1. Articles in category: Manufacturing

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    1. Eastec manufacturing trade show returns to Big E in May | masslive

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      Eastec manufacturing trade show returns to Big E in May | masslive

      The Eastec manufacturing trade show, with its exhibits of massive machine tools capable of shaping parts to tolerances smaller than a human hair, returns to the Big E next month after a two-year absence.  Eastec runs from May 12-14 at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield. Registration is $25 before May 7 and $50 after May 8.  'Eastec is the show that brings new engineering and ideas and processes together,' said Kim Farrugia, a senior event manager with Eastec organizers SME, formerly the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    2. Smith & Wesson ups sales projections, says orders stronger than anticipated | masslive

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      Smith & Wesson ups sales projections, says orders stronger than anticipated | masslive

      Smith & Wesson said it expects net sales of between $175 million and $179 million and earnings per share from continuing operations of between 34 cents and 36 cents for its current quarter, which ends April 30.  Smith & Wesson has 1,475 full-time employees, mostly at its massive gun factory and headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield. The company was founded in 1852 by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson and has long been a staple employer in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    3. MBTA car builder CNR Changchun buys Springfield site for $12 million; factory construction timetable set | masslive

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      MBTA car builder CNR Changchun buys Springfield site for $12 million; factory construction timetable set | masslive

      Railroad car builder CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles has purchased the 40-acre site on Page Boulevard where it will build new subway cars for the MBTA.  The purchase price was $12 million, and CNR expects to begin construction of its $60 million railroad car factory in the spring of 2016.  The new factory, which will require a staff of about 150 employees, is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018 and start production of new Red Line and Orange Line cars for the MBTA in January 2019, said Lydia M. Rivera, a spokeswoman for CNR Changchun and its CNR ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy   MGM Resorts International

    4. Taking steps to close the skills gap in Western Mass.: Guest viewpoint

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      Taking steps to close the skills gap in Western Mass.: Guest viewpoint

      The Pioneer Valley has been a manufacturing hub for over two centuries, starting with the Springfield Armory. But our region is at risk of losing its competitive edge because of difficulty attracting, developing, and retaining a high-quality workforce. The precision manufacturing industry, which makes components for things like jet engines, semiconductors and electronics, is flourishing here in Western Mass., representing more than half of all manufacturing jobs in Hampden and Hampshire Counties.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Armory   Springfield   Chicopee

    5. New England's new Industrial Revolution: Report promotes thousands of precision manufacturing jobs | masslive

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      New England's new Industrial Revolution: Report promotes thousands of precision manufacturing jobs | masslive

      Advanced manufacturing – the skill-heavy process of making high-tech components for aerospace and defense, medical devices and biotechnology and semiconductors and electronics – is growing fast in New England, and could grow faster if there were more trained workers, according to a new report released Wednesday.  There were 18,000 unfilled advanced manufacturing jobs in New England in 2011 and 2012, according to 'Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England's Manufacturing Revolution' a report from the New England Council, a regional business group, and consultants Deloitte.

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   West Springfield   Springfield

    6. Knifemaker Lamson & Goodnow plans move to Westfield; Shelburne Falls site sold | masslive

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      Knifemaker Lamson & Goodnow plans move to Westfield; Shelburne Falls site sold | masslive

      Lamson & Goodnow, which bills itself as the nation's oldest maker of cutlery, plans to move into the former Westfield River Brewery space at 79 Mainline Drive sometime next month.  The new Lamson & Goodnow facility will include 10,000-square-feet retail space featuring the company's lines of high-quality knives, kitchen tools and gardening tools, said Westfield city advancement officer Joe Mitchell.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    7. Wilbraham's FloDesign Sonics makes major medical breakthroughs using sound waves | masslive

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      Wilbraham's FloDesign Sonics makes major medical breakthroughs using sound waves | masslive

      FloDesign Sonics, which touts itself as the 'filterless filter company,' launched in 2012 and has obtained lucrative contracts to invent acoustic technology with important real-life applications, many of which are medical. The company has developed a new way to use sound waves to isolate and remove particles from a fluid, which can clean the surrounding material or allow for the study of anomalous masses, among other possibilities.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Western New England University   Springfield

    8. Absorbine maker W.F. Young buys Leather Therapy line of leather care products | masslive

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      Absorbine maker W.F. Young buys Leather Therapy line of leather care products | masslive

