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    1. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo tour Friendly's Ice Cream plant in...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo tour Friendly's Ice Cream plant in...

      She earned her first dollar as a waitress in a Friendly's Restaurant, loves black raspberry ice cream, and she couldn't wait to see where all the creamy Friendly's ice cream is created. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr. spent time on Tuesday touring Friendly's headquarters on Boston Road, seeing first-hand where the famous ice cream is made by Western Mass. residents.  "I know how to scoop it, how to double dip," Polito told Friendly's Manufacturing and Retail President and General Manager Tim Hopkins prior to their tour.

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    2. New Products Give Callaway Plant a Needed Bounce

      New Products Give Callaway Plant a Needed Bounce

      Over the past century or so, golf balls — and golf-ball history — have been made in Chicopee. Indeed, the sprawling plant on Meadow Street that once bore the name ‘Spalding’ and now ‘Callaway’ has been home to a number of innovations and new products. In recent years, though, that tradition — not to mention the number of workers at the plant — has been in decline. However, a new and exciting golf-ball design is changing the landscape, in all kinds of ways. They’re calling it the Truvis V.

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    3. 'How It's Made' TV show features Lamson kitchen knife factory in Westfield

      'How It's Made' TV show features Lamson kitchen knife factory in Westfield

      "How It's Made," the long-running Science Channel show that takes viewers on tours of factories to a soundtrack of peppy background music will feature Lamson Products and its Westfield kitchen knife factory in an upcoming episode. Jay Driscoll, social media coordinator for Lamson, said a crew from "How It's Made" visited Westfield this summer for a segment that will air later this fall. Neither he nor spokespeople for the Science Channel, one of the Discovery family of networks, could say exactly when it will air.

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    4. Lego to cut 1,400 jobs after decline in sales | masslive.com

      Lego will cut about 1,400 positions, about eight percent of the company's workforce.  The Danish toy company reported fiscal results for the first six months of the year, with revenue down 5 percent to $2.4 billion. Profits fell by 3 percent to $544 million.  'We are disappointed by the decline in revenue in our established markets, and we have taken steps to address this,' LEGO Group Chairman Jorgen Vig Knudstorp said in a statement.

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    5. Out of the rough: Callaway Golf Co. grows Chicopee factory, production workforce

      Out of the rough: Callaway Golf Co. grows Chicopee factory, production workforce

      Golf is a game of precision. Making golf balls is no less exacting, as Dominic Duvall demonstrated recently at Callaway Golf Co.'s sprawling plant in the Willimansett section of town. He placed unfinished golf balls between the sharp points of an electronic micrometer to measure it to thousandths of an inch. Each ball, with it's aerodynamic surface geometry of 332 tiny indentations -- don't call them dimples -- can be no smaller than 1.68 inches in diameter and no heavier than 1.62 ounces. The Callaway plant makes 50 million golf balls a year. That's 20,000 ...

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    6. CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy

      CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy

      Rail car manufacturer CRRC has received a certificate of occupancy for its 204,000-square-foot factory on Page Boulevard, the company said Monday in a press release. That certificate, which means the structure complies with building codes, was issued June 30, 45 days ahead of schedule.  CRRC is building a 204,000-square-foot, $95 million factory at the old Westinghouse site in East Springfield. Workers are expected to start building subway cars in the factory in early 2018.

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    7. Holyoke's oldest manufacturer sells off equipment at auction; 'I want to see where my machine goes, so I can go along with it,' former worker says

      Holyoke's oldest manufacturer sells off equipment at auction; 'I want to see where my machine goes, so I can go along with it,' former worker says

      Alan Bernier of South Hadley ran a sophisticated grinding machine at Holyoke Machine Co. for 33 years before the company, the oldest manufacturer in the city, closed in February. On Thursday he joined a crowd of hundreds at the company's liquidation auction. "I want to see where my machine goes so I can go along with it," he said. "I don't have a job now." Owner James Sagalyn said Holyoke Machine had simply outlived its usefulness. The paper mills and textile plants it was built to serve are either gone or are few and far between.

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    8. Owners of Callaway complex tear down obsolete office space in Chicopee (photos)

      Owners of Callaway complex tear down obsolete office space in Chicopee (photos)

      The owners of the Callaway Golf Co. complex at 425 Meadow St. are demolishing an unwanted and obsolete two-story office building even as they welcome new tenant Granite City Electric and an expansion of Callaway's golf ball manufacturing plant. "It's a great site. We've got more space available and property that can be built to suit," said Bob Flynn, chief operating officer of Calare Properties in Hudson. "We have maybe 10 or 12 acres that we can build on now out of the 50-acre parcel."

