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    1. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gets up close look at MBTA train cars set to be built in...

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gets up close look at MBTA train cars set to be built in...

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is getting an up close look at the new MBTA Orange Line cars. Baker is scheduled to see a model on Tuesday. The model came via cargo ship from China and is sitting in Medford's Wellington Yard. The Chinese-owned firm CRRC MA is building the cars inside a $95 million subway car factory in Springfield. The company has a contract with Massachusetts to build 152 Orange Line cars and 252 Red Line cars, and is seeking contracts with other US transit agencies. Transporation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Acting MBTA General Manager Brain Shortsleeve and MBTA Chief ...

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    2. Stanley Black & Decker completes Lenox American saw purchase, plans to continue operating East Longmeadow plant

      Stanley Black & Decker completes Lenox American saw purchase, plans to continue operating East Longmeadow plant

      Connecticut-based tool giant Stanley Black & Decker earlier this month completed its purchase of Newell Brands' tool division, which includes Lenox American Saw and its 500,000-square-foot factory here with 640 employees. The $1.95 billion acquisition was first announced in October. The deal represents more than $700 million of revenues from brands like Lenox and Irwin hand tools, Stanley Black & Decker said in a news release.

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    3. East Longmeadow Play-Doh plan puts focus on need for manufacturing employees

      East Longmeadow Play-Doh plan puts focus on need for manufacturing employees

      Making stuff out of Play-Doh is child's play. But making Play-Doh and packaging it for shipment requires giant bakery-style mixers, high-speed rollers, extruders, cutters, plastics molding machines, at least four robots and workers with the technical know-how to keep all that equipment churning away. "It's a fairly automated and complex process," said Jeff Lombard, CEO of Cartamundi East Longmeadow, which is gearing up to start making Play-Doh for toy giant Hasbro by the end of 2018. "You need people who understand mechanics, electronics, pneumatics. You have equipment integration." Hasbro contracts with Cartamundi to make its games and toys ...

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    4. Rodney Hunt liquidates tools and supplies as Orange manufacturer closes

      Rodney Hunt liquidates tools and supplies as Orange manufacturer closes

      Rodney Hunt manufactured gate valves and other large industrial parts like sluiceways for hydroelectric plants. In 2015, the company announced it would shut down completely and close its plant in the town of Orange. The company was founded in 1840 as a maker of wooden tools and simple machines. At the time of the 2015 announcement, Rodney Hunt had about 200 employees. Now, that's down to barely any workers as the factory building at 46 Mill St. is shut down, said Town Administrator Diana M. Schindler. "Now we are looking for something to replace those jobs, just like everyplace ...

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      Mentions: Greenfield
    5. Halpern Titanium Has a Sharp Focus on Continued Growth

      Halpern Titanium Has a Sharp Focus on Continued Growth

      Marianne Halpern says the company used to be called Custom Knife Supply because … well, that’s what it did — that’s all it did.  It supplied custom parts — blades, handles, hinges, and other components — to knife makers across the country, she said of the venture that she and her husband, Les, started out of their home in Monson, more as a money-making hobby than anything else.  Exactly how much the new name has helped the company is a matter of debate, but what isn’t is the fact that Halpern Titanium, now located in the Palmer Technology Center (the old ...

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    6. First CRRC employees ready to go to China

      First CRRC employees ready to go to China

      Recently hired engineers at CRRC MA Corp. in Springfield are learning about the subway cars they'll soon start building through reams of specifications and diagram after diagram. Starting next month, they'll have their hands on the real thing in the Chinese factory where they were developed. On April 7, CRRC will send four engineers, a number of production supervisors and 22 newly hired union production workers to Changchun, China, for three months of training. It's the beginning of what CRRC calls the technology transfer of its rail car design to Springfield.

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    7. Western Mass. employers get training funds

      Western Mass. employers get training funds

      Manufacturers and one community service organization in the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires were among the 111 employers from across the state that received a total of $7.9 million in workforce training grants this week. The money, which comes from a fund to which employers contribute, will train 5,243 workers and help create an expected 522 new jobs. "Workforce training grants invest in the strength of our workers and Massachusetts' labor market," Gov. Charlie Baker said in a news release. "We are pleased these funds can assist workers in developing the skills they need to advance their careers ...

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    8. Mitchell Machine Builds on Nearly a Century of Providing Solutions

      Mitchell Machine Builds on Nearly a Century of Providing Solutions

      Since it was launched by John Mitchell in 1920, Mitchell Machine has grown and diversified — shifting from producing parts and tools for the Springfield Armory and Indian Motocycle to designing and manufacturing complex machines for the semiconductor industry. But since day one, the company has essentially been doing the same thing — producing solutions for its clients.