      W. F. Young Inc., famous for its Absorbine line of animal care products, has purchased Leather Therapy, a line of leather cleaning and conditioning products.
      The connection is horses. Absorbine started off as a horse liniment and continues today in the equine industry. Much of Leather Therapy's business is with people who need to maintain and refinish horse tack, saddles and the like. Virginia-based Leather Therapy also markets its products for use on car interiors and motorcycle accessories, on clothing and on furniture.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    9. NAWB SELECTS 2015 NATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

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      NAWB SELECTS 2015 NATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
      For Immediate Release
      2/11/2015
      Contact: Josh Copus (202) 857-7900
       
      NAWB SELECTS 2015 NATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
      Awards Honor Excellence in Workforce Investment Board Innovations, Business Leadership
       

      Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), the membership organization and advocate for more than 550 workforce investment boards (WIBs) nationwide and their network of America's Job Centers, has announced the 2015 winners of their annual WIB Excellence Award and W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    10. MassMep graduates skilled manufacturers as part of the Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification | masslive

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      MassMep graduates skilled manufacturers as part of the Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification | masslive

      MassMEP has graduated a new class in Advanced CNC Skills, part of the Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification.  The graduation was the eighth area training funded by the Massachusetts More Skilled Workers Program. Eleven graduates spent eight weeks in an intensive curriculum of classroom and hands-on work to prepare for jobs as CNC (computer numerical control) operators. Representative John Fernandes presented each graduate with a citation from the Commonwealth recognizing the importance of the course and their dedication to improving their skills. Advanced CNC Skills training, designed by MassMEP to meet the demands of Massachusetts manufacturers, has graduated over 675 ...

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    11. Grounds for Optimism

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      Grounds for Optimism

      The conference room in the Chemex manufacturing and distribution facility in Chicopee isn’t really serving the company in that capacity at this time — well, not only in that capacity, to be more precise.  Instead, while renovations continue at the plant on Veterans Drive, which the company moved into last summer, it is also acting as both storage area and museum of sorts, with all manner of material related to the famous Chemex coffeemaker — assembled on that site — and its inventor, Peter Schlumbohm.  “He was kind of a mad scientist — he had lots of inventions and lots of ideas,” Eliza ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    12. Asnuntuck Community College cuts ribbon on $2.7 million welding and fabrication center | masslive

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      Asnuntuck Community College cuts ribbon on $2.7 million welding and fabrication center | masslive

      Asnuntuck Community College held a ribbon cutting Feb. 24 for its $2.7 million Welding and Fabrication Center.  Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke at the ceremony and received a gift of the state seal created by students.  The new 5,400-square-foot Welding and Fabrication Cent will accommodate up to 80 students each day. The facility is equipped with the latest technology, safety and emissions systems.

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      Mentions:   The Republican   Dannel Malloy

    13. Sound Business Practices

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      Sound Business Practices

      Stanley Kowalski III says filters will soon become obsolete.  “They will never be needed in anything again — during manufacturing, in automobiles, airplanes, furnaces, faucets — anything you can possibly think of,” Kowalski, chairman of the board at Wilbraham-based FloDesign Inc., told BusinessWest, adding that he and his team at FloDesign Sonics, a spinoff venture, are developing technology that will use sound waves for that work.

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      Mentions:   FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp.

    14. Gun Valley: New Coltsville National Historic Park in Hartford to partner with Springfield Armory

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      Gun Valley: New Coltsville National Historic Park in Hartford to partner with Springfield Armory

      In March, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that it will cost $9 million to develop the park over five years from 2015 to 2019, with work including restoring and developing sites and completing a management plan. Form there, the Congressional Budget Office estimates less than $1 million a year in operating costs

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    15. EASTEC Coming to Big E May 12-14

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      EASTEC Coming to Big E May 12-14

      EASTEC is recommended for professionals in industries such as aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, commercial machinery, electronics, fabricating, and plastics. The event is nearly sold out, so SME encourages companies to reserve exhibit space before it’s too late. To learn more about EASTEC, view full conference and exhibit details, or register, visit easteconline.com.

