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    1. FloDesign Sonics Aims to Bring Cell Therapy to the Masses

      FloDesign Sonics Aims to Bring Cell Therapy to the Masses

      The “filterless filter company,” as FloDesign Sonics dubs itself, was launched in 2010 in an effort to separate contaminants — particularly anthrax — from the water supply. There’s nothing trivial about that goal, but the company’s co-founder and CEO, Stanley Kowalski III, and his team have only been thinking bigger ever since. “We don’t like mediocre challenges; we take on pretty big issues, and we back it with the best thought leaders in this space,” he told BusinessWest. “We’ve targeted some of the biggest things mankind could be working on, and it gets people motivated on a different ...

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    2. First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      The first four uncompleted shells for MBTA Orange Line subway cars arrived at the CRRC MA plant in East Springfield this week. Workers there are unpacking them and getting ready to begin assembly work, said spokeswoman Lydia Rivera. She expects work on completing the cars to begin in earnest sometime in the next month or so.

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    3. The Golf Business Faces Some Formidable Hazards

      The Golf Business Faces Some Formidable Hazards

      Two decades ago, people were clamoring to get into the golf business. It was seen as an almost can’t-miss proposition, and individuals and municipalities alike were looking to cash in. Things changed in a hurry, of course, and today, operations are struggling to stay in the black. To do so, they must be imaginative, flexible, and diverse.  For several years now, area golf-course operators have been saying there’s at least one too many courses in this region for the collective good, especially given the downward trajectory of the business as overall play has declined.

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    4. Vendors at diversity fair get peek inside Springfield's CRRC factory, which starts MBTA Orange Line car production next month (photos)

      Vendors at diversity fair get peek inside Springfield's CRRC factory, which starts MBTA Orange Line car production next month (photos)

      The CRRC MA rail car manufacturing company drew a large, diverse crowd of vendors and suppliers to its $95 million factory Thursday to discuss work opportunities there and with other participating firms. CRRC hosted the outreach event for minority- and women-owned businesses at its Page Boulevard factory, the final such event before production begins, officials said. The Chinese-owned company will start building new cars for the MBTA Orange Line in April at the 204,000 square-foot factory floor.

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    5. Former Southworth building in Agawam sold; new owners plan to subdivide it for industrial use

      Former Southworth building in Agawam sold; new owners plan to subdivide it for industrial use

      Investors have finalized their purchase of the former Southworth Paper factory and headquarters for $1.9 million. Southworth is liquidating its assets and will likely sell its former mill in the Turners Falls section of Montague at auction. That transaction is pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield. In Agawam, the new owners of the 146,000-square-foot plant at 265 Main St., PCT Realty Venture, plan to allow a tenant to keep operating there and to rent out the rest of the building for manufacturing or warehouse uses.

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    6. Greentown Initiative Links Startups with Manufacturers

      Greentown Initiative Links Startups with Manufacturers

      Adam Rodrigues, manufacturing fellow with Greentown labs, says his job description can be smashed down to two words: Making matches. That would be matches between startups across the state, and especially those within the 413, and manufacturers in Western Mass. that can help bring a concept to the marketplace. He’s already made several of these matches and plans to make many more, connections that have a number of benefits — for the startups, the manufacturers, the region, and the state.

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    7. Springfield Crrc Ma honored, rail car production begins next month

      Springfield Crrc Ma honored, rail car production begins next month

      The new CRRC MA rail car manufacturing complex in East Springfield is the state's engineering accomplishment of the year, according to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts. The group honored CRRC at its annual meeting Wednesday. That honor comes as CRRC nears the start of production. The Chinese-owned company will start building new cars for the MBTA Orange Line in April.

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    8. Who bought the former Berkshire Industries building in Westfield?

      Who bought the former Berkshire Industries building in Westfield?

