3. Series of Key Partnerships Will Help Develop a Rail-car Workforce

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      Series of Key Partnerships Will Help Develop a Rail-car Workforce

      When a company from across the globe sets up shop in Springfield, it can’t exactly bring its workforce with it.  “We need 100% new employees,” said Bobby Doyle, senior consultant for CRRC MA USA, the Chinese rail-car manufacturer currently building a $95 million production plant at the former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard. “We can’t transfer people from China here; it wouldn’t work.”  Among the reasons CRRC — formerly CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles — chose Springfield, however, was optimism that the city and region could supply a workforce to support what will become the company’s North American headquarters ...

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

    4. Pelican Products Looks to Become a True Household Name

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      Pelican Products Looks to Become a True Household Name

      For decades now, the names Pelican and Hardigg (which came together through a merger in 2008) have been well-known in the commercial, government, and public-safety realms, with containers used to ship everything from missile guidance systems to laboratory specimens. Now, the company — and the plant in South Deerfield that has been one of Franklin County’s largest employers for 60 years — is also making coolers, luggage, and cell-phone protectors, taking this brand places it’s never been before.

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    5. Friendly's sells retail ice cream and manufacturing, new owner promises to keep Wilbraham factory | masslive.com

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      Friendly's sells retail ice cream and manufacturing, new owner promises to keep Wilbraham factory | masslive.com

      Friendly's Ice Cream announced Monday night that it has sold its retail ice cream and manufacturing business to Dallas, Texas-based Dean Foods Company for $155 million in cash.  Friendly's Ice Cream had $166 million in net sales of ice cream to supermarkets in 2015, Dean Foods said.  Together with its franchisees, Friendly's has system-wide sales of over $500 million, Friendly's said.

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      Mentions:   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    6. Westfield and Worcester manufacturing students featured at Mfg4 trade show in Hartford | masslive.com

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      Westfield and Worcester manufacturing students featured at Mfg4 trade show in Hartford | masslive.com

      Manufacturing vocational students from Westfield Technical Academy and from Worcester Technical Academy will get a chance to show off their skills today when they take a featured role at the mammoth Mfg4 manufacturing trade show.  The Mfg4 show returns this week, Tuesday through Thursday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The show, expected to draw 200 exhibitors, is a sister show to the Eastec manufacturing show at the Eastern States Exhibition Grounds in West Springfield.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    7. Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

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      Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

      The Connecticut chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS CT) honored Tighe & Bond as Employer of the Year during its annual awards dinner on April 14 at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland, Conn. The recognition applauded the firm’s support of WTS, and for providing ongoing opportunities to advance women in their engineering and transportation careers. “It is an honor for our firm to receive this award, and we are thrilled that WTS CT selected us,” said David Pinsky, president and CEO of Tighe & Bond, who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. “Our firm takes recruiting ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Tighe & Bond

    8. Easthampton building materials company moving back to Chicopee | masslive.com

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      Easthampton building materials company moving back to Chicopee | masslive.com

      The Holden Humphrey Co. started in Chicopee in 1987 and moved to Easthampton in 2006. Monday it announced it is seeking more space and will return to Chicopee, Mayor Richard J. Kos said in a written statement.  Company President and CEO Lance Humphrey signed a long-term lease to rent about half of the building at 77 Champion Drive. He plans to move the company's 40 employees and equipment by September, Kos said.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Easthampton

    9. Dr. Ira Rubenzahl Learning Laboratory

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      Dr. Ira Rubenzahl Learning Laboratory

      Dr. Ira Rubenzahl Learning Laboratory

      President, Springfield Technical Community College

      2004 - 2016

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield   Ira Rubenzahl

    10. As hiring begins, WMass officials tour construction of CRRC MA subway car plant in East Springfield  | masslive.com

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      As hiring begins, WMass officials tour construction of CRRC MA subway car plant in East Springfield  | masslive.com

      Dianguo Cui, chairman of CRRC, a company based in China and the world's largest rail car maker, received a warm welcome on his first visit to Springfield on Thursday to tour the site of a planned $95 million factory.  Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who was among city and CRRC officials touring the 40-acre former Westinghouse property in East Springfield, told Cui through an interpreter that the city wishes him and his company continued success as 'continued success for you is continued success for us.'

