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    1. MachineMetrics Announces $11.3 Million Funding Round

      MachineMetrics Announces $11.3 Million Funding Round

      MachineMetrics, which equips factories with the digital tools needed to increase productivity and win more business, announced it has raised $11.3 million in Series A financing. Tola Capital led the round with participation from existing investors Hyperplane Venture Capital, Long River Ventures, Mass Ventures, Hub Angels, and Firebolt Ventures. With the new funds, the company will expand its data-science and product-development teams while accelerating global sales. MachineMetrics is a pioneer in industrial IoT (internet of things) technology. Its system is designed so customers can install it themselves without the need for expensive and time-consuming customization.

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    2. With CRRC in Springfield ready to deliver 1st MBTA Orange Line cars, China trade war worries loom

      With CRRC in Springfield ready to deliver 1st MBTA Orange Line cars, China trade war worries loom

      CRRC, the Chinese rail car manufacturer with a new factory in East Springfield, hopes the 90-day truce in the U.S.-China trade war announced this weekend turns into a lasting trade deal. But its still paying increased import duties of 25 percent imposed in July by the Trump Administration, CRRC spokeswoman Lydia Rivera said. And, according to the Associated Press, whether the truce is a breakthrough remains to be seen, with Trump tweeting his support for tariffs just a few days later. Rivera said CRRC has already asked the U.S. government for 16 tariff waivers in October and ...

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    3. Hazen Paper Recognized at Manufacturing Award Ceremony

      Hazen Paper Recognized at Manufacturing Award Ceremony

      The state’s third annual Manufacturing Award Ceremony, sponsored by the Legislature’s Manufacturing Caucus, was recently held at the State House in Boston. Hazen Paper was one of 58 manufacturers recognized for their success. Hazen is known worldwide for its holographic paper and manufacturing in Holyoke. Well-known examples its work include the Stadium Edition Super Bowl Program and the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Yearbook. “In 2009, when the world was embroiled in the Great Recession, Hazen launched a new holographic and metallizing factory in the industrial sector on Main Street in Holyoke,” said John Hazen, president of Hazen ...

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    4. Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)

      Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)

      Keep craning your neck as you zip along Interstate 291 past the mammoth CRRC MA Corp. plant. You'll probably see that subway car you've been waiting for. CRRC started running new subway cars -- Orange Line cars it's building for the MBTA -- on its 2,200-foot test track during the week of Nov. 13. Each new car costs $2.43 million.

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    5. Tighe & Bond to Present Seminar with Environmental, Health, and Safety Updates

      Tighe & Bond to Present Seminar with Environmental, Health, and Safety Updates

      Environmental, health, and safety regulations are constantly changing, as are the new and creative ways of managing these regulatory challenges. Every fall, Tighe & Bond holds a series of free seminars that provide an overview of recent regulatory changes along with innovative methods for managing compliance.

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    6. Universal Plastics Receives Diplomat’s Award by Associated Industries of Massachusetts

      Universal Plastics Receives Diplomat’s Award by Associated Industries of Massachusetts

      Universal Plastics recently received the Diplomats Award from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). AIM announced the winners of its 23rd annual AIM Global Trade Awards, which recognizes Massachusetts companies and public agencies of all sizes that have demonstrated excellence in international business. The 2018 honorees also include Bennett & Co, and John Hancock. Says Pia Kumar Co Owner and Chief Strategy Officer, “Over the last few years, our customers have developed global supply chains while choosing to retain us as their custom thermoformer. So, we have adapted our business to support our customers globally while continuing to manufacture the highly ...

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    7. The Promise of Manufacturing Jobs

      t’s certainly nothing new. Workforce issues have long been a stern challenge for this region’s manufacturers, and especially its precision machine shops. Companies have long struggled to not only gain the attention of young people and their parents, but also convince them that manufacturing has a solid future in this region and is something they should be part of. But this problem is reaching what might be called a critical stage. Indeed, a recent survey of about 40 area precision manufacturers revealed that, at the rate they’re growing — and the rate machinists currently on the floor are ...

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    8. New Publication Becomes Part of Efforts to Expand the Manufacturing Workforce

      New Publication Becomes Part of Efforts to Expand the Manufacturing Workforce

      John Cook, president of Springfield Technical Community College, says he doesn’t play the card game cribbage. But that doesn’t mean the cribbage board given to him recently gathers dust sitting in a drawer or closet unused. In fact, it now occupies a prominent place on a desk already crowded with items that speak to his personal life and career in higher education. That’s because the elaborate board was crafted by students at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer. It’s fashioned from metal — Cook isn’t sure exactly what the material is, although he suspects ...

