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    1. Springfield's A.G. Miller continues proud century-old tradition of metal fabricating, but needs help getting trained staff

      Springfield's A.G. Miller continues proud century-old tradition of metal fabricating, but needs help getting trained staff

      When A.G. Milller started in the metal fabrication business in Springfield nearly 100 years ago, its customers were automobile manufacturers Knox and Stevens-Duryea.
      'In the 1920s our largest customer was Rolls-Royce when they made cars here in Springfield,' said Rick Miller, the current owner of A.G. Miller and grandson of the company founder. 'We did the fenders and door panels for them. It has always been the precision higher-end of sheet metal fabricating.'

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    2. Regional Employment Board of Hampden County receives $444,000 for precision manufacturing training program

      Regional Employment Board of Hampden County receives $444,000 for precision manufacturing training program

      The state has granted $444,208 to support the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County's Precision Manufacturing Training Program, according to a news release issued last week. The grant is part of a larger program. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki announced four awards totaling more than $1.3 million to support regional programs to train unemployed and underemployed individuals, including veterans, for careers in the state’s advanced manufacturing industry.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. Chicopee approves tax break for Menck Windows

      Chicopee approves tax break for Menck Windows

      The company, which is in a joint venture with Menck Fenster a 130-year-old German company, initially plans to hire 20 to 30 employees and hopes to expand to at least 50 within five years.  Before the City Council meeting, Todd Bachelder, president and chief executive officer for Menck USA, asked for a quick approval so the company could begin installing equipment and be ready for business for the end of the 2014 construction season.  The approval enables the company to appear before the state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council this month to request economic development incentive grants or tax credits.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    4. Big Picture | BusinessWest

      Big Picture | BusinessWest

      Bob LePage spends a lot of time talking to employers from many different sectors, from healthcare to hospitality; financial services to manufacturing. And they all have one thing in common — a need for quality workers.  He related a conversation he had with the head of an area manufacturing firm. “He said, ‘we have more work than we have capacity. And what’s the biggest capacity constriction? Lack of workers. If I could find them, I’d add a shift, I’d add another line. Our challenge is, we need more qualified workers, whether that’s taking assemblers and upscaling them ...

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    5. Northampton company L-3 KEO announces elimination of 19 positions

      Northampton company L-3 KEO announces elimination of 19 positions

      L-3 KEO, the city's largest industrial employer announced Friday it is laying off 19 employees from its Northampton location in part because of declining defense spending and continuing impact of sequestration on the federal budget, according to company officials. "This difficult, but necessary action was taken to maintain the division’s overall competitiveness and improve its ability to win and execute new business pursuits in a declining defense budget and sequestration environment," the company said in a prepared statement. Positions being affected are both salaried and hourly, and employees have been offered severance packages and outplacement assistance.

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    6. West Springfield High School's Pathways to Prosperty program gets visit from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

      West Springfield High School's Pathways to Prosperty program gets visit from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick toured the West Springfield High School's Pathways to Prosperity program on Tuesday during his visit to Western Massachusetts. Designed to set ninth grade students on a path towards careers in advanced manufacturing, the program offers a wide curriculum with math and science being key components. "The Pathways to Prosperity concept is a powerful one," said the governor . “It’s about exposing young people to work and opportunities.”

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    7. United Technologies Research Center's 'flow battery' technology wins 'Oscars of innovation'

      United Technologies Research Center's 'flow battery' technology wins 'Oscars of innovation'

      United Technologies Research Center has developed a “flow battery” technology that won an accolade that research center spokeswoman Katie Haswell calls the “Oscars of innovation.”  The recognition is from trade publication R&D magazine, which named it among the 100 most technologically significant products introduced to the market in the last year, she said.

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      Mentions: The Republican
    8. Massachusetts is Number One in Education. Is That Enough?

      Massachusetts is Number One in Education. Is That Enough?

      The gap between the knowledge required by globally competitive Bay State employers and the knowledge offered by job seekers remains a major impediment to economic growth across Massachusetts. It is a gap that has persisted throughout the Great Recession, ranging from software companies that could hire dozens of programmers tomorrow but cannot find them, to precision manufacturers starved for young workers with the mathematical and mechanical skills to do high-tolerance machining.

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    9. Commonwealth to Inject $20+Million Into Manufacturing Programs in 2014

      Mike Prior, Director of Business Development/NGM Programs at the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), and Douglas Kehlhem, Senior Director at MassEcon were also part of the panel that led the summit conversations. Keynote speakers included Greg Bialecki, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and Arthur Vigeant, Marlborough Mayor. MEDC Executive Director, Tim Cummings, hosted the event.

