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    1. With plans to employ around 100, Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley

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      With plans to employ around 100, Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley

      The company plans to eventually ramp up production to fabricate more than 500 million envelopes a year and employ close to 100 workers, company officials said at Tuesday's public celebration and tour of the facility. The New York-based firm's Chairman and CEO, Thomas D. O'Connor, Jr., among the bevy of dignitaries and guests, talked about his family roots in the region and discussed why Mohawk chose to locate in South Hadley.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    2. Mohawk Celebrates Grand Opening of Northeast Envelope Converting Center in South Hadley, Massachusetts | Mohawk Connects

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      Mohawk Celebrates Grand Opening of Northeast Envelope Converting Center in South Hadley, Massachusetts | Mohawk Connects

      Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail. Mohawk fine papers and envelopes include the signature brands Mohawk Superfine® and Strathmore®, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell® and i-Tone®. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates and web-based software platforms, which connect designers and printers to new markets.

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    3. Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley Massachusetts - Photo Gallery - masslive.com

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      Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley Massachusetts - Photo Gallery - masslive.com

      Michael Sullivan, South Hadley town manager, left, and Rick Sullivan, right, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, on plant tour of the new Mohawk Paper Co.'s new Northeast Envelope Converting Center in South Hadley, MA July 21, 2015.

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    4. Northampton City Council grants license for formaldehyde tank to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group

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      Northampton City Council grants license for formaldehyde tank to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group

      The City Council during a special meeting Monday voted to issue a license to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group for a 15,000 gallon formaldehyde tank on Nonotuck Street, on the condition that the tank be inspected annually. Formaldehyde, a hazardous liquid that is both flammable and corrosive, is used to embalm corpses. It is a respiratory irritant and can cause cancer with long exposure. Formaldehyde is essential to the manufacturing of plastic, according to Gary M. Roberts, an inspector with consulting engineers Tighe & Bond.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Tighe & Bond

    5. Knife maker Lamson & Goodnow carves out future in Westfield | masslive.com

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      Knife maker Lamson & Goodnow carves out future in Westfield | masslive.com

      Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co., the nation's oldest cutlery maker having been founded in 1837, is finding a second life in its new home.  Lamson now has 35 employees at its new Westfield factory at 79 Mainline Drive, about two-thirds of them hired since the company moved its operations this past spring from its historic home in the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls to Westfield.  On a recent morning employees grinding, polishing and finishing knives, spatulas and other tools for the kitchen and workplace shared space with electricians and riggers who were installing more of Lamson's equipment.

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    6. Hasbro in East Longmeadow: New owners see re-shoring work from China as opportunity for board games | masslive.com

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      Hasbro in East Longmeadow: New owners see re-shoring work from China as opportunity for board games | masslive.com

      Richard K. Sullivan Jr., CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council said this idea of bringing manufacturing work back from China is one that could pay dividends here in the Pioneer Valley, whether it be Cartamundi or someone else.  'It is absolutely something that is happening.That is why you will see the EDC with a real emphasis on manufacturing. I think it is also as important that we as a region highlight a real center of excellence around this.'

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    7. 2015 Comic-Con: Hasbro unveils new Stars Wars Stormtroopers | masslive.com

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      2015 Comic-Con: Hasbro unveils new Stars Wars Stormtroopers | masslive.com

      Rhode Island-based Hasbro, which has a toy and game factory in East Longmeadow, is rolling out a number of collectibles this weekend at the mammoth Comic-Con international show in San Diego.  The roster includes a 6-inch 'fully articulated' Star Wars The Black Series First Order Stormtrooper action figure in commemorative packaging that won't be available at retail but only at Hasbro's Comic-Con booth, Hasbro said Thursday in a news release. It's Hasbro's first product tied to the new J.J. Abrams-directed 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' film that opens in December.

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    8. 570 to lose jobs as Hallmark greeting card company closes Enfield distribution site | masslive.com

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      570 to lose jobs as Hallmark greeting card company closes Enfield distribution site | masslive.com

      Hallmark, the national greeting card and gift company, will close its Enfield distribution center by the end of June 2016, costing the region 570 jobs.  Hallmark is consolidating its distribution system in Liberty, Missouri, according to a news release issued this week.The company will add 400 jobs in Missouri. When the changes are made, the Liberty facility will have around 1,200 employees. The company is offering to relocate employees to Liberty.

