1. Articles in category: Manufacturing

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    1. Joe Peters Named Recipient of SPE Thermoforming Division’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award

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      Joe Peters Named Recipient of SPE Thermoforming Division’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award

      Joe Peters, CEO of Universal Plastics and Mayfield Plastics, was honored as the recipient of The SPE Thermoforming Division’s Outstanding Achievement Award. The award is presented to individuals who have dedicated their time and money to contribute to the industry through the development of machinery, components, tooling, materials, processes and education. The 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award was presented during the 24th Annual SPE Thermoforming Conference on September 1st in Atlanta, Georgia. “The recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award is a wonderful example of an individual who has dedicated his time to continue to attract young people to ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Chicopee

    2. Mass. manufacturing job loss slows

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      Mass. manufacturing job loss slows

      The number of manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts has declined over each of the past two years, but the loss of jobs is slowing, according to state figures. A 2012 study by the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University projected the state would lose about 2,000 manufacturing jobs annually from 2013 to 2018, for a total of 10,000 fewer jobs. “The commonwealth has been doing better than ... projected,” Mark S. Sternman, a spokesman for MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, said yesterday at an early State House kickoff of October ...

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    3. Greenfield Community College to Celebrate Manufacturing Day Oct. 1

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      Greenfield Community College to Celebrate Manufacturing Day Oct. 1

      In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2015, Greenfield Community College (GCC) will open its doors on Thursday, Oct. 1 between 5 and 7 p.m. to students, parents, and others interested to learn more about manufacturing practices, free training programs, and the outstanding opportunities a career in manufacturing can provide. Manufacturing Day is an annual national event at the local level supported by area manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers, and other community members at open houses, plant tours, and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. The goal is to expand the community’s knowledge ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    4. Argotec LLC of Greenfield sold to manufacturer SWM | masslive.com

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      Argotec LLC of Greenfield sold to manufacturer SWM | masslive.com

      Argotec, a manufacturer of urethane films for everything from electronics to automobiles, has been sold for the second time in two years.  Argotec announced this week that it has been sold to SWM (NYSE: SWM) of Alpharetta, Georgia.  The sales price is $280 million, according to SWM.  Steve Dorst, CFO of Argotec, said he was not free to comment on the sale other than to say it was a positive development for Argotec and its employees.  Richard Barnes and Steven Wolkenbreit founded Argotec in 1988. In 2013, Barnes and Wolkenbreit sold the business to Wind Point Partners, a Chicago-based private ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Easthampton

    5. Springfield City Council to consider tax incentives for new $95 million subway car factory

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      Springfield City Council to consider tax incentives for new $95 million subway car factory

      The City Council will consider approving a special tax incentive agreement with a company planning to build a $95 million subway car factory on Page Boulevard that could save the firm an estimated $10 million in property taxes spread over a 10-year period. The council will consider the proposed 10-year tax increment financing (TIF) agreement at its Monday night meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., at City Hall. The tax incentive is being proposed based in part on the economic development benefits, new jobs, and new taxes the project will generate for Springfield, according to city officials.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy

    6. Gov. Charlie Baker, state, city officials to celebrate groundbreaking of $95 million Chinese subway car factory in Springfield | masslive.com

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      Gov. Charlie Baker, state, city officials to celebrate groundbreaking of $95 million Chinese subway car factory in Springfield | masslive.com

      City and state officials along with an international delegation will descend on East Springfield Thursday, for the groundbreaking of the $95 million CRRC North America subway car factory.  The development is significant for many reasons, including the fact that it will be the third largest building project here in nearly 30 years.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. Smith & Wesson quarterly earnings: Sales up 12.1 percent | masslive.com

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      Smith & Wesson quarterly earnings: Sales up 12.1 percent | masslive.com

      Smith & Wesson reported Thursday that its net sales were up 12.1 percent for its most recent quarter compared with the same time last year.  The corporation issued a news release just after the close of the stock market Thursday, stating:  Sales were $147.8 million for the three months ending July 31. That is up from $131.86 million for the same time period last year.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.

