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    1. On the Cutting Edge

      On the Cutting Edge
      Thorn manufactures instrumentation and implantable surgical devices for the spine, knee, and hip using state-of-the-art computer numeric-controlled machinery. It also does its own laser marking, using a laser to mark parts for customers, as well as a process called passivation, which cleans instruments and implants with citric acid to remove imperfections in stainless steel or titanium.
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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. The Pentagon's scaling back on military spending could impact Western Massachusetts machine shops

      The Pentagon's scaling back on military spending could impact Western Massachusetts machine shops
      “I don’t have a lot of cold hard facts on this, but I’ve already seen two major impacts in my own business,” said Larry A. Maier, president of Peerless Precision Inc. in Westfield and co-president of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, a trade group with members in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties as well as in northern Connecticut.
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    3. LEGO showcases upgrades to North American headquarters in Enfield

      LEGO showcases upgrades to North American headquarters in Enfield
      The new, cutting-edge space at Enfield will accommodate the growing toy manufacturer’s need for more office space to house an ever-expanding employee base. The new offices include single-story and double-story spaces, some featuring creative, open floor plans and others featuring more traditional spaces. Home to LEGO’s R&D operations, the space puts visitors face-to-face with such colorful fixtures as a 15-foot-long saber toothed tiger crafted from LEGO building bricks, and a LEGO model of Lightning McQueen, the freewheeling racecar of Disney/Pixar’s Cars.
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    4. Hamilton-Sundstrand gets $6.6 million contract for submarine device design work

      Hamilton-Sundstrand gets $6.6 million contract for submarine device design work
      The order was among the Defense Department’s latest contract listings and identifies the Naval Sea Systems Command, in partnership with the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as the contracting agencies. Under terms of the deal, Hamilton will investigate the possibility of using dry materials that can remove carbon dioxide from a submarine’s atmosphere, the listing says.
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    5. Manufacturers seek job applicants

      To address the problem, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) trained 25 Springfield veterans in March 2011, some who were formerly homeless or suffering from addiction, but who were apt and capable of doing technical work. After a two-week basic skills course, they were placed in jobs at Smith and Wesson, where they’ve all been working since. MEP said many more jobs like these exist, but people don’t know about them or have a misguided view on machine shop jobs.
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    6. Hasbro: Boys up, Girls down; Transformers will rock revenue

      Hasbro: Boys up, Girls down; Transformers will rock revenue
      Hasbro Inc. (Nasdaq: HAS) shares rose 1.5 percent, pre-market, Monday, as the Pawtucket, R.I. company reported net earnings up 33 percent on net revenues of $908.5 million for the second quarter of 2011. Some of the boost came from a tax adjustment related to the Ocean State game maker’s move to consolidate 145 Massachusetts jobs, moving about half to Rhode Island and laying off the other half. The firm still employs about 750 at a manufacturing facility in East Longmeadow, Mass. ...
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      Mentions: Hasbro, Inc.
    7. Massachusetts legislators seek new regulations for temporary staffing agencies

      Massachusetts legislators seek new regulations for temporary staffing agencies
      Mary Ellen Scott, owner of United Personnel in downtown Springfield, is worried that a bill on Beacon Hill could damage temporary staffing agencies such as her own. “It’s just not necessary,” said Scott, who started her company in 1984 with her late husband and last year placed 2,600 different people in temporary positions including engineers, clerical and light manufacturing jobs.
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    8. EDC Supports Massachusetts Activities at BIO Convention

      I attended the Biotechnology International Organization (“BIO”) Convention in Washington DC last week. The EDC has been part of the Massachusetts delegation at this convention for a decade.  While there is always some advantage to us to be part of the Massachusetts team, we have cut back on other trade shows where western Mass does not have a significant industry presence. But we retain our participation at BIO for several reasons. First, we still believe in the promise of the Massachusetts Life Science Center (“LSC”). The LSC was created to manage the $1 billion Mass Life Science Initiative, announced by ...
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    9. Many Connecticut manufacturers looking to hire, but worry skilled workers in short supply

      Many Connecticut manufacturers looking to hire, but worry skilled workers in short supply
      “Manufacturers are at a critical juncture,” CBIA Education Foundation Executive Director Judith Resnick said. “They face an exodus of mid- and senior-level employees who will take with them longstanding institutional knowledge and experience. At the same time, many incoming workers do not appear to have critical basic employability skills to replace them.”
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      Mentions: The Republican
    10. West Springfield company has hearing aid innovation

      West Springfield company has hearing aid innovation
      What’s uncommon is that Caldarola is an independent hearing aid fitter who spent five years in the labs at Baystate Hearing Aids in West Springfield and Palmer, the business he owns with one-time Cathedral High School classmate Jeffrey G. Halls, tinkering on a new design. They’ve contracted with a Florida company to manufacture the devices, which they fit and sell.
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    11. Western Mass Companies Exhibit at Medical Device Conference

      Western Mass Companies Exhibit at Medical Device Conference
       Last week, the EDC coordinated a pavilion for ten companies from the four western counties at the Medical Design and Manufacturing (“MD&M”) conference in New York, the largest medical device trade show on the east coast. This is the second year that we have worked with our colleagues at Western Mass Electric Company/Northeast Utilities and the Precision Manufacturing Regional Alliance Project (“PMRAP”) to host companies at this show.
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    12. Connecticut Center of Advanced Technology looks to build manufacturing ties in region

      In addition to conducting projects for manufacturers to solve production problems and improve operating efficiency, the center plans to host workshops “to transfer knowledge and keep manufacturers apprised of new technologies and best practices,” center President and CEO Elliot A. Ginsberg said.
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    13. An Accurate Gauge

      An Accurate Gauge
      More than 200 companies put their products and processes on display at the annual EASTEC show last month at the Big E. There were many local exhibitors, and most had something to say about the state of this sector and the challenges facing it. They relayed stories of relative health and vitality, but also concerns, especially about the daunting task of securing enough talented workers to keep the machines humming.
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    14. Brushes with Fame

      Brushes with Fame
      Mark Borsari didn’t have a number handy to quantity just how large the ‘twisted wire brush’ market is — so he qualified matters instead. “It’s big … much bigger than most people would think, certainly — twisted wire brushes are used everywhere,” said Borsari, president of Palmer-based Sanderson-MacLeod, which has made a name for itself in this somewhat obscure, yet intriguing corner of the manufacturing sector.
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    15. Editorial: Could manufacturing be king here again?

      Editorial: Could manufacturing be king here again?
      Geographically, Springfield-Holyoke has a competitive advantage over the Sun Belt in shipping to the Northeast’s mega-markets. Also, it already hosts a cadre of growing companies which manufacture high-end precision products with high-skilled and high-paid workers. Furthermore, those companies are supported by an excellent infrastructure that also could serve mass manufacturers that need low labor costs to be competitive.
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    16. General Dynamics exceeds Mass. hiring goals - Mass High Tech Business News

      General Dynamics exceeds Mass. hiring goals - Mass High Tech Business News
      General Dynamics currently employs 1,100 in Pittsfield, according to the announcement from Patrick’s office. More than half of the new employees have been hired from inside Berkshire County, with the other half split between Massachusetts and outside of Massachusetts, General Dynamics said in the announcement.
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