Dr. Ira Rubenzahl Learning Laboratory
President, Springfield Technical Community College
2004 - 2016
Dr. Ira Rubenzahl Learning Laboratory
President, Springfield Technical Community College
2004 - 2016
Dianguo Cui, chairman of CRRC, a company based in China and the world's largest rail car maker, received a warm welcome on his first visit to Springfield on Thursday to tour the site of a planned $95 million factory. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who was among city and CRRC officials touring the 40-acre former Westinghouse property in East Springfield, told Cui through an interpreter that the city wishes him and his company continued success as 'continued success for you is continued success for us.'
FloDesign Sonics, a Wilbraham company that hopes to use sound waves as a filter, got to show off its technology at the White House Water Summit last month. Jason Dionne the founding engineer at the company, was able to demonstrate FloDesign's technology to U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and others, according to a prepared statement issued by Western New England University.
U.S. Tsubaki is planning to expand its manufacturing plant by more than a third, add a new product line and create about 35 new jobs. Mayor Richard J. Kos, Dan Butterfield, president of U.S. Tsubaki Auto LLC and City Council President John L. Vieau gathered in Chicopee City Hall Wednesday morning to announce the company's plans to build an about 100,000 square-foot addition to the plant of 106 Lonczak Drive . It will invest about $11.5 million initially and more than $20 million over five to seven years in the expansion.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts presented Tighe & Bond and Borrego Solar Systems with a Silver Award for the 3.5-megawatt North Adams E Street solar photovoltaic (PV) system during its 2016 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala. Held on March 16 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, this annual competition and event recognizes recent engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of merit, ingenuity, complexity, and client satisfaction.
CRRC MA USA , the Chinese rail car manufacturer with a contact to build subway cars for the MBTA, has begun hiring for its factory and North American headquarters now under construction at the former Westinghouse site in East Springfield. CRRC MA is running ads online now through staffing company United Personnel in Springfield for two executives. One ad is for a director of manufacturing with at least 10 years of management experience. The successful candidate must be willing to make frequent trips to China and knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese language is preferred but not required.
Aegis Energy employs 65 people and the expansion will add 30 to 100 new jobs.
Mayor Alex B. Morse said innovation of companies Aegis Energy Services is what is coming to define Holyoke. 'I can't say enough about how significant this project is for the city of Holyoke,' Morse said. The Aegis Energy $7 million investment will consist of rehabilitation of one of the Parsons Paper buildings and installation of machinery and a solar-panel array to produce energy, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development. 'We put a lot of energy and ...
Chinese rail car maker CRRC MA USA is planning to ramp up plans for its $95 million factory at the former Westinghouse site in East Springfield, including efforts to partner with area institutions to develop a workforce. Senior Consultant Bobby Doyle said CRRC MA has already identified the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield as key partners.
The Easthampton Planning Board has approved the company's application to take over 412 Main St., former home of Argotec Stevens LLC, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Yankee Hill moved to its current building at 20 Ladd Ave. in the 1960s, the Gazette reports. The firm was founded in 1951 in Haydenville. Yankee Hill co-owner Kevin Graham told the Gazette that the company had outgrown the old Florence mill building that was constructed in the 1860s. Sales have spiked 'tremendously' in recent years, he said.
The parent company of U.S. Tsubaki Automotive LLC. is expanding a product line in North America and is planning to add onto one of its plants in either Chicopee, Tennessee or Guanajuato, Mexico. If the Chicopee plant is selected, the company will build an addition to its facility on 106 Lonczak Drive and add about 35 employees to its current 348-person staff. The company, which makes automotive timing chains and timing chain systems for most major manufacturers, would invest about $11.5 million between construction and adding new equipment.
At the close of trading Wednesday, Smith & Wesson stock, SWHC on the NASDAQ, traded at $25.28 a share, down 47 cents or 1.83 percent on the day. The stock's high for the most recent 12 months was $25.86 recorded Jan. 7. Also on Wednesday, Smith & Wesson and defense giant General Dynamics announced that Smith & Wesson has awarded General Dynamics ordnance and tactical systems contract a multi-year agreement to produce hammer forged, military grade gun barrels. These barrels produced under this contract will be used in Smith & Wesson's M&P pistol which both companies have entered ...
Students from Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, Mass., learned about plastics and thermoforming thanks to a Feb. 29 visit from the SPE Plastivan. Universal Plastics Corp., a Holyoke-based custom thermoformer, sponsored the event along with the Western New England Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers. “Many students today still think of manufacturing as dark and dirty factories and not high tech environments offering excellent jobs and wages,” said Joe Peters, CEO of Universal Plastics.
Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced $9.3 million in workforce skills equipment grants to 35 high schools, community colleges, and vocational training providers across the Commonwealth for vocational-technical education and training equipment purchases that connect Massachusetts students and residents to economic opportunities in high-demand industries. “Workforce skills education and training plays an enormous role in economic and personal development by helping residents acquire the skills they need to connect with promising careers,” Baker said. “These vocational-technical education equipment grants will help build stronger communities and a more competitive business environment that ensures more residents have the ...
Engineers in at the UTC Aerospace Systems Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory in Windsor Locks can make that part for a commercial power generation station in three weeks using additive manufacturing, a 3-D printer that works in metals like titanium and nickel alloys instead of plastic. 'And, by not machining all the parts, we can save all this waste,' said Diana Giulietti, materials research and development engineer, gesturing to a giant jar of curly metal waste shavings.
Manufacturers across Western Massachusetts cite a lack of available workers with the education and work ethic required to succeed as one of the biggest barriers to success. And frustratingly, these same manufacturers and the vocational educators looking to help them find barriers themselves when they try and sell a middle school student on a high school vocational program or get a teen working on a shop floor. 'Work force development is an issue. It continues to be a giant issue,' said Joseph Peters, CEO of Universal Plastics in Holyoke and in Sutton. 'We need people with mechanical aptitude.'
Steven L. Graham of Longmeadow has purchased Modern Mold and Tool, Inc, based in Pittsfield, according to a news release issued by Graham this week. Modern Mold and Tool Inc. is an American manufacturing company founded in 1950 in Pittsfield. The company specializes in design engineering, complex mold manufacturing and injection molding across multiple industries including medical, aerospace, national defense and automotive.
Western Massachusetts civic and business leaders must work together to maintain and grow the area's 'sterling reputation' as a leader in advanced manufacturing, emphasizes Eric D. Hagopian, the president and CEO of the Massachusetts Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing. Hagopian leads the organization that was formed to introduce new and developing technology to companies and their associates in an effort to ensure area businesses are operating with the latest tools to remain competitive in the marketplace.
One of the city's largest private employers is considering an about $11.5 million expansion that could add 35 new manufacturing jobs to the region. US Tsubaki Automotive LLC, which makes automotive timing chains and timing chain systems for most major manufactures including Honda, General Motors, Toyota and Ford, is considering adding a new product line to its facility on 106 Lonczak Drive.
Manufacturing, despite challenges, is growing in Massachusetts
Join AIM, MassMEP and the EDC of Western Mass for an examination of strategies for growing a manufacturing business in Massachusetts. We'll identify best practices, discuss business resources, and share recommendations from a study conducted last year by RTI International on the Berkshire, Hamden, Hampshire & Franklin Counties' manufacturing sector, and more.
The CRRC plant will manufacture 284 subway cars for the MBTA, Boston's mass transit system – 152 for the Orange Line and 132 for the Red Line. First delivery of the Orange cars is expected in March 2018 and production, at least on this contract, is expected to last five years. Doyle spoke Tuesday at the beginning of three days of meetings between CRRC executives and possible suppliers of everything CRRC MA will need to build both the plant and the rail cars. The procurement list runs from security guards to electronics cabinets to handrails for the passenger compartment.
The region's precision machine shops and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County plan to reach out to middle schoolers in Holyoke -- especially girls -- and get them fired up about a potential future in high-tech manufacturing. 'We think there are great opportunities in manufacturing for young women,' said David M. Cruise, president and CEO of the Regional Employment Board. The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and the Western MA Chapter – National Tooling & Machining Association received a $8,393 grant this past week from MassDevelopment, a quasi-public economic development agency.
Local private equity firm Longmeadow Capital Partners has purchased venerable knife maker Lamson & Goodnow out of bankruptcy giving Lamson management hope that they'll have access to enough capital to grow the business at its new factory here. Lamson plans to keep its factory store in Shelburne Falls and open a new one in the coming months adjacent to its new factory at 79 Mainline Drive in Westfield, president and CEO James C. Pelletier said Wednesday. Lamson moved into 79 Mainline Drive in the summer of 2015.
The parent company of Savage Arms in Westfield, known as Vista Outdoors, might be an acquisition target of Smith & Wesson, according to speculation in a story published by The Wall Street Journal. Buying Vista would bring Smith & Wesson a lot more than Savage. Vista is the largest manufacturer of ammunition by sales with brands like Federal Premium, Stinger and Estate Cartridge. It also now owns Jimmy Stykes paddleboards, CamleBack hydration backpacks and Champion-brand clay pigeons and other targets.
Jeff Glaze thought the second-generation manufacturing company he led in Westfield would survive a lot longer than it did, “but the rules changed.” It’s a story with a happy ending, however — not that it’s anywhere close to ending. Instead, EpiCenter, the business-consulting company that emerged four years ago from his previous enterprise, is growing by some 20% per year, boasting a national and international reach. “We were a contract manufacturer of metal nameplates, labels, and signs; 80% of our business was making nameplates for companies,” Glaze said of a family business called Decorated Products that his father launched ...