1. Articles in category: Manufacturing

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    1. Manufacturers and businesses struggle to find skilled workers

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 10 2012)

      Manufacturers and businesses struggle to find skilled workers

      One way the state is addressing the issue is through the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, a new group dedicated to expanding manufacturing in Massachusetts. Edward Leyden, president and CEO of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam and a co-chair of the collaborative, said the skills gap is the biggest issue facing manufacturing. Leyden said there is still a perception that manufacturing is a “dirty, dying, smokestack trade,” when in reality it is a computer-oriented business requiring math and science skills. Additionally, he said the average age for a manufacturing worker is 53 – nearing retirement age. “Most of the shops are ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College

    2. Massachusetts is projected to return to pre-recession employment levels by mid-2014

      Explore bizjournals (Dec 5 2012)

      We’ve got to wait until 2014 before employment in the Bay State returns to pre-recession levels. And after we get there, we’ll be staring at a dramatically different economy than the one we left behind in early 2008.

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    3. Employers, Officials Seek to Boost Manufacturing Sector

      Explore AIM Business Insider (Nov 29 2012)

      Employers, Officials Seek to Boost Manufacturing Sector

      The Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) held its first formal session in Boston after being formed by the Patrick Administration and endorsed by the Legislature to enhance the competitiveness of Bay State manufacturers.

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      Mentions:   Raytheon   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Timothy P Murray

    4. UMass Amherst researchers develop high-tech uniforms for soldiers

      Explore Home - BostonHerald.com (Nov 27 2012)

      UMass Amherst polymer scientists Kenneth Carter and James Watkins, collaborating with team leader Francesco Fornasiero of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, recently received a five-year, $1.8 million grant to design ways to manufacture the new material as part of a $13 million project funded by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    5. Manufacturing field in need of workers

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Nov 19 2012)

      Manufacturing field in need of workers

      Manufacturing is the fifth largest employer in the Massachusetts, with 293 precision manufacturing companies in the Pioneer Valley alone.  But new research shows many workers are retiring and not enough young people are replacing them. According to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development , nearly half of the region’s workforce is over 45, compared to the state’s 44%.

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield

    6. Study: Pioneer Valley lacks younger workers to replace soon-to-retire Baby Boomers

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 15 2012)

      Study: Pioneer Valley lacks younger workers to replace soon-to-retire Baby Boomers

      Edward T. Leyden, president of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam, said he sees the impact in the graying heads on his machine shop floor and a lack of young machinists coming out of trade schools. A manufacturing technician able to set up and program a lathe that's numerically controlled by at computer can make $40,000 to $60,000 a year and earn benefits. But Leyden said those jobs won’t be here if the region can’t develop a younger work force.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Raytheon   Smith & Wesson Corp.

    7. Straight Shooter | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Oct 31 2012)

      Straight Shooter | BusinessWest

      James Debney remembers feeling the need to do some practice shooting before he was interviewed for the position of president of Smith & Wesson’s Firearms Division just over three years ago. “I just thought it was something I ought to do; I’m not really sure why,” he recalled, admitting freely that he didn’t really know much of anything about firearms then, and thought some target practice might somehow be of help. “I borrowed a friend’s gun, went out in the woods, and did some shooting.”

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    8. Small business forum in Northampton

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 25 2012)

      According to Jones, “We are launching a campaign called ‘  Amp It Up,’ to try and promote manufacturing as a good career.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Northampton

    9. Deloitte report shows parts of New England can be as inexpensive as the South for manufacturing

      Explore bizjournals (Oct 25 2012)

      In particular, the report singles out three relatively affordable regions in New England: the I-91 corridor, particularly in the Pioneer Valley area;

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    10. Smith College host regional economic development forum at Northampton campus

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 25 2012)

      NORTHAMPTON — The fourth in a series of economic development forums sponsored by MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development finance arm, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith College, where speakers will touch on everything from manufacturing to workforce issues. Speakers at today's session of "Choosing To Collaborate: Regional & State Resources for Local Economic Development" include MassDevelopment's Marty Jones, Victoria Maguire, of the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office, and

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Smith College   Massachusetts Office of Business Development

    11. South Hadley takes step toward demolition of abandoned Texon mill building

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 24 2012)

      South Hadley takes step toward demolition of abandoned Texon mill building

      It’s a monument to the town’s once-thriving industry, but the historic Texon factory building on the banks of the Connecticut River has been vacant for twenty years, and it has become an eyesore in the Falls.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    12. State Encourages Young People to Consider Manufacturing Careers

      Explore AIM Business Insider (Oct 22 2012)

      State Encourages Young People to Consider Manufacturing Careers

      AMP it up!, developed as part of the Patrick administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Agenda, seeks to address a persistent shortage of qualified workers in key manufacturing industries. A recent state report card on manufacturing reported that upwards of 100,000 manufacturing jobs will need to be filled during the next several years.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    13. Resources for Small Business Owners and Manufacturers

