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    1. State awards $1.1 million in Vocational School Equipment grants

      State awards $1.1 million in Vocational School Equipment grants

      The 64 vocational technical programs in Massachusetts represent more than 44,000 students. These schools offer hands-on learning in a number of innovative educational programs to support a range of career fields, especially growing work force sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy and information technology.

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    2. Peter Picknelly, investors, add Duval Precision Grinding in Chicopee to portfolio

      Peter Picknelly, investors, add Duval Precision Grinding in Chicopee to portfolio

      Investors Peter A. Picknelly, the chief executive officer of Peter Pan Bus Lines, Getz and Brian Stefano bought Duval at the end of last year, adding the precision grinding company to a portfolio of businesses including Camfour, a firearm sporting-goods wholesaler in Westfield, Hill Country, a similar wholesaler in Texas, and Belt Technologies in Agawam, which manufactures specialty stainless steel belts for industrial use, including making the inside of McDonald's hamburger grills work properly.

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    3. MA vocational schools receiving grants

      MA vocational schools receiving grants

      Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray announced more than $1 million in grants for vocational school Wednesday; this could impact a local school near you. 25 vocational school districts across Massachusetts are getting more than $1 million in grants to better equip their students with the challenges of the modern workforce. Franklin County Technical School District and Springfield Public Schools are some of the western Massachusetts schools that will receive money.

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    4. Springfield Fire Capt. Robert Duffy invents 'Quick Step Anchor' to help firefighters stay safer on roofs

      Springfield Fire Capt. Robert Duffy invents 'Quick Step Anchor' to help firefighters stay safer on roofs

      “(Duffy) has always risen to the occasion on the Springfield Fire Department and we are very excited to introduce it today,” said Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant.

      Duffy declined to elaborate on how much money he may earn from his invention. “It’s not about money for me, it’s about helping to save the lives of people who save lives for a living,” he said.

      The Quick Step is manufactured right here in Springfield at Jesko Tool & Knife on Front Street in Indian Orchard.

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    5. At Eastec trade show in West Springfield, manufacturers talk about not sending work to China, new products, and more

      At Eastec trade show in West Springfield, manufacturers talk about not sending work to China, new products, and more

      Eastec, the manufacturing trade show at the Eastern States Exposition, was busy Tuesday, and so are the manufacturers who attend looking for new customers, new technology and new equipment.  'We are looking for equipment so we can bring more production work into our building in Somers and not have to send it to China,' said Barry Smith, a manufacturing engineer at Conval Inc., a maker of precision valves for turbines used in generating electricity.

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    6. Yankee Candle rekindles its Man Candles line by adding bacon and popcorn fragrances - Boston Business Journal

      Yankee Candle rekindles its Man Candles line by adding bacon and popcorn fragrances - Boston Business Journal

      It also turned out to be a brilliant strategy for boosting revenue. Sure, Yankee Candle received plenty of ribbing for fragrances like “First Down,” “2x4” and “Riding Mower.” (Jimmy Fallon even asked, on his late night show, when we could expect to see a “10 PM Nacho Breeze” flavor.) But the line of four Man Candles was responsible for 10 percent of all sales volume in Yankee Candle’s stores for the stretch from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day last year, according to spokeswoman Karen Woods, much more than the Deerfield-based company’s executives had imagined. “Man Town ...

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    7. Savage Arms in Westfield sold to defense giant ATK

      Savage Arms in Westfield sold to defense giant ATK

      Defense contractor ATK, also known as Alliant Techsystems, announced Monday it has entered into an agreement to acquire Savage Sports Corporation in Westfield For $315 million. Savage has 700 employees including 400 at its Westfield plant and headquarters. It calls itself is one of the world's largest manufacturers of hunting rifles and shotguns. Amanda Covington , vice president of corporate communications for ATK, didn’t make any predictions for the Westfield plant when questioned via email Monday afternoon.

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    8. Editorial: Return of Eastec show boon for Western Massachusetts economy

      Editorial: Return of Eastec show boon for Western Massachusetts economy

      After a one-year hiatus, Eastec, the East Coast’s largest manufacturing trade show, returns to the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield for a three-day run this week. And that is very good news for the local retail economy.  The Eastec show, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, had been an annual event until 2011 when organizers decided to hold the event only on odd-numbered years.

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    9. Holyoke U.S. Tsubaki plant gets OK for expansion of up to $7 million and 15 jobs

      Holyoke U.S. Tsubaki plant gets OK for expansion of up to $7 million and 15 jobs

      Construction on a $6 million to $7 million expansion at U.S. Tsubaki Inc. at 821 Main St. is scheduled to be done by fall, adding at least 15 jobs, officials said. "We are excited to see this investment, as this is part of a larger trend happening in Holyoke -- businesses expanding and growing and starting to invest again," Mayor Alex B. Morse said.