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    9. Commercial roofing company bringing jobs to Ludlow

      Commercial roofing company bringing jobs to Ludlow

      Duro-Last Roofing Inc. recently signed a lease to operate a light manufacturing facility at 84 Westover Road, making Ludlow the company's sixth location in the U.S. "This plant here in Ludlow will service pretty much everything from Maine to Virginia. It's going to be a central hub," said Brian Regnier, Northeast sales director for the Saginaw, Michigan-based company, which makes commercial-grade roofing and related products. Duro-Last received its certificate of occupancy last month and will hold a "soft opening" April 3, according to Regnier, a Ludlow native who now lives in Agawam.

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    10. Return of Play-Doh part of long growth pattern for Hasbro, Cartamundi in East Longmeadow

      Return of Play-Doh part of long growth pattern for Hasbro, Cartamundi in East Longmeadow

      The 20 additional workers Cartamundi plans to hire at its East Longmeadow factory to make Play-Doh will push employment at the 1.2 million square-foot factory to 480. That number, which includes temporary help needed to meet the huge holiday season demand in the toy industry, represents 13.5 percent employment growth since Belgium-based Cartamundi bought the factory from Hasbro in 2015 for $19.4 million. The Cartamundi hiring website lists a number of open positions in East Longmeadow now.

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    11. 20 new jobs coming as Hasbro starts making Play Doh at East Longmeadow Cartamundi factory | masslive.com

      20 new jobs coming as Hasbro starts making Play Doh at East Longmeadow Cartamundi factory | masslive.com

      Play-Doh will soon be manufactured at the Cartamundi plant in East Longmeadow, toymaker Hasbro told the Wall Street Journal.  Hasbro sold the East Longmeadow plant to Cartamundi in 2015, but the 1.2 million square foot plant still manufactures Hasbro board games like Sorry!, Clue, Life, Risk, Monopoly and and Candy Land under contract.

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    12. OMG expands in Agawam, ads heat treating and jobs | masslive.com

      OMG expands in Agawam, ads heat treating and jobs | masslive.com

      Look on the shelves at a hardware store or home center.  If it's a warehouse-type place, also look up at the commercial roof covering the store.  You'll see products from Agawam's OMG Inc. in both places.  The 36-year-old company, originally known as Olympic Manufacturing, makes screws, washer plates, vents, metal edges, adhesives and construction equipment for commercial flat roofs like those over factories and big box retailers. OMG also makes FastenMaster, a line of screws for residential decks that contractors can hide, giving the finished deck a better appearance. OMG sells FastenMaster at lumber yards and hardware ...

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    13. Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      There was a time when a college degree or a high-school diploma was the only ticket a worker needed to enjoy a lifetime of middle-class comfort and security. Those days are long gone, according to Jeremiah Riordan, Springfield Technical Community College's new interim vice president of workforce training, and his colleague Paul Sheehan, director of workforce development. In response, community colleges, including STCC, Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges, along with continuing to offer affordable pathways to a bachelor's degree, are redefining and expanding their roles as vehicles for lifelong learning and, in the process, helping to drive the ...

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    14. Smith & Wesson broadens business with new name, product lines

      Smith & Wesson broadens business with new name, product lines

      Smith & Wesson, one of the world's largest manufacturers of firearms and Springfield's largest manufacturing employer, might have a new name, but the core of the business is what it has always been: making and selling firearms. Smith & Wesson switched its corporate name to American Outdoor Brands in December. The name on the firearms won't change, but the official name of the holding company has. Increasingly Smith & Wesson is relying on assault-type modern sporting rifles for sales as it starts to navigate a firearms marketplace with a Republican in the White House. When Democrats are in power, many ...

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    15. Springfield factory, still under construction, on track to supply nation's rail cars

      Springfield factory, still under construction, on track to supply nation's rail cars

      With 204,000 square feet of space -- that's more than three and a half football fields -- the massive CRRC rail car manufacturing plant nearing completion on Page Boulevard in East Springfield is the largest industrial development the city has seen in generations. And the Chinese executives planning the $95 million facility say they hope to someday build a second and similarly sized plant right next to it if demand for transit, light rail and intercity rail passenger cars in North America is as strong as they expect it to become. Jia Bo, CRRC MA vice president, casually mentioned that ...

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    16. Greentown Labs Springfield office acts as 'matchmaker' between tech and manufacturers

      Greentown Labs Springfield office acts as 'matchmaker' between tech and manufacturers

      Until recently, the researchers in Somerville had no way of knowing the machinists in Westfield exist. That's where Adam Rodrigues, manufacturing fellow for the Greentown Springfield Manufacturing Initiative, comes in. He started the new job Jan. 3. It's part of a one-year pilot program funded by $150,000 in grant money from the Davis Foundation, MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Center for Clean Energy. His job is part of a partnership announced last year between Greentown Labs and the Springfield Technology Park.  His office is in the technology park on Federal St.

