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    1. Meredith-Springfield Associates Breaks Ground on Expansion Project

      Meredith-Springfield Associates Breaks Ground on Expansion Project

      Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., a plastics manufacturer specializing in bottles and hollow technical articles manufactured through extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding, recently broke ground on an expansion in Ludlow. The project will add 5,000 square feet of light manufacturing space, 12,000 square feet of warehouse space, and three new loading docks in a 1,000-square-foot addition, bringing the total facility to 83,000 square feet. The larger footprint makes way for six top-of-the-line machines that will help to automate production and increase capacity.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. MachineMetrics Announces $20 Million Series B Funding Round

      MachineMetrics Announces $20 Million Series B Funding Round

      MachineMetrics, an industrial data startup that elevates manufacturing performance through autonomous machining, announced it has raised $20 million in Series B financing. The company will use the funding to scale its platform globally and democratize access to the machine insights that power manufacturing operations. “Manufacturing is on the brink of a digital renaissance. The intersection of software, big data, and physical machinery is the next frontier for manufacturing and a proven solution for overcoming the production and labor shortages we are experiencing right now,” said Bill Bither, co-founder and CEO of MachineMetrics. “Today’s industrial machines are inefficient because they ...

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      Mentions: Northampton
    3. Nicholas Amanti

      Nicholas Amanti

      Nick Amanti grew up in a family business where he learned life lessons he still follows. For 60 years, his family has owned Advance Manufacturing, which provides precision-manufactured parts for a number of industries. Amanti was taught to treat the people who work for Advance like family. Though his career is outside the company, Amanti provides legal services for many different business owners and feels a true connection with them.

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    4. BETE Fog Nozzle Earns 2021 Workforce Leader Award from MassHire

      BETE Fog Nozzle Earns 2021 Workforce Leader Award from MassHire

      The MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board awarded BETE Fog Nozzle its 2021 Workforce Leader Award, honoring the company’s contributions to workforce well-being, workplace, and public safety during the pandemic. BETE Fog Nozzle is a fourth-generation, family-owned company founded and based in Greenfield that designs and manufactures tens of thousands of spray-process solutions for applications in “deep sea, deep space, and everywhere in between,” according to the company website. BETE now employs more than 180 people at its Greenfield facility, designing, casting, and machining spray nozzles.

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      Mentions: Greenfield
    5. House Earmarks $50,000 for New Manufacturing Program at HCC

      House Earmarks $50,000 for New Manufacturing Program at HCC

      State Rep. Patricia Duffy announced that $50,000 has been earmarked in the House fiscal-year 2022 budget to seed the development and implementation of a new Manufacturing Training Program at Holyoke Community College (HCC). “Holyoke employers need a trained workforce, and Holyoke constituents need career-track jobs,” Duffy said. “I’m thrilled to see these local assets of our population and our historical manufacturing base come together and build on each other.”

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    6. Golf Tournament to Benefit Asnuntuck’s Manufacturing Programs

      Golf Tournament to Benefit Asnuntuck’s Manufacturing Programs

      Asnuntuck Community College’s foundation and Aerospace Components Manufacturers will host a golf tournament fundraiser on Tuesday, June 15. This will be the program’s 13th annual tournament and the first year the fundraiser will be held at Tunxis Country Club in Farmington, Conn. Proceeds from the event will benefit to the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck, which features leading-edge technology and has educated more than 9,000 students since 1998. Additional sponsors committed to the tournament include Air Industries Group/Sterling Engineering, Aerospace Alloys Inc., Aeroswiss, Advance Welding, Pilot Precision Products, Kaman Precision Products, Willington Nameplate, Accu-Rite Tool ...

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    7. ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Adapts to Unusual Times - BusinessWest

      ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Adapts to Unusual Times - BusinessWest

      As pivots go, this one was pretty smooth, Mary Bidwell says.  But that’s fitting for an academic program built on precision.  It was almost a year ago — March 13, to be exact — when Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) sent everyone home, including students in its Advanced Manufacturing Technology program, which Bidwell serves as interim dean.

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    8. EASTEC is the leading northeast manufacturing trade show

      EASTEC is the leading northeast manufacturing trade show

      EASTEC 2021, the largest Northeast manufacturing trade show, will be held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts and is produced by SME and AMT.  Innovation meets tradition at EASTEC.  Advanced manufacturing technology intersects with longstanding tradition at EASTEC 2021, October 19-21, 2021 in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

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    9. Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

      Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

      Both the immediate and long-term future of the manufacturing industry will be defined by the development of a number of ever-evolving and prominent trends, according to the Assoc. of Equipment Manufacturers. These trends are poised to have a significant impact in 2021 (and, in many cases, beyond), so it’s critically important for manufacturers to develop a keen understanding of what they are, how they will grow over time, and how they will impact the industry and the customers it serves.

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    10. Kristin Carlson, President, Peerless Precision

      Kristin Carlson, President, Peerless Precision

      Kristin Carlson calls it the ‘Boston Marathon bomber story.’ Because … it’s about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers who perpetrated those heinous crimes almost eight years ago now. More to the point, though, it’s about the role her company played in eventually apprehending him. Indeed, Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat in a backyard in Watertown, and he was discovered through the use of a thermal-imaging camera in a police helicopter flying over the area. Carlson’s company, Westfield-based Peerless Precision, makes several components for that camera, including one for the cryogenic cooling system that ensures ...