      The Amanti family, owners of Westfield's Advance Manufacturing Co., bought the former Berkshire Industries building at 109 Apremont Way along with all of Berkshire's contents for $1.75 million Feb. 16, according to public records. An auction of those contents, including precision machine shop equipment, is set for April 24, 25 and 26, according to an advertisement on the website of DeCosmo Industrial Auctions in Agawam.  David Amanti, vice president of Advance Manufacturing, said Wednesday that he'd like to keep the hows and whys of the purchase to himself.  "Right now there are no plans," he said.

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    9. Manufacturing Field Is Turning More Heads

      Manufacturing Field Is Turning More Heads

      While the region’s manufacturers continue to struggle to find qualified help and fill the enormous voids being left by retiring Baby Boomers, it appears that some progress is being made in efforts to inspire young people to consider the field and start down a path toward a career within it. Conversations with students at Springfield Technical Community College reveal that, while considerable work remains to be done to meet the workforce needs of this sector, some perceptions about it are changing.

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    10. Meet the Manufacturer: Cofab Design

      Meet the Manufacturer: Cofab Design

      Cofab Design is a physical design consultancy, located at Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke, that solves problems for problem solvers. They research, design, engineer, and scale products and projects. Their clients vary in size — ranging from startups to multinational manufacturers — but share in the uniqueness of their design and manufacturing challenges. They assess needs and provide support or complete project leadership to turn challenges into insights and insights into objects

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    11. 'You can come here and make a good living': Schott in Southbridge searches wider for workers to make fiber optics

      'You can come here and make a good living': Schott in Southbridge searches wider for workers to make fiber optics

      Schott North America grew its businesses here by 10 percent in 2017 and executives say the company could do the same in 2018. But Schott  -- which continues the pioneering work in  fiber optic glass once done here by American Optical Co. --  is having trouble trying to hire the people it needs to fill new jobs and to backfill jobs vacated by retiring employees. The German company has two businesses in Southbridge: lighting and imaging and electronics packaging.

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    12. East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      Local workers will once again make Craftsman tools here in the Pioneer Valley. Stanley Black & Decker, which bought the Craftsman brand from ailing Sears in January 2017 for $775 million, will likely start making Craftsman-brand saw blades and other tools at the former Lenox American Saw plant in the second half of 2018, said spokesman Tim Perra.

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    13. Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Technical School partner with industry on workforce development

      Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Technical School partner with industry on workforce development

      Franklin County Technical School partners with Greenfield Community College to provide evening adult education programs in manufacturing technologies and with businesses to educate a new generation of workers and to retrain adults who are unemployed or underemployed. The ninth cohort of adult learners graduated from the advanced manufacturing CNC (computer numerical control) operator training program in December.

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    14. Chicopee's MicroTek cable manufacturer is 'wired for excellence'

      Chicopee's MicroTek cable manufacturer is 'wired for excellence'

      In the early 1980s, when the state was shuttering its schools and hospitals for the disabled, three concerned residents of Hampden County were worried about the security of those being so abruptly re-introduced into mainstream communities. The trio created MicroTek so that people with intellectual and physical disabilities would have a path to earn an income. A nonprofit with an altruistic mission, Chicopee's MicroTek manufactures custom cable and wire configurations for equipment used globally in the medical, scientific and security industries.

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    15. CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      Technicians at the Great Boston transit system's rail yard are test driving Springfield's future. The prototype Orange Line cars represent a step toward greater reliability and frequency of service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. What's more, the cars carry with them the hopes CRRC, the largest manufacturer of railroad rolling stock in the world, holds for expanding into the North American market. The prototype cars going through "dynamic" -- meaning moving -- testing this month at the MBTA's Wellington station in Medford were built by CRRC in China.

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    16. Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Bankrupt Southworth Paper Co. is selling its Agawam plant for $1.88 million to investors from Adams. The city of Agawam has first claim on $140,000 it's owed by Southworth. Papers field this week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield detail the sale. Southworth needed court permission to transfer its assets after filing in September for federal bankruptcy protection. Southworth abruptly shut down its operations in August 2017, saying it could no longer get financing. The company, in business for 178 years, had 120 employees in Agawam, the Turners Falls section of Montague, and Seattle.