       
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    17. Super Bowl LI, Patriots vs. Falcons: Hazen Paper of Holyoke again makes gameday program shine

      Super Bowl LI, Patriots vs. Falcons: Hazen Paper of Holyoke again makes gameday program shine

      Family-owned Hazen once again created the 3-D holographic image of the Vince Lombardi Trophy that graces the cover of the official in-stadium gameday program. In this year's image, the familiar Lombardi Trophy emerges in three dimensions from the roman numerals LI, representing the 51st Super Bowl game. The background is a starry night sky with a blue-green background that only comes out as the program is tilted into the light.

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    18. Valley Venture Mentors Graduates Manufacturing Cohort

      Valley Venture Mentors Graduates Manufacturing Cohort

      This week, Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) celebrated the graduation of participants in its Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerator. The graduation ceremony took place at VVM World Headquarters at Tower Square in front of a crowd of nearly 100 friends, supporters, and members of the political and business communities. The Manufacturing Accelerator delivered intensive and immersive training sessions to seven small precision manufacturers over four months to help them identify new revenue streams and connect them with new industries and customers.

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    19. Massachusetts manufacturers graduate from Valley Venture Mentors accelerator with eye toward being the best in the world

      Massachusetts manufacturers graduate from Valley Venture Mentors accelerator with eye toward being the best in the world

      Showing off products ranging from parts for the Mars Rover to plastic models of the human gallbladder used for training surgeons, seven manufactures from around the Pioneer Valley graduated Monday night from Valley Venture Mentors Manufacturing Accelerator program with clearer paths toward growth. "It's about making our customers happy. It's about keeping the work here. It's about saving it from going overseas," said graduate Susan M. Kasa, president of Boulevard Machine and Gear in Springfield, which has 22 employees. "Sometimes, in the day-to-day running of a business, you take things for granted. We learned to not take ...

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    20. Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $775 million

      Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $775 million

      Stanley Black & Decker added to its portfolio Thursday by buying the venerable Craftsman brand from Sears for for $775 million. In October, Stanley Black & Decker bought Lenox American Saw along with other parts of the the Newell Brands tool division for $1.95 billion in cash. That deal also included Newell's Irwin brand. That deal included the 500,000-square-foot Lenox American Saw factory in East Longmeadow, with its 640 employees. A total of 900 people manufacture and market Lenox saw blades and tools in more than 70 countries.

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    21. Smith & Wesson completes name change to American Outdoor Brands

      Smith & Wesson completes name change to American Outdoor Brands

      Venerable Smith & Wesson completed its transition Tuesday to a new corporate name -- American Outdoor Brands Corporation -- which is more fitting with its diversification strategy. The new name, first announced in November, brings with it a new stock ticker symbol on the Nasdaq exchange: AOBC. The holding company has new website at www.aob.com, but will maintain its smith-wesson.com site as a product site for its the firearms brand, which will remain Smith & Wesson.

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    22. CRRC Springfield plant might do train car maintenance for MBTA, too

      CRRC Springfield plant might do train car maintenance for MBTA, too

      Besides supplying new subway cars for the MBTA, the gargantuan CRRC MA rail car factory nearing completion in East Springfield might get work doing heavy maintenance on cars for the T, according to the state's transportation secretary. The T is digging itself out of a $7 billion differed maintenance hole and has no interest in climbing back down under a pile of breaking equipment anytime soon, Secretary Stephanie Pollack told reporters and editors at The Republican and MassLive during an hour-long meeting Wednesday.

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    23. Employee Satisfaction, Innovation Key to OMG’s Success

      Employee Satisfaction, Innovation Key to OMG’s Success

      Hubert McGovern says people might wonder why a company would choose to manufacture screws in Agawam when they could be made far more inexpensively overseas.  “Twenty years ago, someone asked our board of directors why we hadn’t moved to China,” McGovern, president of OMG Roofing Products, told BusinessWest. “Many manufacturers have moved jobs overseas, and it’s no different in the screw business. But that’s not our story.”

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    24. Crrc Ma Springfield plant has deal to build subway cars for Los Angeles

      Crrc Ma Springfield plant has deal to build subway cars for Los Angeles

      CRRC MA has a deal to manufacture new subway cars for Los Angeles, and the Chinese-owned company plans to do final assembly on those cars at its Springfield plant. On Dec. 2 in Los Angeles, the board of directors of the Metro public transit system in Southern California approved a $178.4 million deal to purchase 64 new subway cars for its Red Line and Purple Line from CRRC. The deal has an option for the Metro to buy 218 more cars.

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