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    9. Prolamina Corp. in Westfield celebrates expansion | masslive.com

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      Prolamina Corp. in Westfield celebrates expansion | masslive.com

      Prolamina Corp. celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for its expanded Westfield operation this week.  The Westfield facility produces flexible packaging solutions from the most basic to the most technologically advanced multi-layer packaging substrate, according to a news release. Westfield's 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility has been in operation for more 30 years.

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    10. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, 3 members of governor's cabinet, hear of manufacturing industry's need for skilled workers in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

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      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, 3 members of governor's cabinet, hear of manufacturing industry's need for skilled workers in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

      Hampden County is home to 608 manufacturing facilities employing a total of 20,243 workers with a total payroll of more than $1 billion.  Many of those employers -- small precision machine shops working in the aerospace and medical device industries -- would like to hire even more people and increase that payroll, according to Springfield Technical Community College. But they cannot do so because there is a lack of prospective workers with the right training for a high-tech manufacturing environment where computers control the machines and tolerances are measured tighter than the naked eye can see.

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    11. US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Richard Neal tour FloDesign Sonics in Wilbraham, learn about filterless purification | masslive.com

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      US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Richard Neal tour FloDesign Sonics in Wilbraham, learn about filterless purification | masslive.com

      Warren, D-Massachusetts, toured the labs with U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield. It was the second science-related tour of the day for Warren who had been to robotics technology incubator Technocopia and co-working space Running Start, earlier in the day, in Worcester.  At FloDesign, Neal said, the tour highlights the role of government-funded research.  Kowalski said FloDesign has just more than $1 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation, and about $150,000 from the National Institutes of Health. The money, contained in multiple grants, is helping FloDesign and its local investors commercialize the technology.

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    12. Tighe & Bond Promotes Three Managers to Vice President

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      Tighe & Bond Promotes Three Managers to Vice President

      Following the firm’s annual stockholder meeting, Tighe & Bond announced the promotion of three of its veteran managers to vice president: Christopher Bone, Antonio da Cruz, and John McClellan.  Bone, who has 22 years of engineering experience and works out of Tighe & Bond’s Westfield office, joined the firm in 1999. Over the years, he has served as an environmental engineer and project manager for numerous high-profile wastewater and water-resources projects. He has overseen the design of numerous new treatment plants, and also has a history of finding innovative and cost-effective solutions for challenging upgrades at existing facilities. Currently, he ...

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    13. Lego switching to sustainable materials, plans new research center in Denmark | masslive.com

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      Lego switching to sustainable materials, plans new research center in Denmark | masslive.com

      Lego, the Danish toymaker with North American headquarters in Enfield, Connecticut, wants to make its bricks and other toys from sustainable materials.  In a news release issued in Denmark, Lego Group said it plans to establish the Lego Sustainable Materials Centre at its world headquarters in Billund, Denmark. Lego said it expects to recruit more than 100 employees and spend 1 billion Danish Krone, or more than $149 million U.S. dollars

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    14. Analysts positive on Springfield's Smith & Wesson ahead of annual earnings release | masslive.com

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      Analysts positive on Springfield's Smith & Wesson ahead of annual earnings release | masslive.com

      Smith & Wesson was founded in 1852 by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson.
      The company has 1,475 full-time employees, mostly at its massive gun factory and headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue here in Springfield.  Smith & Wesson stock closed trading Wednesday at $15.78, that's down 20 cents a share or 1.25 percent. The company itself said in April that it projected net sales of between $546 million and $550 million and earnings of 84 cents and 86 cents a share for the just-completed fiscal year.

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    15. Tighe & Bond Acquires New Hampshire-based Waterfront Engineers | BusinessWest

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      Tighe & Bond Acquires New Hampshire-based Waterfront Engineers | BusinessWest

      Waterfront Engineers LLC, a New Hampshire-based firm known for providing specialized engineering services for shoreline challenges and waterfront facilities, joined forces this week with Tighe & Bond, a New England leader in engineering and environmental services.  Tighe & Bond acquired Waterfront Engineers to offer its clients additional expertise and targeted solutions for complex and challenging coastal projects. Tighe & Bond’s Portsmouth, N.H. office will serve as the hub for these expanded services.