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    16. Smith & Wesson earnings: What's Wall Street saying on eve of Springfield gun manufacturer's earnings report? | masslive

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      Smith & Wesson earnings: What's Wall Street saying on eve of Springfield gun manufacturer's earnings report? | masslive

      Smith & Wesson will report earnings for the third quarter of its fiscal year on Tuesday, following the close of the stock market.  In December, Smith & Wesson reported that the market for firearms was still adjusting back to a new normal following the panic-buying in 2012 and 2013. Buyers were afraid that states and the federal government would pass tighter gun regulations in the wake of mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater and at the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, elementary school

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      Mentions:   General Dynamics   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    17. FloDesign Sonics Adds Michael Harsh to Board of Directors

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      FloDesign Sonics Adds Michael Harsh to Board of Directors

      FloDesign Sonics is currently commercializing its first products — a system to separate and clarify cell culture used in the manufacturing of protein-therapeutic drugs. FloDesign Sonics closed a $10 million Series A round in March 2014. It has also been awarded multiple grants from both the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health totaling more than $2 million. It has used the proceeds to perform more than 100 trials with leading biopharmaceutical companies while building six prototypes.

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    18. MBTA car factory prep continues in Springfield as Boston winter woes underscore need for new cars | masslive

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      MBTA car factory prep continues in Springfield as Boston winter woes underscore need for new cars | masslive

      CNR Changchun, a unit of the Chinese national railways, entered into a $566.6 million agreement in October with the state and the MBTA to build 284 Red and Orange line subway cars for the T. The cars will be built at a new $60 million, 150,000-square-foot factory at the site of a former Westinghouse plant on Page Boulevard in East Springfield. It'll do business here as CNR MA.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy

    19. Westfield Vocational Technical High School instructor Jayme Coggin featured on SME manufacturing website | masslive

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      Westfield Vocational Technical High School instructor Jayme Coggin featured on SME manufacturing website | masslive

      A Cleveland-based manufacturing association is highlighting Jayme Coggin, an instructor at and alumnus of Westfield Vocational Technical High School, as part of a national campaign highlighting modern manufacturing built around the Twitter hashtag #mfgis.  'Anything to get our program out into he public more,' Coggin told The Republican and MassLive.com Wednesday. 'It had nothing to do with myself. It's to help promote awareness of manufacturing.'

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    20. HCC, STCC Offer Manufacturing Production Technician Training Program

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      Holyoke Community College, in collaboration with Springfield Technical Community College, is offering a free manufacturing production technician training program beginning Monday, March 16.  The 10-week, accelerated manufacturing training program is being offered through Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a joint effort between HCC and STCC, with support from Massachusetts Community Colleges and the Workforce Development Transformation Agenda, which is funded through a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    21. Difference Makers: The Class of 2015 | BusinessWest

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      Difference Makers: The Class of 2015 | BusinessWest

      While each of the first six classes of Difference Makers was diverse, and effectively showed just how many groups and individuals are worthy of that phrase, the group being honored this year probably sets a new standard.  It includes the region’s only Fortune 100 company, three nonprofit agencies — one committed to fostering and nurturing entrepreneurship, another focused on improving quality of life in Greater Springfield through a host of family-centered events, and the third created to raise funds for childhood cancer facilities in the name of a spirited 11-year-old who succumbed to the disease — and an assembled team of ...

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    22. Outlook 2015: VSS in Greenfield helps develop needed workforce | masslive

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      Outlook 2015: VSS in Greenfield helps develop needed workforce | masslive

      As the president and owner of VSS Inc. in Greenfield, Steven K. Capshaw used to face the chronic problem of having jobs he could not fill because of a lack of skilled workers.  The precision machine shop specializes in complex Computer Numerical Control machined components, and it requires up-to-date equipment and skilled employees to compete for contracts for components for use in such industries as aerospace, firearms, oil and gas energy services, military surveillance and radar and power generation.  Today, thanks to modernized machine technology programs in vocational and technical schools, “we see the light at the end of the ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    23. Machine tech program starts in fall to answer demand for skilled workers in WMass

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      Machine tech program starts in fall to answer demand for skilled workers in WMass

      The Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, reacting to industry demand for skilled workers, is adding a machine technology program starting in fall 2015. "This is something our member school districts have been asking for," said Principal Donald Jarvis. "They see the demand from their students."

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   West Springfield   Springfield

    24. Argotec plans $20 million expansion, 50-job addition at Greenfield facility

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      Argotec plans $20 million expansion, 50-job addition at Greenfield facility

      Argotec, a manufacturer of plastic film sheets for everything from waterproof clothing to bullet-resistant glass and smartphone screens, is planning a $20 million expansion in Greenfield that would see it add 50 jobs over the next 10 years. The expansion is detailed in paperwork submitted for state and local tax breaks. The inducement is expected to go before the Greenfield City Council soon and before a state review panel in March.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

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