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    17. MBTA gets first CRRC Orange Line test car; production to begin at Springfield plant in April

      MBTA gets first CRRC Orange Line test car; production to begin at Springfield plant in April

      The first CRRC-built prototype Orange Line subway car arrived at the MBTA on Wednesday, the greater Boston transit agency announced in a tweet. This car was built in China, but when regular production of the Orange Line and Red Line subway cars begins, probably in April, the cars will be assembled in Springfield.

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    18. Manufacturing training offered in Chicopee, Palmer and Westfield

      Manufacturing training offered in Chicopee, Palmer and Westfield

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is looking for people interested in studying advanced manufacturing. The state awarded the Regional Employment Board $207,900 in October to offer workforce training programs. There is no cost to the trainees, according to the Regional Employment Board. Training begins in January at Westfield Technical Academy, Chicopee Comprehensive High School and Pathfinder Regional Vocational High School in Palmer.  Classes are Mondays through Thursdays and the program lasts five weeks. Training is from 3:30-7:30 p.m. in Westfield and Palmer and from 4-8 p.m. in Chicopee.

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    19. Westfield job fair planned for laid-off Berkshire Industries workers

      Westfield job fair planned for laid-off Berkshire Industries workers

      More than 40 precision manufacturing companies from around the Pioneer Valley and nearby Connecticut will attend a job fair next week in Westfield organized for the 80 workers who lost their jobs when Berkshire Industries shut down unexpectedly last month. "We have had a pretty significant response from companies in the area," said David M. Cruise, president and CEO of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County. "We are trying to outreach to the workers, to let them know it's happening." The event is from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble St. Participants ...

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    20. STCC, Northeastern University partner to offer bachelor's degrees in mechanical...

      STCC, Northeastern University partner to offer bachelor's degrees in mechanical...

      Springfield Technical Community College and Northeastern University have partnered to offer students in Greater Springfield an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering technology and advanced manufacturing systems onsite at STCC starting in January. "To be able to partner like this with a premier university is just tremendous," said John B. Cook, president of the community college. "There is an interest in this degree from our students and from employers."

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    21. Laid off from Berkshire Industries? Local companies want to hire you -- here's how to find them.

      Laid off from Berkshire Industries? Local companies want to hire you -- here's how to find them.

      Eight local precision manufacturers say they are looking to hire workers like those who lost their jobs when Berkshire Industries in Westfield shut down last week without warning. But people in Westfield City Hall and at the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc. don't know who all the 80 displaced workers are, and how those workers can be contacted.

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    22. With 150 employees, Berkshire Industries in Westfield abruptly closes

      With 150 employees, Berkshire Industries in Westfield abruptly closes

      Berkshire Industries, a precision parts manufacturer founded in 1956 that recently had 150 employees, closed abruptly this week. Employees at the 100,000-square-foot facility at 109 Apremont Way referred questions to Whitesell Industries, the company's Naples, Florida-based owner. Berkshire Industries was a contract manufacturer that specialized in components for the aerospace, semiconductor, and telecommunications industries. The real estate at 109 Apremont Way changed hands in 2015 from one Massachusetts-based entity called Berkshire Industries inc. to an identically named company based in Florida. The price was $1.1 million, according to city records and the Hampden Registry of Deeds.

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    23. R.R. LeDuc Corporation, Holyoke precision sheet metal business, reaches half-century mark

      R.R. LeDuc Corporation, Holyoke precision sheet metal business, reaches half-century mark

      Robert R. Leduc, president and founder of a precision sheet metal fabrication and custom powder-coating business in Holyoke, looks young for an octogenarian. Bob, as he's known, is 80 years old but could easily pass for a much younger man. "I'm 80 1/2 years old," LeDuc said precisely, sounding like someone who has worked in a precision industry for the past 50 years. "It's my passion. I have no desire to retire," said the father of six adult children, some of whom will take over leadership of R.R. LeDuc Corp. when the time is right ...

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