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    16. FloDesign Sonics in Wilbraham licenses filtering technology to Pall Corporation | masslive.com

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      FloDesign Sonics in Wilbraham licenses filtering technology to Pall Corporation | masslive.com

      FloDesign Sonics is one of a family of FloDesign companies based on Walter Presz's research and teaching at the Western New England University School of Engineering. Presz's concepts are all related to the flow and behavior of fluids, including gases like air and jet exhaust or the expanding gases in the barrel of a firearm.

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    17. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visits Yankee Candle manufacturing in Whatley (photos, video)

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      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visits Yankee Candle manufacturing in Whatley (photos, video)

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker took a tour of a major Western Massachusetts employer on Thursday, the Yankee Candle manufacturing facility in Whately. Surrounded by company executives, media and the ever-present, overwhelming fragrance of about 100 candle scents, Baker greeted as many employees as he could while listening to his tour guide, Jim Scott, vice president of manufacturing.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield   Yankee Candle, Inc.

    18. L-3 KEO in Northampton wins $48.7 million contract for submarine masts | masslive.com

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      L-3 KEO in Northampton wins $48.7 million contract for submarine masts | masslive.com

      L-3 KEO, formerly Kollmorgen, has been awarded a $48.7 million contract from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to develop and build a slimmer version of its photonics mast for the Virginia class of submarines.  L-3 KEO will do the engineering and design work for the project during the first year of the contract, with an option to produce up to 29 photonics masts the next four years. The maximum value of the contract is $157 million

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Kollmorgen

    19. Franklin County manufacturing technology program graduates another class | masslive.com

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      Franklin County manufacturing technology program graduates another class | masslive.com

      Thirteen more manufacturing technology students have completed the Training in Manufacturing Initiative at Franklin Technical School in Turners Falls.  This class brings to 43 the number who have graduated in the past two years. The class is for unemployed or underemployed adults and returning veterans and is taught after the high school day ends making use of a manufacturing machine shop paid for with government and private money raised from area businesses.  With graduates of the first three training cycles now working for VSS, Inc., Bete Fog Nozzle, the duMont Co., Deerfield Packaging, Quabbin, Inc., L.S. Starrett, Kennametal and ...

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    20. CNR Changchun: The company's planned timeline to build T cars in Springfield | masslive.com

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      CNR Changchun: The company's planned timeline to build T cars in Springfield | masslive.com

      Executives from CNR Changchun railway Vehicles Co. were in Springfield Thursday meeting with local business leaders as they move forward with plans for a $65 million 220,000-square-foot railroad car factory at the former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard.  The company received in November 2014 a $566-million contract to build 284 Red Line and Orange Line subway cars for the MBTA.

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    21. CNR Changchun Railway to build larger factory at former Westinghouse site in Springfield

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      CNR Changchun Railway to build larger factory at former Westinghouse site in Springfield

      CNR Changchun, part of the Chinese national railways, is the largest manufacturer of rail cars in the world. One supplier represented Thursday, KTK Group Co. of China, is an $8 billion company. And KTK Group executive Chao Sun said it will need local manufacturers to help fulfill its commitments to CNR MA and the MBTA project. "You are talking about a half-billion project," said Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council. "To the extent we can keep as much of that money in Western Massachusetts, that can be the real economic benefit. I ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Western New England University

    22. PRESS RELEASE - CNR MA Outreach Event in Springfield

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      PRESS RELEASE - CNR MA Outreach Event in Springfield

      The Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC) in partnership with the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (WMNTMA) is pleased to welcome CNR MA and its Vice President Jia Bo to Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   National Tooling and Machining Association

    23. Eastec trade show at Big E in West Springfield showcases demand for manufactured goods | masslive.com

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      Eastec trade show at Big E in West Springfield showcases demand for manufactured goods | masslive.com

      In his opening remarks at the show's ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, state Sen. Eric Lesser,D-Longmeadow, the Senate chairman of the Joint Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, as well as the Chairman of Tourism, spoke of how the Springfield Armory, first established in 1794 spawned other manufacturers, and lead to the Connecticut River Valley being a center for precision machining to this very day.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    24. CNR MA to Host Outreach Event in Springfield

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      CNR MA to Host Outreach Event in Springfield

      The Western Mass EDC, in partnership with CNR MA and the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association is hosting a match making event on May 21, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, Springfield, Ma from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The invitation is attached.  All businesses are invited regardless of membership in any business organization. It is expected that most of the subcontractors for CNR MA will attend this event.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   National Tooling and Machining Association

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