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    1. Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      The Callaway golf-ball-manufacturing facility in Chicopee has borrowed a famous page from the Chicago Cubs’ playbook.  When the Cubs win, a white flag with a large blue ‘W’ is flown atop the legendary hand-operated scoreboard in center field. Back to Callaway. When a member of its team — comprised of players on the various professional tours who play Callaway balls and clubs — posts a win, a flag with a large script ‘C’ (the same one used for the Callaway brand) flies underneath the American flag on the pole outside on the facility on Meadow Street.

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    2. MachineMetrics raises $11.3M, plans to boost workforce, focus on global sales

      MachineMetrics raises $11.3M, plans to boost workforce, focus on global sales

      Picture the scene: A factory floor buzzing with machinery, cranking out parts efficiently and quickly. Suddenly, everything grinds to a halt. The machines stop working. Supervisors scurry to figure out the problem. But imagine having the technology that could predict when errors would arise, when machines would fail. That's where MachineMetrics, an industrial Internet of Things startup that specializes in predictive analytics for manufacturers, enters the picture. "We can notify a customer if something is going to happen," CEO William M. Bither said recently. "We've detected a half hour before an actual tool was going to fail that ...

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    3. Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

      Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

      CRRC MA plans to build a 42,500-square-foot warehouse at its Page Boulevard factory to house large components like wheel and motor assemblies and HVAC components for the transit cars it builds there. CRRC is selecting contractors now and completion is expected in August, said Lydia Rivera, a CRRC MA spokeswoman. It’s the first major expansion of the East Springfield facility, which began production in late 2018. CRRC also has an office building on the site that was once part of the old Westinghouse complex.

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    4. Western Massachusetts manufacturers, workforce boards team to meet future staffing needs

      Western Massachusetts manufacturers, workforce boards team to meet future staffing needs

      Advanced manufacturing is a priority industry in the Pioneer Valley region. The member companies of the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association are primarily small and medium sized enterprises that are part of a supply chain engaged in producing precision mechanical parts, components, and sub-assemblies utilizing high technology equipment, lean manufacturing, and world-class innovation technology development.

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    5. Springfield’s CRRC begins shipping cars to Boston, plans for Philadelphia, Los Angeles projects

      Springfield’s CRRC begins shipping cars to Boston, plans for Philadelphia, Los Angeles projects

      Officials from Los Angeles and Philadelphia were there in December when Gov. Charlie Baker and representatives from the MBTA came to Springfield to celebrate completion of the first Orange Line cars at CRRC MA’s factory. The transit systems in those two cities are CRRC’s next customers. Los Angeles has ordered 64 subway cars at a cost of $178.4 million, with an option for 218 more beginning in 2021.  CRRC will build 45 double-decker passenger cars for SEPTA, Greater Philadelphia’s transit system, for $137.5 million. SEPTA has an option to purchase 10 additional cars after that.

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    6. Toolmaker gets $2.8 million tax-exempt bond for factory at old Oxford Pickle site in South Deerfield

      Toolmaker gets $2.8 million tax-exempt bond for factory at old Oxford Pickle site in South Deerfield

      Eric Hagopian is moving his combined cutting tool businesses — the duMONT Company and Hassay Savage Company — to the former Oxford Pickle factory site in South Deerfield in part so he can attract trained machinists from southern Franklin County. He’ll close the two company’s current locations, first Hassay Savage in the Turner Falls section of Montague on Industrial Boulevard followed by the duMONT plant on Wells Street in Greenfield.

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    7. Asnuntuck’s Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program Offers Opportunities for Free Tuition, Wage Reimbursement

      Starting in March, Asnuntuck Community College is offering a new, free apprenticeship program that will provide employers an opportunity to both enhance their employees’ skills and receive wage reimbursements of up to $13,000 per participant. This two-year program has a $3,750 value per participant but will be entirely free for Connecticut businesses. The time commitment will be three hours per week (Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m.), with breaks for holidays and summer, and classes will occur evenings at Asnuntuck Community College.

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    8. CRRC exec: US-China trade problems are ‘only temporary’

      CRRC exec: US-China trade problems are ‘only temporary’

      CRRC MA — the company’s name for its Massachusetts operations — employs approximately 213 people. The manufacturing facility in Springfield employs 126, including 71 union production employees, and expects to grow as it adds more production of MBTA Red Line cars to the Orange Line cars it’s already building. In 2014, CRRC received a $566 million contract from the MBTA to build 152 Orange Line cars and 252 Red Line cars at the Page Boulevard site. In December 2016, the state upped the order with another 120 new Red Line cars, with production set to begin in June 2022 at ...

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    9. Westfield manufacturer shares in grant for better radar domes on ships, planes, submarines

      Westfield manufacturer shares in grant for better radar domes on ships, planes, submarines

      Peerless Precision of Westfield, the University of Massachusetts Lowell and companies in Billerica and Wilmington are collaborating on a better way to build domes protecting radar equipment on aircraft, ships, submarines and the like. Today’s technology allows for printable, flexible electronics on small surfaces, according to a news release from the state issued this week. But Peerless, SI2 in Billerica, Xenon of Wilmington and UMass Lowell are working on technology that would allow builders to print the electronics on larger and more complex surfaces and thus build larger protective domes, called radomes.

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    10. Massachusetts thinks regionally about manufacturing workforce; ‘413’ gets $650K to school for jobs

      Massachusetts thinks regionally about manufacturing workforce; ‘413’ gets $650K to school for jobs

      Precision manufacturers recruiting workers with much-needed skills look across the region, not community by community. Now, with the most recent set of grants from the state’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Program, the agencies that train unemployed and underemployed adults for those jobs are thinking regionally as well. “We are going to be looking all across the 413 area code, which is not something that has been done before,” said David M. Cruise, MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board president and CEO. “We think this makes great sense because it consolidates the boards into regions, and the regions, we think, are reflective ...

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    11. Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands buys laser sight, laser training company LaserLyte

      Smith & Wesson bought Crimson Trace for $95 million in 2016 before changing its name to American Outdoor Brands. Both moves, along with Tuesday’s purchase of LaserLyte, were part of a long-term strategy to diversify into hunting and camping equipment, shooting accessories and gunsmith tools and equipment.

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    12. Cool STUFF Made in Western Massachusetts

      Cool STUFF Made in Western Massachusetts

      Manufacturing jobs have been hard to fill and qualified employees difficult to find – While the manufacturing sector represents a robust 160,000 jobs in the state, the industry has a PR problem, especially with younger workers. The message of GOOD JOBS AT GOOD WAGES and a future career offering advancement in a growing company is just not getting through. And even with the state’s unemployment rate at 4.4% the industry struggles with recruiting, and needs potential workers to take a fresh look at manufacturing.

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    13. ‘It’s great working here’: Workers say MBTA car builder CRRC of Springfield is helping them build a future

      ‘It’s great working here’: Workers say MBTA car builder CRRC of Springfield is helping them build a future

      CRRC MA, the local arm of global CRRC, employs approximately 213 people in this state. The manufacturing facility in Springfield employs 126, including 71 union production employees. "You can see the jobs," said Richard K. Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council. "And they have great relationships they are developing with the community colleges and the trade schools."

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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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