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    11. FloDesign Sonics of Wilbraham demonstrates technology at White House Water Summit | masslive.com

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      FloDesign Sonics of Wilbraham demonstrates technology at White House Water Summit | masslive.com

      FloDesign Sonics, a Wilbraham company that hopes to use sound waves as a filter, got to show off its technology at the White House Water Summit last month.  Jason Dionne the founding engineer at the company, was able to demonstrate FloDesign's technology to U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and others, according to a prepared statement issued by Western New England University.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University

    12. U.S. Tsubaki to build $11.5 million addition to Chicopee plant, create 35 new jobs | masslive.com

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      U.S. Tsubaki to build $11.5 million addition to Chicopee plant, create 35 new jobs | masslive.com

      U.S. Tsubaki is planning to expand its manufacturing plant by more than a third, add a new product line and create about 35 new jobs.  Mayor Richard J. Kos, Dan Butterfield, president of U.S. Tsubaki Auto LLC and City Council President John L. Vieau gathered in Chicopee City Hall Wednesday morning to announce the company's plans to build an about 100,000 square-foot addition to the plant of 106 Lonczak Drive . It will invest about $11.5 million initially and more than $20 million over five to seven years in the expansion.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    13. Tighe & Bond Secures Award for Engineering Excellence

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      Tighe & Bond Secures Award for Engineering Excellence

      The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts presented Tighe & Bond and Borrego Solar Systems with a Silver Award for the 3.5-megawatt North Adams E Street solar photovoltaic (PV) system during its 2016 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala. Held on March 16 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, this annual competition and event recognizes recent engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of merit, ingenuity, complexity, and client satisfaction.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Tighe & Bond

    14. CRRC MA subway car builder begins hiring for new East Springfield plant

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      CRRC MA subway car builder begins hiring for new East Springfield plant

      CRRC MA USA , the Chinese rail car manufacturer with a contact to build subway cars for the MBTA, has begun hiring for its factory and North American headquarters now under construction at the former Westinghouse site in East Springfield. CRRC MA is running ads online now through staffing company United Personnel in Springfield for two executives. One ad is for a director of manufacturing with at least 10 years of management experience. The successful candidate must be willing to make frequent trips to China and knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese language is preferred but not required.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Holyoke's Aegis Energy Services makes engines that produce energy kept on site, begins $7 million expansion | masslive.com

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      Holyoke's Aegis Energy Services makes engines that produce energy kept on site, begins $7 million expansion | masslive.com

      Aegis Energy employs 65 people and the expansion will add 30 to 100 new jobs.
      Mayor Alex B. Morse said innovation of companies Aegis Energy Services is what is coming to define Holyoke.  'I can't say enough about how significant this project is for the city of Holyoke,' Morse said.  The Aegis Energy $7 million investment will consist of rehabilitation of one of the Parsons Paper buildings and installation of machinery and a solar-panel array to produce energy, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development.  'We put a lot of energy and ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    16. CRRC MA to begin to develop workforce for new Springfield rail car factory | masslive.com

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      CRRC MA to begin to develop workforce for new Springfield rail car factory | masslive.com

      Chinese rail car maker CRRC MA USA is planning to ramp up plans for its $95 million factory at the former Westinghouse site in East Springfield, including efforts to partner with area institutions to develop a workforce.  Senior Consultant Bobby Doyle said CRRC MA has already identified the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield as key partners.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Northampton gun manufacturer Yankee Hill Machine will move to Easthampton | masslive.com

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      Northampton gun manufacturer Yankee Hill Machine will move to Easthampton | masslive.com

      The Easthampton Planning Board has approved the company's application to take over 412 Main St., former home of Argotec Stevens LLC, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.  Yankee Hill moved to its current building at 20 Ladd Ave. in the 1960s, the Gazette reports. The firm was founded in 1951 in Haydenville.  Yankee Hill co-owner Kevin Graham told the Gazette that the company had outgrown the old Florence mill building that was constructed in the 1860s. Sales have spiked 'tremendously' in recent years, he said.