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    11. Boulevard Machine & Gear Moves Headquarters to Larger Space in Westfield

      Boulevard Machine & Gear Moves Headquarters to Larger Space in Westfield

      Boulevard Machine & Gear, a precision-machining facility, announced it has moved its headquarters to a new, larger space in Westfield to accommodate steady business growth over the last decade. The new address is 326 Lockhouse Road. Boulevard Machine will leverage its new facility to provide additional capacity for its customers while providing new internal operational efficiencies. The new facility also will provide Boulevard with improved, state-of-the-art production space to facilitate internal and external collaboration and communication, while providing the company with further room for growth with its ongoing investment in equipment.

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      Mentions: Westfield
    12. Hazen Paper’s 2020 Holographic Calendar Wins International Award for Excellence

      Hazen Paper’s 2020 Holographic Calendar Wins International Award for Excellence

      The International Hologram Manufacturers Assoc. (IHMA) recently named Hazen Paper’s 2020 holographic calendar Best Applied Decorative/Packaging Product at the Excellence in Holography Awards 2020. Featuring a fire-breathing dragon with three-dimensional scales, the oversized calendar utilized an array of innovative holographic techniques to create a decorative design the IHMA called “outstanding.” These holographic designs included Hazen-Lens behind the months of the year, gray-motion for the sky background, color-motion for the dragon, and two-channel color-motion lenses and fire-motion lenses to animate the flames.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    13. At Hadley Printing, the Presses Have Started Rolling Again

      At Hadley Printing, the Presses Have Started Rolling Again

      Chris Derosiers was searching for a way to describe what things were like last spring, at the height of what’s now being called the first COVID-19 surge. And he found an analogy that probably works for just about every small-business owner in this region. “It’s like being on the highway … you’re going to 65, 70 miles an hour and cruising along nicely, but with three-quarters of your trip still in front of you,” he said, effectively summing up how things were going during Q1 at Hadley Printing, the family-owned venture he serves as president. “And then … it ...

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    14. FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase

      FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase

      "I invite you all to attend the FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase happening tomorrow at 10am.  FORGE is a nonprofit with an office located here at Springfield at Tech Park that connects startups with compatible, forward-thinking regional manufacturers, design firms and engineers.  Meet hundreds of regional manufacturers and innovators and hear from Leader Joseph Wagner.  To register, please visit www.forgemass.org and click on the events page.

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    15. OMG Roofing Promotes Adam Cincotta to Vice President

      OMG Roofing Promotes Adam Cincotta to Vice President

      OMG Roofing Products has promoted Adam Cincotta to the position of vice president of the company’s Adhesives and Solar Business Unit, one of three business units within OMG Roofing Products. In this role, Adam is responsible for developing and executing the overall business unit strategy, including product and market development, as well as managing the business unit’s profit and loss. He reports to Peter Coyne, senior vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products.

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    16. For Manufacturers, COVID-19 Changes … Everything

      For Manufacturers, COVID-19 Changes … Everything

      Mark Borsari says he hasn’t been on a plane since a vacation in early March. By his reckoning, that’s by far the longest stretch he can remember when he hasn’t been flying somewhere, especially in his role as president of Palmer-based Sanderson MacLeod, a maker of fine wire brushes for everything from makeup kits to gun cleaning. The six months on the ground has been a time of reflection — and even humor. “I’m sure my wife’s probably thinking I should be on a plane more,” said Borsari with a laugh, adding that he’s not ...

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    17. Universal Plastics’ Pia Kumar Puts the Focus on Work-life Balance

      Universal Plastics’ Pia Kumar Puts the Focus on Work-life Balance

      Back in mid-March, Pia Kumar recalls, at the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a good deal of absenteeism at the five plants within the Universal Plastics fold — maybe 40% by her estimate, a number that spoke volumes about the high levels of fear and anxiety within the workforce. So Kumar, who co-owns the Universal family of businesses with her husband, Jay, and has the title ‘Chief Strategy Officer’ printed on her business card, did what she says comes naturally to her. She got on the phone. “I called every single employee that was not ...

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    18. UMass Amherst Contributes to Development of Open-source N95 Respirator

      UMass Amherst Contributes to Development of Open-source N95 Respirator

      In one of the latest COVID-19 response projects at UMass Amherst, the Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication (ADDFab) laboratory is collaborating with a global network of design, engineering, and manufacturing experts to help develop an open-source N95 face mask. ADDFab, one of the core facilities at UMass’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences, has been rapidly preparing 3D prints of prototype parts and molds for Cofab Design in Holyoke. Cofab business partner and design engineer Aaron Cantrell is one of the primary leaders of the Open Standard Respirator project, a nonprofit effort to broaden protective equipment supply for COVID-19 and ...

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    19. J&E Precision Tool of Southampton plans Westfield expansion as it gears up for F-35 fighter jet work

      J&E Precision Tool of Southampton plans Westfield expansion as it gears up for F-35 fighter jet work

      Up to $1.5 million in machining equipment will be just the start for J&E Precision Tool of Southampton as it expands into the former Berkshire Industries building near the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport to build parts for the military’s new F-35 fighter jet. "We have to be ready to act quickly and we need to be ready to expand," said James R. Labrie, president of 41-year-old J&E Precision. "And we don’t have room to do that here in Southampton. We're very busy."

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