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    9. US Rep. Richard Neal touts precision manufacturing opportunities in Western Massachusetts,...

      US Rep. Richard Neal touts precision manufacturing opportunities in Western Massachusetts,...

      Highlighting the precision manufacturing and other high-skills job opportunities that are going unfilled across Berkshire County and Western Massachusetts, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, stressed Tuesday that more must be done to connect local residents to these positions.  The congressman, who toured Lee-based Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Inc. as part of Startup Day Across America, said the three-year-old biopharmaceutical company "highlights the opportunity for aspiration and achievement" in Western Massachusetts.

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    10. Holyoke Machine Co., oldest manufacturer in Paper City, shuts down and plans to auction off equipment (photos, video)

      Holyoke Machine Co., oldest manufacturer in Paper City, shuts down and plans to auction off equipment (photos, video)

      A manufacturer in Connecticut recently called James Sagalyn, owner of Holyoke Machine, looking for repairs on a giant drive shaft for one of the production machines in his shop. For the first time since Abraham Lincoln was in the White House, Holyoke Machine can't help. In February, Sagalyn closed Holyoke Machine, a machine shop founded in 1863 that built the "Hercules" water turbines that helped make Holyoke famous and whose foundry cast doors for the U.S. Capitol building.

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    11. Granite City Electric Supply Relocates from Springfield to Chicopee

      Granite City Electric Supply Relocates from Springfield to Chicopee

      Granite City Electric Supply Co. has opened a new, 80,000-square-foot distribution center and relocated its Springfield retail counter service to 451 Meadow St., Chicopee. This distribution center will provide service to the Western Mass., Connecticut, and New York markets, and further enhance the company’s exclusive GCE Night Train Delivery Service.

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    12. Agri-Mark to break ground on $17M expansion of West Springfield plant

      Agri-Mark to break ground on $17M expansion of West Springfield plant

      WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Agri-Mark Inc. will break ground Monday on a $17 million expansion of its West Springfield plant, according to Doug DiMento, director of corporate communications for the farmer-owned cooperative.   Agri-Mark officials and farmers will be joined by Mayor William C. Reichelt and other officials at 9:30 a.m. at the plant at 958 Riverdale St. Parking is available next door at 1000 Riverdale St

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    13. Smith & Wesson acquires Idaho company specializing in firearm suppressors

      Smith & Wesson acquires Idaho company specializing in firearm suppressors

      Smith & Wesson plans by summer's end to acquire a company that makes firearm suppressors -- an "opportunistic" move it says will help it expand into a growing market as states across the country legalize gun suppressors for consumers. The Springfield manufacturer, a branch of American Outdoor Brands Corp., announced Monday it will acquire Gemini Technologies Inc. The Idaho company known as Gemtech manufactures "high quality suppressors and accessories for the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets."

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    14. UMass Amherst opens core facilities labs to manufacturers

      UMass Amherst opens core facilities labs to manufacturers

       Edward Leyden of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam has a customer in Canada who wants him to make a tiny metal part using 3-D printing. "Steel. Using laser beams to print in three dimensions using powdered metal dust. It is where we are going whether we want to or not," Leyden said.

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    15. Asnuntuck Community College opens state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Enfield (photos)

      Asnuntuck Community College opens state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Enfield (photos)

      Asnuntuck Community College and the state of Connecticut rolled out a figurative red carpet Monday to students from Connecticut and Massachusetts interested in manufacturing careers and the training it takes to get those jobs. The college, located about nine miles from Springfield at 170 Elm St. in Enfield, hosted Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at its new 27,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

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    16. Track laid at CRRC subway car factory in Springfield

      Track laid at CRRC subway car factory in Springfield

      Workers are making tracks at the massive CRRC rail car factory now under construction in East Springfield. In addition to laying actual railroad tracks, they are installing electrical equipment and air handling systems, testing fire alarms, painting and putting the fixtures in the employee restrooms. Next week, workers are scheduled to put in the prefabricated electrical substation that will power the 2,240-foot-long test track, said Joseph Maliszewski, project manager at the site for Plaza Construction.

