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    1. Paper mill bounces back - Berkshire Eagle Online

      Paper mill bounces back - Berkshire Eagle Online
      Last month, the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development honored Onyx as its top performer for job retention and expansion this year in Western Massachusetts, an award well deserved according to state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli. "I call Onyx a rags-to-riches story," said Pignatelli. Onyx Specialty Papers has bucked a trend in Lee that began three years ago, when MeadWestvaco began the exodus of paper mill jobs from the once mostly blue-collar town.
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    2. Ships deal a go - Berkshire Eagle Online

      Ships deal a go - Berkshire Eagle Online
      General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems expects to add 500 or more jobs at its Pittsfield plant over the next five years to handle a U.S. Navy contract for 10 specialized combat ships. "This is a landmark day for the city of Pittsfield. I could not be happier," Mayor James M. Ruberto told The Eagle on Wednesday. "The city is a beneficiary for having General Dynamics in it." "It's as about as good economic news as we could have wished for, and it's real," said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield.
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    3. Defense, Homeland Security contracts key for many Western Massachusetts businesses, colleges

      Defense, Homeland Security contracts key for many Western Massachusetts businesses, colleges
      Springfield’s Smith & Wesson has had a number of military contracts in recent years, including providing handguns to Air Force police officers and members of Iraq’s army, said Paul J. Pluff, director of marketing services. Smith & Wesson has more than 950 employees in its firearms factory in Roosevelt Avenue.
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    4. Editorial: India, Pratt & Whitney play 'Let's Make a Deal'

      Editorial: India, Pratt & Whitney play 'Let's Make a Deal'
      Although Pratt & Whitney is located in East Hartford, the deal is big economic news for the Springfield area because hundreds of Pratt employees live in Massachusetts. There’s an added bonus, because Pratt affiliate, Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks, manufactures the control systems for those engines. That company also employs a large number of Western Massachusetts residents.
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    5. Asnuntuck Manufacturing Technology Center A Boon To Aerospace Industry

      “It’s literally booming in our area,” said Frank Gulluni, director of the Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield. “Jobs are plentiful at this time for people with this skill set. The people in the aerospace industry will tell you, if the talent pool is there, we have jobs for them.”
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    6. High-end Northampton millworks report business up | masslive.com

      High-end Northampton millworks report business up | masslive.com
      Two of the city’s largest millworks and custom woodshops report that, despite dreary economic indicators for much of the country, their businesses have weathered the past two years and even picked up a bit of steam over the past 10 months. Wright Architectural Millwork and VCA Inc. both say modest hiring may even follow suit.
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    7. Filter made by Chicopee Engineering Associates had role in rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners | masslive.com

      Filter made by Chicopee Engineering Associates had role in rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners | masslive.com
      CHICOPEE – The rock drill that gnawed its way 2,300 feet into the collapsed Chilean mine and made the rescue of 33 trapped miners possible wouldn’t have worked without a part built in Chicopee. “It is a tremendous sense of satisfaction for all of us. And no one knows it’s from Chicopee,” said David P. Pieciak, president of Chicopee Engineering Associates Inc., a maker of industrial filtration equipment, including the oil/air separator on the Schramm drill rigs used in the rescue.
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    8. Doing great by doing good: MicroTek's mission succeeds on all fronts

      Doing great by doing good: MicroTek's mission succeeds on all fronts
      MicroTek faces the same challenges as any other firm including global competition, downward pressure on pricing, the need to create strategic alliances and growing the business. The company is a non-profit so it doesn’t have to deliver a high return on investment. But it does have to survive if the company is to continue its mission.
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    9. Solutia Opens New Photovoltaic Laboratory

      "Demand for renewable energy is growing, and that drives the demand for innovative technologies and materials," comments Aristotelis Karagiannis, vice president of technology, Solutia's Advanced Interlayers division. "With our deep understanding of EVA and PVB technologies, a track record of rapid innovation and our new laboratory, we're in a unique position to develop and deliver high-value solutions for the solar module market."
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    10. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Appoints Willingham as President of ...

      Michael F. Golden, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation President and CEO, said, "Barry Willingham has extensive management experience in the security and construction industries, including strategic planning and product development. He joined us in March as Chief Operating Officer of our Perimeter Security Division and since his arrival we have made significant investments in this business. He has expanded and reorganized the sales force and implemented new business processes and systems designed to prepare us for future growth. During his tenure, our Perimeter Security Division delivered a record level of quarterly revenue. His leadership and industry expertise will position us well ...
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    11. Smith & Wesson Universal Safety Response safety gates prove popular

      Smith & Wesson Universal Safety Response safety gates prove popular
      This summer, Smith & Wesson also installed a Universal Safety Response barrier at its plant and corporate headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue. The gates can be left up or folded down into the pavement, ready to be deployed when a threat presents itself. Once the gate is deployed, sensors gauge the speed and size of the vehicle and adjust the shock absorbers accordingly, Gelfand said. The steel cables that do the stopping are attached to shock absorbers.
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