1. Articles in category: Manufacturing

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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. '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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills

      Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College and Training & Workforce Options, are piloting a Metrology & CNC Foundations training program. This eight-week, 160-hour, advanced-manufacturing training program, which started on Sept. 25, is training 12 laid-off workers in manufacturing skills in quality control utilizing micrometers, calipers, and coordinate measurement machinery. In addition, trainees will receive training in blueprint reading, shop mathematics, ISO 9001 and AS9100 quality systems, and basic CNC setup and operations.

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    17. CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars

      CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars

      CRRC, which is nearing completion on its 204,000-square-foot rail car factory in East Springfield, will ship the first four prototype Orange Line MBTA cars from China to Boston Nov. 18. The cars will leave via the Port of Shanghai and arrive at the Hub in December -- the first of the 404 Orange and Red line cars CRRC plans to build for the Boston-area subway in the next few years.

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    18. State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito appeared at Franklin County Technical School on Tuesday, where she awarded $1.33 million to eight workforce training organizations through the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program. The program focuses on reaching veterans, groups with chronically high unemployment, and other adults historically underrepresented in the manufacturing sector, and helps people gain marketable skills. The grants were awarded by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on behalf of the Governor's Workforce Skills Cabinet, building on $9.5 million in Workforce Skills Capital grants awarded earlier this year.

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    19. Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February

      Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February

      Promising modern MBTA subway cars and more frequent service on the Orange and Red lines, Gov. Charlie Baker toured the nearly completed CRRC MA rail car factory here on Thursday afternoon. "These cars can't get here fast enough," Baker said after walking through the mammoth production floor and meeting with newly trained workers. "We have a lot of work to do on our public transit systems. That includes our tracks, switches, station and yes, it includes these cars."

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    20. As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility

      As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility

      With the start of subway car production at CRRC MA's massive new factory in East Springfield just months away, Gov. Charlie Baker and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno are set to tour the facility. They'll be at the factory, a $95 million behemoth nearing completion at the old Westinghouse site on Interstate 291, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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    21. Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass

      Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash will reveal new manufacturing grants when they visit the University of Massachusetts Friday afternoon on National Manufacturing Day. The grants are part of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative M212 that supports public-private research institutes to research emerging manufacturing technologies.   Baker and Ash will be joined by UMass officials, leading research institutions in the state, representatives from national manufacturing initiatives and executives from manufacturing firms from across the state, according to a press release.

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    22. With Springfield factory nearing completion, China's CRRC readies first prototype T cars for shipment to Boston

      With Springfield factory nearing completion, China's CRRC readies first prototype T cars for shipment to Boston

      CRRC will unveil the first prototype subway cars it's building for Boston's MBTA on Oct. 16 at its factory in Changchun, China. The unveiling will trumpet the cars as CRRC's first entry into the North American market despite being the world's largest manufacturer of railway cars. The company has built vehicles and even whole transit systems elsewhere around the world. The ceremony comes as contractors finish work on CRRC's factory in the East Springfield neighborhood that will make all the production models and fulfill CRRC's orders from the T totaling 524 rail cars.

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    23. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo tour Friendly's Ice Cream plant in...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo tour Friendly's Ice Cream plant in...

      She earned her first dollar as a waitress in a Friendly's Restaurant, loves black raspberry ice cream, and she couldn't wait to see where all the creamy Friendly's ice cream is created. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr. spent time on Tuesday touring Friendly's headquarters on Boston Road, seeing first-hand where the famous ice cream is made by Western Mass. residents.  "I know how to scoop it, how to double dip," Polito told Friendly's Manufacturing and Retail President and General Manager Tim Hopkins prior to their tour.

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