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    9. Mayhew Tools Welcomes Lam Nguyen to Basque Plastics Division

      Mayhew Tools Welcomes Lam Nguyen to Basque Plastics Division

      Mayhew Steel Products (Mayhew Tools) has selected Lam Nguyen to fill the role of plant manager at the company’s Basque Plastics Division in Westminster. With more than a decade of manufacturing leadership and operational expertise, Nguyen will oversee the plant’s daily operations while simultaneously improving overall operational efficiency and productivity. Nguyen, whom will report to Mayhew Tools President John Lawless, has a proven track record for implementing lean operational techniques that result in significant cost savings while increasing yield and quality. His managerial responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: production, workflow, automation, quality control assurance, purchasing ...

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    10. ABLE Machine Tool Sales in Agawam, adding jobs, earns visit from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito | masslive.com

      ABLE Machine Tool Sales in Agawam, adding jobs, earns visit from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito | masslive.com

      A company that distributes custom machine tools is expanding and hiring, thanks in part to a package of tax incentives from the city and the state.  ABLE Machine Tools, now in an 11,000 square-foot building at 253 Silver St., is building a new, 18,000 square-foot facility at 800 Silver St., investing more than $ 2 million.  'We're pretty cramped here now, and we're growing,' said Alan Lockery, the company's president and co-founder.  Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Mayor William Sapelli visited both sites Thursday.

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    11. Help wanted: Manufacturers, jobs programs scramble to attract workers (photos, video)

      Help wanted: Manufacturers, jobs programs scramble to attract workers (photos, video)

      Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. "It's a major economic development issue for us. These companies are major employers in their communities. And they can't grow." The 1,400-job deficit and other figures come from a recent survey prepared by the MassHire state job centers for Hampden County and for Hampshire and Franklin counties. It's a document the two agencies will incorporate into the regional workforce plan they have already submitted to the Baker administration and will present to schools up and down the valley.

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    12. OMG Inc. to Host Job Fair and Open House on Sept. 8

      OMG Inc. to Host Job Fair and Open House on Sept. 8

      OMG Inc., a leading global supplier of specialty fasteners and products for commercial roofing and residential construction applications, is having an open house at its Agawam headquarters, located at 153 Bowles Road, on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will include a job fair, a variety of family-oriented activities, and tours of OMG’s state-of-the-art factory.In addition to the job fair, on-site screening, and factory tours, the open house will include a giant, multi-employee tag sale, as well as children’s activities including a ...

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    13. Alex Korobkov Becomes Owner, President of Industrial Steel & Boiler Services

      Alex Korobkov Becomes Owner, President of Industrial Steel & Boiler Services

      William O’Neil and Gayle Rae, owners and founding partners of Industrial Steel & Boiler Services Inc., announced a change in company management, as Alex Korobkov has become sole owner and president of ISB. Korobkov has been employed by ISB for 17 years, beginning his career as a welder/boilermaker. He has steadily increased his responsibilities and expertise to become the operations manager for the last several years.

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    14. Agawam High School adds manufacturing classes to meet employer needs

      Agawam High School adds manufacturing classes to meet employer needs

      Agawam High School is starting a new advanced manufacturing program after many years without one. The school has cleaned up a collection of Bridgeport milling machines dating to its construction in the 1950s, adding new computer-simulated manufacturing technology, and has a trained a math teacher in manufacturing. It's all part of a $90,000 effort to prep students for in-demand careers and for further study in manufacturing technology after high school. The 1,150-student high school will offer two classes beginning in September for 15 to 18 students in each class.

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    15. OMG, Inc, Strengthens Operations and Supply Chain Management for Growth

      OMG, Inc, Strengthens Operations and Supply Chain Management for Growth

      As part of the continued effort to position the company for stronger growth and faster product innovation to better meet the changing global needs of its customers, OMG, Inc. has announced several Agawam-based promotions in supply chain management and operations. Brad Bedard has been promoted to Director of Supply Chain Management, responsible for overall management of the company's global supply chain and distribution logistics. In this new role, Brad will work with his organization to develop and implement short and long-term strategies that maximize the company's supply and distribution performance. He reports to Hubert McGovern, president and CEO.