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    10. Westfield Chamber, Training and Workforce Options join to host manufacturing training summit at Savage Arms

      Westfield Chamber, Training and Workforce Options join to host manufacturing training summit at Savage Arms

      According to the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, the Pioneer Valley boasts approximately 293 manufacturers who employ roughly 7,850 workers. Manufacturing is the fourth-largest industry sector in the Commonwealth, with more than 299,000 employees, and ranks second in the Pioneer Valley. The summit also will address such issues as current and future business challenges, specific industry workforce needs, projected changes in the local economy and the workforce, resources available to improve workers’ skills and development, and ways in which Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College and manufacturers can develop meaningful partnerships to effectively address the ...

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    11. STCC Celebrates Expansion of Mechanical Engineering Tech. Building

      STCC Celebrates Expansion of Mechanical Engineering Tech. Building

      Some big things are happening in the technology program at Springfield Technical Community College. STCC is expanding its mechanical engineering technology building and that means more good paying jobs in the precision manufacturing field. Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki joined local officials in cutting the ribbon for the expansion of the mechanical engineering technology, or MET, program at STCC.

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    12. Connecting Points | BusinessWest

      Connecting Points | BusinessWest

      As she gave BusinessWest a tour of the 24,000-square-foot MicroTek plant on Justin Drive, Paradis stopped at a number of the workstations where she learned this business and its specific products more than 25 years ago.  She explained the processes involved with specific parts, offered high praise for the workforce, and ended with some pointed commentary.  “This is a good example of how manufacturing is still a big part of our economy in Western Mass.,” she said. “People say this sector is in decline, and maybe it’s not what it once was, but what we’re doing here ...

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    13. Hasbro among big gainers as S&P 500 ekes out a small advance to set a new record

      Hasbro among big gainers as S&P 500 ekes out a small advance to set a new record

      Toymaker Hasbro and the V.F. Corporation, which owns clothing brands including Wrangler and The North Face, were among the biggest gainers in the S&P 500 after reporting earnings that beat analysts' expectations. McDonalds dipped after reporting disappointing revenue. The S&P 500 closed up a fraction of a point at 1,744.66, an all-time high, its third consecutive record close. Stocks climbed last week after Washington reached a deal to end a 16-day government shutdown and avert a default on the nation's debt.  The index is up 22 percent so far this year, putting it on ...

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      Mentions: Boeing Hasbro, Inc.
    14. New $100 bills, made with Crane & Co. paper from Dalton, allow tellers to feel denomination

      New $100 bills, made with Crane & Co. paper from Dalton, allow tellers to feel denomination

      'The new bill is more highly textured. you can almost count them blindfolded,' said Sue Fearn, assistant vice president for client sales at Nuvo Bank & Trust Co. in Springfield. Even the U.S. Department of the Treasury's website www.newmoney.gov asks people to run their finger along Benjamin Franklin's shoulder when they get a new bill.

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    15. Manufacturing Shift to U.S. Accelerates

      Manufacturing Shift to U.S. Accelerates

      The study found that 54 percent of U.S.-based manufacturing executives at companies with sales greater than $1 billion are planning to “re-shore” production, or are considering it, up from 37 percent who responded to a similar survey in February 2012. When asked whether they expect to move production in light of rising wages in China, 21 percent of respondents—around twice as many as in 2012—said they are “actively doing this” or that they “will move production to the U.S. in the next two years.”

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    16. Manufacturing the focus of Franklin County Technical School center | masslive

      Manufacturing the focus of Franklin County Technical School center | masslive

      The old manufacturing technology center at Franklin County Technical School looked like the kind of workshop that would have laid off the grandfather of today's high school students 30 years ago.  It was manual, hand-adjusted technology with oil and dirt, said Valley Steel Stamp owner Steve Capshaw, who spearheaded the $717,000 renovation, updating and re-equipping the program in an effort to help his industry grow by providing more qualified workers for his business and others in the valley.

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    17. Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Promoting our regional aerospace cluster is a high priority
      for the EDC this year. Enhancing Western Mass – Canada trade is a significant
      tactic in our initiative. US – Canada trade tends to be north-south. Canada’s
      aerospace firms predominate in Quebec, so our region is well positioned to pick
      up future business opportunities.

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