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    1. CRRC jobs in Quincy ‘troubling’ to Springfield Rep. Angelo Puppolo

      CRRC jobs in Quincy ‘troubling’ to Springfield Rep. Angelo Puppolo

      A Springfield lawmaker left a meeting with Chinese rail officials last week concerned that the headquarters of CRRC MA, where most of the high-salaried executives work, is in Quincy and not Western Massachusetts, where the new Red Line and Orange Line MBTA cars are being assembled. “This is troubling to me,” Rep. Angelo Puppolo wrote in a letter to CRRC’s Boston consulting firm Preti Strategies.

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    2. Mayor Domenic Sarno criticizes MBTA for awarding $278M deal to South Korea instead of Springfield-based Crrc Ma

      Mayor Domenic Sarno criticizes MBTA for awarding $278M deal to South Korea instead of Springfield-based Crrc Ma

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno criticized the MBTA on Friday for ordering 80 bi-level passenger railcars from South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem for $278.6 million instead of the Chinese-owned CRRC MA. CRRC already has a $95 million factory on Page Boulevard in East Springfield making MBTA Red and Orange line cars and already planning to make similar commuter rail double-decker cars for Philadelphia’s SEPTA.

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    3. CRRC announces apprentice program for Springfield rail car plant; first such program in the U.S.

      CRRC announces apprentice program for Springfield rail car plant; first such program in the U.S.

      CRRC MA and the Sheet Metal Workers Local 63 have created a registered apprentice program for mechanical production worker training in rail car manufacturing at CRRC’s mammoth factory in East Springfield. The program at the plant — now building Orange Line subway cars for the T and soon to start work on Red Line cars — is the first apprenticeship program in the U.S. for rail car manufacturing, according to a news release.

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    4. Manufacturers gather in Westfield for pig roast, networking

      Manufacturers gather in Westfield for pig roast, networking

      Nearly 100 people in the precision manufacturing industry and associated businesses gathered Monday night for the 13th annual Mainline Drive Pig Roast, sponsored by the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association.It’s a chance, said association president Kristin Carlson, for business networking and socializing and to raise some money for the Larry A. Maier Memorial Education Fund. Named in honor of Carlson’s late father, the fund supports and promotes manufacturing education for children in fifth grade and up.

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    5. Merger of Aerospace Giants Creates Uncertainty, but Perhaps Opportunity   - BusinessWest

      Merger of Aerospace Giants Creates Uncertainty, but Perhaps Opportunity   - BusinessWest

      Since the announcement last month that defense and aerospace giants Raytheon and United Technologies will merge into one firm based in Eastern Mass., few other details have emerged, and questions remain about the impact on the companies’ workforce, particularly those currently based at UTC’s Connecticut plant. But some see potential growth in the merger, which may bode well for the many Western Mass. machine shops — and their 5,000 employees — that make components for those companies.

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    6. Savage Arms of Westfield, independent again, plans to expand

      Savage Arms of Westfield, independent again, plans to expand

      Savage Arms, newly acquired by a group of private investors headed by CEO and President Al Kasper, will soon be looking to expand as it takes advantage of its new independence. “We’ll be looking for acquisition opportunities,” Kasper said in a recent interview. “Businesses that are in the same space in the marketplace where we are and that will allow us to take full advantage of our manufacturing capabilities.”

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    7. Agawam High School, Atlantis Charter School, Brockton High School and Burlington High School to launch ‘Innovation Pathways’ job training programs

      Agawam High School, Atlantis Charter School, Brockton High School and Burlington High School to launch ‘Innovation Pathways’ job training programs

      Students at Agawam High School and three other Massachusetts schools will have the opportunity to get a head start on their career plans with the launch of Innovation Pathways programs that offer job training in fields from information technology to advanced manufacturing. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced the award designations Friday, bringing the state’s number of schools offering the programs to 25.

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    8. New owner of Strathmore Paper mill in Russell works on cleanup, mulls plans after tax sale

      New owner of Strathmore Paper mill in Russell works on cleanup, mulls plans after tax sale

      The new owner of the old Strathmore Mill #2 in Russell has begun working on the property while he considers plans for reuse and redevelopment. “I really don’t have any 100% set plans,” said Jacob Trudeau of Pittsfield. “I really just want to get it cleaned out. The real goal is just to get it clean, get the outside clean and get it in better shape.” Trudeau said he’s been talking with experts in mill redevelopment and might have more to share in a few weeks.

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    9. Savage Arms bought by management-led investors for $170 million; company employs about 300 in Westfield

      Savage Arms bought by management-led investors for $170 million; company employs about 300 in Westfield

      Investors led by Savage Arms CEO and President Al Kasper purchased the gun manufacturer from sporting goods conglomerate Vista Outdoor for $170 million earlier this month. Savage, which employs about 300 workers at its Westfield factory and headquarters, is one of the city’s largest private employers. Savage also has a rifle factory in Ontario, Canada.