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    10. Eastec manufacturing show returns to the Big E in West Springfield | masslive.com

      Eastec manufacturing show returns to the Big E in West Springfield | masslive.com

      Eastec, which features truck-sized industrial equipment that can cost up to $1 million and churn out precision parts to tolerances many times smaller than a human hair, is expected to draw more than 500 exhibitors and visitors representing nearly 700 companies from across the country, said Kimberly L. Farrugia, senior event manager for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Farrugia said it’s a 15 percent increase overall increase in registrations from 2011, the last time Eastec was in West Springfield. She anticipated overall attendance of about 11,000 over three days, May 14, 15 and 16.

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    11. Smith & Wesson to provide new service handguns to the San Antonio Police Department | masslive.com

      Smith & Wesson to provide new service handguns to the San Antonio Police Department | masslive.com

      Smith & Wesson announced Tuesday that it has a contract to provide duty sidearms to the San Antonio Police Department in Texas. The order for 2,600 M &P40 pistols firing .40 caliber ammunition is the Springfield icon's largest contract to date in the state of Texas, according to a Smith & Wesson news release. According to the department reached by phone Tuesday, San Antonio's 2,300 sworn police officers currently use .40 caliber Glock handguns.

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    12. Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to tour Westfield's Genevieve Swiss plant to highlight jobs and workforce training

      Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to tour Westfield's Genevieve Swiss plant to highlight jobs and workforce training

      Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray is scheduled to make stops in Western Massachusetts on Thursday to highlight manufacturing and technology initiatives in this region. His first stop is at 10:45 a.m. at Genevieve Swiss Industries, where he'll emphasize jobs and workforce training at the precision manufacturing company at 6 Old Stage Road. Nearly two years ago, officials of the high-precision tools and accessories firm near Barnes Regional Airport announced they were going to begin manufacturing parts for sophisticated metal turning and milling machines, rather than merely sell such components.

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    13. Auto Custom Leathers - Common Capital Inc.

      Auto Custom Leathers - Common Capital Inc.

      At the start, Jerry had a list of 250 trade customers, mainly small auto trim and customization shops and auto dealers. From that core group, he has now grown his customer base to 500 mainly through word of mouth and by providing a high quality product. Auto Custom Leathers manufactures replacement vinyl and leather interiors which their customers install in shops mainly throughout the U.S. and Canada but they have shipped their products as far as Japan, Germany and other parts of Europe.

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    14. Workforce Training Fund Streamlines Grant Process

      Workforce Training Fund Streamlines Grant Process

      The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) today announced four policy changes that will streamline the grant process and make thousands of additional employers eligible for the Express Grant program. WTFP officials said the fund’s advisory board voted recently to cut in half the two-year waiting period for companies that receive a grant and wish to apply for a subsequent award. The board also made companies with between 50-100 employees eligible for Express Grants; eliminated the waiting period between General Program grants and Express Program grants; and increased the allowable grant period for Technical Assistance grants from six months ...

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    15. Jenoptik Optical Systems to close Easthampton plant, eliminate 39 jobs | masslive

      Jenoptik Optical Systems to close Easthampton plant, eliminate 39 jobs | masslive

      Jenoptik Optical Systems is closing it plant on Industrial Drive and eliminating 39 local jobs because of falling demand from the Pentagon.

      Jenoptik used the Easthampton plant to make lenses for battlefield equipment like range-finders and night-vision goggles, said Jay Kumler, president of the German-owned company’s U.S. operations. He said the defense cuts that hurt Jenoptik predate the “sequester” cuts the federal government recently imposed.

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    16. Report on FDI Forum

      Report on FDI Forum

      Over 75% of inbound FDI into the US comes from
      eight countries -- six in Western Europe, Canada and Japan. The EDC maintains relationships
      with our peers and government officials in all of them, and particularly strong
      relationships in all of them except Japan. They are a growing source of leads
      for our Prospect Management system.

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    17. International Transfer Service Inc. fifth company to get Bradley tax credit approval

      International Transfer Service Inc. fifth company to get Bradley tax credit approval

      ITS, a 36-year-old manufacturer always located in Windsor, makes wooden crates for air-freight shipping of products from companies from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. ITS crates the products and brings them to Bradley, where they are shipped worldwide. ITS is one of the oldest continuously running transportation companies serving the Bradley air-freight community.

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