    8. Developing skilled workers priority of Holyoke manufacturing board advising Mayor Alex Morse | masslive.com

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      Developing skilled workers priority of Holyoke manufacturing board advising Mayor Alex Morse | masslive.com

      Ensuring that a pipeline of skilled workers flows to meet manufacturers' needs is the focus of the new chairman of a board that advises the mayor, he said Tuesday (Aug. 25).  'Just as many manufacturing companies have had to adapt to the changing economy, I think we have to take a close look at how industrialists engage with the city, our schools and other community partners to be more proactive in meeting our workforce development needs,' said Steven Grande, president of Meridian Industrial Group here.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Alex Morse

    9. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito lauds small business award-winning Palmer company during visit | masslive.com

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      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito lauds small business award-winning Palmer company during visit | masslive.com

      The seven-employee PTS Truck-Trailer-Construction Equipment Supply company, earned the Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year award for Massachusetts from the SBA this year.  The lieutenant governor, who presented the owners with a citation for their good work, learned that PTS has an inventory of 6,000 items, uses a paper system for billing, purchasing and inventory -- instead of computers -- that all the workers graduated from Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, and that a woman founded the business in 1960.

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      Mentions:   Palmer

    10. CNR MA rail car factory groundbreaking set for Sept. 3 | masslive.com

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      CNR MA rail car factory groundbreaking set for Sept. 3 | masslive.com

      CNR MA, the local arm of CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles, plans to have a ceremonial groundbreaking for its $65-million railroad passenger car factory Thursday, Sept.3.  The 220,000-square-foot factory CNR is building to supply new subway cars to the MBTA.  In fall 2014, CNR Changchun, a unit of the Chinese National Railways, signed a $566 million deal with the the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to design and manufacture 284 Orange and Red Line subway cars. The contract includes the purchase of 152 new Orange Line vehicles and 132 new Red Line cars. The Red line cars date from 1969 ...

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    11. MassDOT chief: Groundbreaking soon on $65M subway car factory in Springfield

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      MassDOT chief: Groundbreaking soon on $65M subway car factory in Springfield

      Expect a groundbreaking soon for the $65 million railroad passenger-car factory Chinese rail giant CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. is planning for East Springfield, said Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts secretary and CEO of the Department of Transportation. Pollack was in Springfield Wednesday mostly to talk about the Interstate 91 project. But she also discusses the 220,000-square-foot factory CNR is building  to supply new subway cars to the MBTA. The T falls under Pollack's jurisdiction.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. Applied Industrial Technologies of Ohio buys Atlantic Fasteners in Agawam | masslive.com

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      Applied Industrial Technologies of Ohio buys Atlantic Fasteners in Agawam | masslive.com

      Publicly-traded Applied Industrial Technologies of Cleveland, Ohio, has purchased Atlantic Fasteners, a wholesale distributor of hardware including screws, bolts, nuts and washers, located in Agawam.  The sale means more opportunity for Atlantic's Agawam site and its 48 employees, said Tony Peterson, president of Atlantic, who will stay on as vice president and general manager after the sale.  'It's very good,' Peterson said. 'They pursued us because of our location. They don't have a distribution center in the Northeast.'

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    13. Applied Industrial Technologies Acquires Atlantic Fasteners

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      Applied Industrial Technologies Acquires Atlantic Fasteners

      Cleveland-based Applied Industrial Technologies announced it has acquired Atlantic Fasteners, a distributor of C-class consumables located in Agawam. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. “Atlantic Fasteners provides the market presence, products, and capabilities to further enhance our applied maintenance supplies and solutions (applied MSSSM) offering to a broad array of industrial customers,” said Neil Schrimsher, president and CEO of Applied. “They are an ideal fit with our business strategy and growth plans.”

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    14. Label them successful: Springfield Label & Tape Co. moves into the future | masslive.com

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      Label them successful: Springfield Label & Tape Co. moves into the future | masslive.com

      For scientists, a spectrophotometer is a piece of laboratory equipment that measures a light beam's intensity in relation to its wavelength.  For Springfield Label & Tape Co., its $15,000 spectrophotometer is the piece of equipment that makes sure that the yellow-and-black labels it makes for hardware giant Stanley Tools, to give on example, always have the same color of yellow and the same color black.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Getting Kids Interested in Manufacturing Careers | Education / Training content from IndustryWeek

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      Getting Kids Interested in Manufacturing Careers | Education / Training content from IndustryWeek

      Read any industry piece on workforce development and the apparent challenges of filling the skills gap, and you’ll see experts stressing the importance of companies—especially in manufacturing and engineering—having hands-on involvement in their local education centers.  The logic behind this strategy is a sound one, suggesting that if companies can reach tomorrow’s workforce at an early age, they can open their minds to the world of advanced manufacturing and inspire them to take an educational path that will lead them to a successful career.