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      Mentions:   Daily Hampshire Gazette   Northampton   Easthampton

    18. With hopes of spurring expansion, Chicopee agrees to 10-year tax agreement with U.S. Tsubaki Automotive | masslive.com

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      With hopes of spurring expansion, Chicopee agrees to 10-year tax agreement with U.S. Tsubaki Automotive | masslive.com

      The parent company of U.S. Tsubaki Automotive LLC. is expanding a product line in North America and is planning to add onto one of its plants in either Chicopee, Tennessee or Guanajuato, Mexico.  If the Chicopee plant is selected, the company will build an addition to its facility on 106 Lonczak Drive and add about 35 employees to its current 348-person staff. The company, which makes automotive timing chains and timing chain systems for most major manufacturers, would invest about $11.5 million between construction and adding new equipment.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    19. Smith & Wesson to announce quarterly earnings at close of stock market; anounces deal with General Dynamics | masslive.com

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      Smith & Wesson to announce quarterly earnings at close of stock market; anounces deal with General Dynamics | masslive.com

      At the close of trading Wednesday, Smith & Wesson stock, SWHC on the NASDAQ, traded at $25.28 a share, down 47 cents or 1.83 percent on the day. The stock's high for the most recent 12 months was $25.86 recorded Jan. 7.  Also on Wednesday, Smith & Wesson and defense giant General Dynamics announced that Smith & Wesson has awarded General Dynamics ordnance and tactical systems contract a multi-year agreement to produce hammer forged, military grade gun barrels. These barrels produced under this contract will be used in Smith & Wesson's M&P pistol which both companies have entered ...

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      Mentions:   General Dynamics   Smith & Wesson Corp.

    20. Plastivan revs up Massachusetts students about plastics | Plastics News

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      Plastivan revs up Massachusetts students about plastics | Plastics News

      Students from Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, Mass., learned about plastics and thermoforming thanks to a Feb. 29 visit from the SPE Plastivan.  Universal Plastics Corp., a Holyoke-based custom thermoformer, sponsored the event along with the Western New England Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers.  “Many students today still think of manufacturing as dark and dirty factories and not high tech environments offering excellent jobs and wages,” said Joe Peters, CEO of Universal Plastics.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    21. State Announces $9.3 Million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants

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      State Announces $9.3 Million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced $9.3 million in workforce skills equipment grants to 35 high schools, community colleges, and vocational training providers across the Commonwealth for vocational-technical education and training equipment purchases that connect Massachusetts students and residents to economic opportunities in high-demand industries. “Workforce skills education and training plays an enormous role in economic and personal development by helping residents acquire the skills they need to connect with promising careers,” Baker said. “These vocational-technical education equipment grants will help build stronger communities and a more competitive business environment that ensures more residents have the ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   West Springfield   Springfield

    22. United Technologies opens new $8 million engineering lab in Windsor Locks; announces $1 million partnership with UConn | masslive.com

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      United Technologies opens new $8 million engineering lab in Windsor Locks; announces $1 million partnership with UConn | masslive.com

      Engineers in at the UTC Aerospace Systems Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory in Windsor Locks can make that part for a commercial power generation station in three weeks using additive manufacturing, a 3-D printer that works in metals like titanium and nickel alloys instead of plastic.  'And, by not machining all the parts, we can save all this waste,' said Diana Giulietti, materials research and development engineer, gesturing to a giant jar of curly metal waste shavings.

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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut

    23. Western Massachusetts manufacturers call for more trained workers | masslive.com

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      Western Massachusetts manufacturers call for more trained workers | masslive.com

      Manufacturers across Western Massachusetts cite a lack of available workers with the education and work ethic required to succeed as one of the biggest barriers to success.  And frustratingly, these same manufacturers and the vocational educators looking to help them find barriers themselves when they try and sell a middle school student on a high school vocational program or get a teen working on a shop floor.  'Work force development is an issue. It continues to be a giant issue,' said Joseph Peters, CEO of Universal Plastics in Holyoke and in Sutton. 'We need people with mechanical aptitude.'

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    24. Modern Mold and Tool Inc in Pittsfield sold | masslive.com

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      Modern Mold and Tool Inc in Pittsfield sold | masslive.com

      Steven L. Graham of Longmeadow has purchased Modern Mold and Tool, Inc, based in Pittsfield, according to a news release issued by Graham this week.  Modern Mold and Tool Inc. is an American manufacturing company founded in 1950 in Pittsfield. The company specializes in design engineering, complex mold manufacturing and injection molding across multiple industries including medical, aerospace, national defense and automotive.

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