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 18 2012)

      Presenters from Associated Industries of Massachusetts,
      MassDevelopment, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (“MOITI”)
      and Mass MEP will describe new programs available to businesses in the
      Commonwealth on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 4:00 in the Clarion Hotel in
      Northampton.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Northampton

    14. A Swab For Every Job: SuperBrush

      Explore American Rifleman (Oct 17 2012)

      A Swab For Every Job: SuperBrush

      As an alternative, Super Brush LLC, has introduced products to be used instead of, or in conjunction with, traditional cleaning tools. Under the Springfield, Mass.-based company’s Swab-its brand, Bore-tips and Gun-tips use modern materials and innovative designs to make firearm cleaning easier and more efficient.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Springfield City Council subcommittee approves tax incentives for 2 companies to move to city

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 9 2012)

      Officials from the companies – Holyoke-based Nash Manufacturing and Latino Food Distributors of West Springfield – met with the council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee to explain benefits the city would receive in exchange for tax breaks

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Holyoke

    16. Benchmark Carbide settles in at new Springfield location on Dwight Street

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 8 2012)

      Benchmark Carbide settles in at new Springfield location on Dwight Street

      Benchmark Carbide is feeling right at home on Dwight Street at its new, larger location, having grown itself from a three-person business 32 years ago to its current 33-member precision manufacturing workforce — and climbing.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    17. Spfld manufacturer moving downtown

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 3 2012)

      Spfld manufacturer moving downtown

      Benchmark Carbide Corporation has moved to Dwight Street downtown. The industrial tool manufacturer is relocating after it outgrew its longtime plant in East Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    18. Holyoke, Westfield projects get tax boost

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      Holyoke, Westfield projects get tax boost

      Auferoth started Dirk Auferoth & Associates in 1996 soon after immigrating with his American-born wife. The company does architectural woodworking, manufacturing custom cabinetry and mill work for high-end residential and commercial properties. Right now, he is in 9,000 square feet of rented space at 642 South Summer St. He plans to buy 130,000 square feet of manufacturing space in what once was a clothing and hat factory at 532 Main St. Seven tenants will remain in the building with Auferoth’s company occupying 20,000 square feet of space.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield

    19. Springfield's Smith & Wesson aiming high

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 30 2012)

      Springfield's Smith & Wesson aiming high

      Smith & Wesson’s numbers are also looking strong. The company is now up to 1,200 employees, said Elizabeth A. Sharp, vice president for investor relations. That number doesn’t count a few hundred temporary workers at the site. Smith & Wesson hires production workers almost exclusively from the ranks of the temps on its site. Founded in Springfield in 1852, Smith & Wesson had just 600 employees in Springfield back in 2001.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield   Westfield

    20. Massachusetts manufacturing future bright, but state needs to address growing skills gap | masslive

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 17 2012)

      Greg Bialecki, Gov. Deval Patrick’s economic affairs secretary, knows more work needs to be done to help bridge this training gap. He says state officials are launching two related initiatives aimed at boosting the manufacturing sectors in four key regions: the northeastern corner of the state, the South Coast, central Massachusetts, and western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    21. Mass. officials look to bridge skills gap for manufacturing sector - Boston Business Journal

      Explore bizjournals (Sep 14 2012)

      Greg Bialecki, Gov. Deval Patrick’s economic affairs secretary, knows more work needs to be done to help bridge this training gap. He says state officials are launching two related initiatives aimed at boosting the manufacturing sectors in four key regions: the northeastern corner of the state, the South Coast, central Massachusetts, and western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    22. Editorial: Smith & Wesson sales show company's strength

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      Editorial: Smith & Wesson sales show company's strength

      Don’t believe anyone who tells you manufacturing in Western Massachusetts is dead.  Consider the soaring sales and earnings of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., Springfield’s iconic gun maker. The company garnered national attention in advance of Friday’s Wall Street rally when the gun maker’s stock shot up 18 percent before the market even opened.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    23. Engine of Progress | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 11 2012)

      Engine of Progress | BusinessWest

      The promise of the Scuderi split-cycle engine, as it’s called, is that it could dramatically increase the efficiency of a machine — the internal-combustion engine — that has been notoriously resistant to such efforts in the more than 130 years since it was invented.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Scuderi Group

    24. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to tour Franklin County business sites

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 30 2012)

      Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to tour Franklin County business sites

      According to Murray's schedule, he's expected to be at Rodney Hunt, 46 Mill St., at 11:15 a.m. for a facility tour and announcement about the company's expansion and growth. At 1:30 p.m., he's expected to tour Franklin County CDC headquarters at 324 Wells St.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Timothy P Murray

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