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    17. Night school program for in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs hits milestone

      Night school program for in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs hits milestone

      A night-school program at Franklin Technical School that trains adults for in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing will graduate its 100th student since getting its start four years ago. Fourteen advanced manufacturing trainees will receive certificates of completion Friday. The training is free to those who qualify. It is aimed at those who are unemployed or underemployed at a job that pays too little. The Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline Computer Numerical Control training program is a non-credit, 15-week, 300-hour, hands-on curriculum. It's offered by Greenfield Community College in partnership with the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, the Franklin Hampshire Career Centers ...

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    18. Advanced-manufacturing Partnership Graduates 100th Student

      On Friday, May 19, 14 advanced-manufacturing trainees will receive certificates of completion and start down the pathway toward precision-machining careers in Pioneer Valley manufacturing companies. The current cohort of students in the Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline – Computer Numerical Control (AMP-CNC) training program hail from across Franklin and Hampshire counties, including Belchertown, Colrain, Easthampton, Greenfield, Montague, Northfield, South Hadley, and Shelburne. Among these trainees will be the 100th graduate of a successful job-training partnership that began four years ago to address a shortage of skilled machinists in the Valley’s precision-manufacturing industry. The event will be held at 4 p.m. at ...

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    19. Innovation, automation and Deflategate-testing robots seen at Eastec manufacturing expo in West Springfield (photos, video)

      Innovation, automation and Deflategate-testing robots seen at Eastec manufacturing expo in West Springfield (photos, video)

      Eastec, the every-other-year industrial exhibition, opened Tuesday at the Eastern States Exhibition Center run by the trade group SME. The show will run through Thursday with 549 exhibitors, including local manufacturers like Smith & Wesson and Lenox American Saw, in 146,000 square feet filling five buildings at The Big E. Smith & Wesson touted its newly named Precision Components business, which uses manufacturing abilities developed for firearms to make parts for other companies, said Rick Fowich, director of sales and marketing. That includes the firearms plant in Springfield and the plastics plant in Deep River, Connecticut. The machine that makes a ...

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    20. 100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19

      100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19

      TURNERS FALLS, MA - On Friday, May 19, fourteen advanced manufacturing trainees will receive certificates of completion and start down the pathway toward precision machining careers in Pioneer Valley manufacturing companies.  The current cohort of students come from across Franklin and Hampshire counties, including Belchertown, Colrain, Easthampton, Greenfield, Montague, Northfield, South Hadley, and Shelburne.  Among these trainees will be the 100th graduate of a successful job training partnership that began four years ago to address a shortage of skilled machinists in the Valley’s precision manufacturing industry.  The event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Franklin County Technical ...

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    21. Eastec 2017: West Springfield hosts massive manufacturing expo at The Big E

      Eastec 2017: West Springfield hosts massive manufacturing expo at The Big E

      Eastec is a massive manufacturing trade show hosted every other year by the Michigan-based trade group SME at the Eastern States Exposition, The Big E, in West Springfield. This year's edition runs from May 16-18. Eastec has what the manufacturing industry in the Northeast needs to stay competitive and to grow, said Kim Farrugia, senior event manager at SME. That includes the latest technology, machines available for purchase at $500,000 and more, educational seminars, an opportunity for high school and college students to learn about manufacturing and engineering, and networking time where manufacturers can sniff out new customers ...

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    22. Greentown/EDC Manufacturing Event - East is Coming Out West on June2

      Greentown/EDC Manufacturing Event - East is Coming Out West on June2

      I am excited to announce that on June 2 we will be bringing a van of Greentown Labs Member Companies out to visit Western Massachusetts.  The van will be leaving Greentown Somerville at 9:00 am headed West! We will be starting our day with a manufacturers luncheon in Springfield and ending our day with pizza and beer at New City Brewery in Easthampton. Between lunch and the evening we will be spending the afternoon touring a couple of Western Mass' premier manufacturing facilities.  

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    23. ACEC/MA Announces Tighe & Bond, Inc. as 2017 winner of Gold Engineering Excellence Award

      ACEC/MA Announces Tighe & Bond, Inc. as 2017 winner of Gold Engineering Excellence Award

      The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named Tighe & Bond, Inc. as a winner of its 2017 Gold Engineering Excellence Award for work on the Great Lakes Water Authority Biosolids Drying Facility project. The 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards were announced at the recent ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala with emcees Carol Gladstone, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and Commissioner Leo Roy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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