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    16. OMG Inc. Announces Four Promotions

      OMG Inc. announced four promotions in supply-chain management and operations. Brad Bedard was promoted to director of Supply Chain Management, Wayne Ringenbach was promoted to director of Manufacturing, Chris Mowatt was promoted to director of Manufacturing Engineering, and Geri McCarthy was promoted to director of Operations.Bedard is responsible for overall management of the company’s global supply chain and distribution logistics. In this new role, he will work with his organization to develop and implement short- and long-term strategies that maximize the company’s supply and distribution performance. He has been with OMG since August 2007, most recently as ...

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    17. VSS, Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield, plans major manufacturing expansion

      VSS, Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield, plans major manufacturing expansion

      The excitement at Greenfield manufacturer VSS is not necessarily for the new 17,500-square-foot building the company has under construction. It's the $10 million to $12 million in equipment and 40 or so new employees company President Steven Capshaw plans to put in that building. The former Valley Steel Stamp has 60 employees now, up from 23 when the company moved into its current Greenfield Industrial Park location 10 years ago, Capshaw said.

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    18. Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

      Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

      Eric Nelson said he recently had cause to look over the occupancy permit issued to Westmass Area Development Corp. for the property now known as Ludlow Mills. The date on the document — April 2012 — gave him both pause and more evidence that time does, indeed, fly. Yes, it’s been more than six years since this ambitious project — a blend of both brownfield and greenfield development — was launched, and, for the most part, it is on schedule, said Nelson, president of Westmass for roughly half the duration of this effort. And by on schedule, he was referring to the pace ...

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    19. Savage Arms in Westfield for sale in corporate restructuring

      Savage Arms in Westfield for sale in corporate restructuring

      Savage Arms is for sale as part of a corporate restructuring that'll see parent Vista Outdoor get out of gunmaking and focus on ammunition, hydration bottles and packs and outdoor cooking products. With 367 workers at its factory on Springdale Road, Savage is one of Westfield's largest private employers. Vista said it plans to complete its sale of Savage by the end of its 2020 fiscal year. Vista, based in Utah, has taken heat in recent months for its connections to the NRA and donations to politicians whop oppose gun control even in the wake of more school ...

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    20. United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      Aerospace and technology giant United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday it plans to hire 35,000 people -- including thousands in Connecticut -- and spend more than $15 billion on capital improvements and research and development over the next five years. UTC also announced plans to spend an additional $75 billion through local procurement of products and services, money that could include components from Springfield-area precision manufacturers. For example, UTC Aerospace in Windsor Locks has a network of subcontractors that includes Massachusetts companies like Ortiz Tool in Springfield. Among other products, UTC Aerospace makes heating controls for Orion, a spaceship that could one ...

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    21. An Employment Lawyer Diversifies into Manufacturing

      An Employment Lawyer Diversifies into Manufacturing

      When she started her law career with a firm in Springfield, Amy Royal didn’t consider herself an entrepreneur. But that quality emerged quickly, and she would go on to start her own firm. She soon realized, though, that she was a actually a serial entrepreneur with an appetite for developing and growing companies, the latest of which is a door manufacturer in Ludlow.

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    22. Tighe & Bond Announces CEO Succession Plan

      Tighe & Bond Announces CEO Succession Plan

      At its annual stockholder’s meeting in April, Tighe & Bond announced that Robert Belitz will succeed David Pinsky as president and CEO when Pinsky retires from that position at the close of 2018. Belitz, the firm’s current chief financial officer, will assume the role of president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2019. Belitz will be Tighe & Bond’s ninth leader in its 107-year history. Pinsky has served as president and CEO since 2006 and has been with the firm for 30 years. “It’s been a privilege leading such a storied firm,” said Pinsky. “I am looking forward to ...

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    23. Get a look at a model of the new MBTA Red Line trains this summer

      Get a look at a model of the new MBTA Red Line trains this summer

      MBTA officials plan this summer to show off a model of the new Red Line trains getting assembled in Springfield. A factory in Springfield, built for the Chinese-owned company, CRRC MA, is assembling both Red Line and Orange Line cars. The company has a contract with the MBTA to build and assemble 252 Red Line vehicles and 152 Orange Line vehicles. MBTA officials say they're still working on details for when and where the public will be able to see a model or mock-up of a new Red Line car.

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    24. U.S. Tsubaki celebrates expansion in Chicopee, adds 35 more jobs (photos, video)

      U.S. Tsubaki celebrates expansion in Chicopee, adds 35 more jobs (photos, video)

      The owners of U.S. Tsubaki officially opened its new about 100,000 square-foot addition Wednesday and with it announced it is looking for new employees. Mayor Richard J. Kos and other city officials joined U.S. Tsubaki President Daniel Butterfield and many of the company's employees to celebrate the opening of the about $11.5 million project with a ribbon cutting.

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