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    10. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $175K workforce grant for Dielectrics in Chicopee

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $175K workforce grant for Dielectrics in Chicopee

      Medical device manufacturer Dielectrics is seeing its business grow thanks to new technologies and products — but it is having trouble hiring workers to keep up with demand. “Finding skilled people with experience is very difficult,” said Mario Godbout, senior director of manufacturing for the 300 Burnett Road business. “We are always hiring. We’ve taken the approach that we have to build from within and train our employees.”

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    11. Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands warns of China tariff impact; says it might raise prices on accessories, outdoor products

      Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands warns of China tariff impact; says it might raise prices on accessories, outdoor products

      Smith & Wesson parent company American Outdoor Brands said this week that tariffs on Chinese goods could cost it as much as $3 million in the next three months alone. And the company said it might raise prices on its outdoor products and accessories imported from China, passing the costs on to consumers. Jeffrey D. Buchanan, the company’s chief financial officer, described the tariffs’ potential impacts in an earnings conference call this week.

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    12. OMG’s Josh Kelly Takes Over as President of Roofing Alliance

      OMG’s Josh Kelly Takes Over as President of Roofing Alliance

      Josh Kelly, vice president of New Product Development and Innovation at OMG Roofing Products, has been named the 2019-20 president of the Roofing Alliance (formerly the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress). Established in 1996 under the National Roofing Foundation, the Roofing Alliance is a not-for-profit group of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and industry professionals working to shape, improve, and advance the roofing industry. Through its programs, the Roofing Alliance has committed more than $13 million to help preserve and advance the U.S. roofing industry, and more than $5.5 million for research, education, and technical programs and ...

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    13. Asnuntuck Offering Free Summer Manufacturing Program for High-school Students

      Asnuntuck Offering Free Summer Manufacturing Program for High-school Students

      Asnuntuck Community College is offering a free summer program in advanced manufacturing technology for rising ninth-grade students from Enfield, East Windsor, Ellington, East Granby, Granby, Suffield, Somers, and Windsor Locks, Conn. The week-long program is for students who enjoy working with tools, electronics, and/or computers. Students who are curious about the way things are made and interested in a possible career in manufacturing are encouraged to attend. This hands-on, team based week is designed to provide students with instruction and skills through rotations in three key areas: machining, welding, and electronics.

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    14. What does Raytheon-UTC merger mean for Western Mass? Impact feared for those who commute to jobs in Windsor Locks, Farmington, Conn.

      What does Raytheon-UTC merger mean for Western Mass? Impact feared for those who commute to jobs in Windsor Locks, Farmington, Conn.

      Combined defense and aerospace giants Raytheon and United Technologies will be headquartered in Massachusetts — not Connecticut. Good news for the state, but what will be the impact of the merger, announced Monday, of the two companies into one company with an estimated $74 billion in sales for 2019 have in Western Massachusetts where many who work at UTC’s Connecticut factories and offices live and where small machine shops make components that end up in both company’s products.

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    15. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      Employers will gather Monday at Springfield Technical Community College to talk about preparing potential applicants for jobs that businesses are having trouble filling. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is the keynote speaker. The event is organized by the college and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, a local trade organization of precision manufacturers.

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    16. Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      With $287,000 in state grant money, two local companies are having employees trained through Training & Workforce Options, a collaborative workforce development program at Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College.Westfield-based firearms manufacturer Savage Arms received $238,485 from the state’s Workforce Training Fund for customized training for 67 workers, according to a press release. Employees are training now on computer numerical control (CNC) machines at STCC’s Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center, a machine-tool lab and classroom complex at the Springfield Technology Park.

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    17. ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Turns Training into Jobs — Quickly

      ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Turns Training into Jobs — Quickly

      With much of the manufacturing workforce starting to age out and a dearth of young people entering the field, companies have been struggling for some time to find the skilled employees they need to grow. One successful model changing the equation is the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck Community College, which is placing students with a one-year certificate to work in good-paying careers — while meeting area companies’ critical talent needs. It is, in short, a true win-win.

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    18. Westfield OK’s tax incentive for James Hardie plant expansion

      Westfield OK’s tax incentive for James Hardie plant expansion

      James Hardie Building Products, the manufacturer that bought the former old Colony Envelope and National Envelope plant last year, could invest an additional $12 million to $18 million at the site and hire more people. That’s if it gets a tax incentives from the city and state. The Westfield City Council voted 10-1 in favor of the agreement, a tax increment financing, or TIF, agreement Thursday night.

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    19. OMG Inc. Names Brad Bedard Vice President of Supply Chain Management

      OMG Inc. Names Brad Bedard Vice President of Supply Chain Management

      As part of the continued effort to position the company for stronger growth, Brad Bedard has been promoted to vice president of Supply Chain Management for OMG Inc. As vice president, 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 operational efficiencies, improve supply-chain and distribution performance, and manage costs. He reports to Hubert McGovern, president and CEO.

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    20. What’s new at Eastec 2019: Robots and efficiency drive innovation

      What’s new at Eastec 2019: Robots and efficiency drive innovation

      The Eastern States Exposition’s Mallary Complex, where folks normally gather around livestock, is full this week of folks gathering around robots on display at the Eastec trade show. Robots throwing dice, robots alphabetizing a pile of children's ABC toys, robots stacking tiny squares of gum.

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