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    16. With plans to employ around 100, Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley

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      With plans to employ around 100, Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley

      The company plans to eventually ramp up production to fabricate more than 500 million envelopes a year and employ close to 100 workers, company officials said at Tuesday's public celebration and tour of the facility. The New York-based firm's Chairman and CEO, Thomas D. O'Connor, Jr., among the bevy of dignitaries and guests, talked about his family roots in the region and discussed why Mohawk chose to locate in South Hadley.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    17. Mohawk Celebrates Grand Opening of Northeast Envelope Converting Center in South Hadley, Massachusetts | Mohawk Connects

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      Mohawk Celebrates Grand Opening of Northeast Envelope Converting Center in South Hadley, Massachusetts | Mohawk Connects

      Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail. Mohawk fine papers and envelopes include the signature brands Mohawk Superfine® and Strathmore®, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell® and i-Tone®. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates and web-based software platforms, which connect designers and printers to new markets.

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    18. Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley Massachusetts - Photo Gallery - masslive.com

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      Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley Massachusetts - Photo Gallery - masslive.com

      Michael Sullivan, South Hadley town manager, left, and Rick Sullivan, right, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, on plant tour of the new Mohawk Paper Co.'s new Northeast Envelope Converting Center in South Hadley, MA July 21, 2015.

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      Mentions:   Rick Sullivan

    19. Northampton City Council grants license for formaldehyde tank to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group

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      Northampton City Council grants license for formaldehyde tank to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group

      The City Council during a special meeting Monday voted to issue a license to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group for a 15,000 gallon formaldehyde tank on Nonotuck Street, on the condition that the tank be inspected annually. Formaldehyde, a hazardous liquid that is both flammable and corrosive, is used to embalm corpses. It is a respiratory irritant and can cause cancer with long exposure. Formaldehyde is essential to the manufacturing of plastic, according to Gary M. Roberts, an inspector with consulting engineers Tighe & Bond.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Tighe & Bond

    20. Knife maker Lamson & Goodnow carves out future in Westfield | masslive.com

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      Knife maker Lamson & Goodnow carves out future in Westfield | masslive.com

      Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co., the nation's oldest cutlery maker having been founded in 1837, is finding a second life in its new home.  Lamson now has 35 employees at its new Westfield factory at 79 Mainline Drive, about two-thirds of them hired since the company moved its operations this past spring from its historic home in the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls to Westfield.  On a recent morning employees grinding, polishing and finishing knives, spatulas and other tools for the kitchen and workplace shared space with electricians and riggers who were installing more of Lamson's equipment.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    21. Hasbro in East Longmeadow: New owners see re-shoring work from China as opportunity for board games | masslive.com

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      Hasbro in East Longmeadow: New owners see re-shoring work from China as opportunity for board games | masslive.com

      Richard K. Sullivan Jr., CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council said this idea of bringing manufacturing work back from China is one that could pay dividends here in the Pioneer Valley, whether it be Cartamundi or someone else.  'It is absolutely something that is happening.That is why you will see the EDC with a real emphasis on manufacturing. I think it is also as important that we as a region highlight a real center of excellence around this.'

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      Mentions:   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Hasbro, Inc.   Rick Sullivan

    22. 2015 Comic-Con: Hasbro unveils new Stars Wars Stormtroopers | masslive.com

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      2015 Comic-Con: Hasbro unveils new Stars Wars Stormtroopers | masslive.com

      Rhode Island-based Hasbro, which has a toy and game factory in East Longmeadow, is rolling out a number of collectibles this weekend at the mammoth Comic-Con international show in San Diego.  The roster includes a 6-inch 'fully articulated' Star Wars The Black Series First Order Stormtrooper action figure in commemorative packaging that won't be available at retail but only at Hasbro's Comic-Con booth, Hasbro said Thursday in a news release. It's Hasbro's first product tied to the new J.J. Abrams-directed 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' film that opens in December.

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    23. 570 to lose jobs as Hallmark greeting card company closes Enfield distribution site | masslive.com

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      570 to lose jobs as Hallmark greeting card company closes Enfield distribution site | masslive.com

      Hallmark, the national greeting card and gift company, will close its Enfield distribution center by the end of June 2016, costing the region 570 jobs.  Hallmark is consolidating its distribution system in Liberty, Missouri, according to a news release issued this week.The company will add 400 jobs in Missouri. When the changes are made, the Liberty facility will have around 1,200 employees. The company is offering to relocate employees to Liberty.

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    24. Prolamina Corp. in Westfield celebrates expansion | masslive.com

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      Prolamina Corp. in Westfield celebrates expansion | masslive.com

      Prolamina Corp. celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for its expanded Westfield operation this week.  The Westfield facility produces flexible packaging solutions from the most basic to the most technologically advanced multi-layer packaging substrate, according to a news release. Westfield's 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility has been in operation for more 30 years.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

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