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    1. OMG Inc. to Host Open House, Job Fair on Oct. 1

      OMG Inc. to Host Open House, Job Fair on Oct. 1

      OMG Inc., a global supplier of specialty fasteners and products for commercial roofing and residential construction applications, will host an open house at its Agawam headquarters on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will include a variety of family-oriented activities as well as a job fair and tours of its state-of-the-art factory. “OMG is a great business and an excellent employer,” said Hubert McGovern, president. “We like to involve the community in our activities whenever possible. We get very positive feedback from our employees when ...

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    2. At 'topping off' ceremony for $95 million Springfield factory, CRRC says it will start hiring workers in October

      At 'topping off' ceremony for $95 million Springfield factory, CRRC says it will start hiring workers in October

      Chinese rail car maker CRRC plans to start hiring production workers for its new subway-car plant here on Page Boulevard in October and start sending them to China for advanced training by February. That's the next step, CRRC officials said, following Thursday's "topping off" ceremony at the $95 million plant in East Springfield. "This first group of workers will come back and help train others," said Bo Jia, vice president of CRRC MA, through a translator. "We are very excited."

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    3. Gov. Baker, CRRC executives to attend 'topping off' of East Springfield train car factory

      Gov. Baker, CRRC executives to attend 'topping off' of East Springfield train car factory

      Gov. Charlie Baker will join executives from rail car maker CRRC MA, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and others Thursday to conduct a "topping off" ceremony for CRRC MA's new $95 million plant in East Springfield. The ceremony is stet to being at noon, according to the governor's office. Also scheduled to speak are: state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, MBTA acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve; CRRC Vice President Yu Weiping and CRRC MA President and Chairman Chuanhe Zhou.

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    4. VVM Manufacturing Accelerator

      VVM Manufacturing Accelerator

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), a nonprofit recognized by the Governor’s office as one of the strongest entrepreneurship programs in the Commonwealth, in partnership with MassDevelopment, the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association, and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, is launching the nation’s first manufacturing accelerator.  

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    5. Meredith-Springfield Associates of Ludlow making 20,000 plastic spheres for Kennedy Center in Washington

      Meredith-Springfield Associates of Ludlow making 20,000 plastic spheres for Kennedy Center in Washington

      Plastics manufacturer Meredith-Springfield Associates of Ludlow is manufacturing 20,000 hollow plastic spheres that will be incorporated into the poured concrete of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington as part of a $100 million expansion set to open in 2018. The spheres, which Meredith-Springfield has manufactured for other architectural projects, are used to create voids within wire cages set into the concrete. This means the structure can be lighter because the spheres displace roughly 30 percent of the structural concrete that would have been used. This means the design can incorporate long spans without the ...

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    6. Smith & Wesson buys laser sight maker Crimson Trace

      Smith & Wesson buys laser sight maker Crimson Trace

      Springfield gunmaker Smith & Wesson announced Tuesday that it has purchased Crimson Trace Corp., an Oregon maker of laser sights and tactical lighting for firearms, for $95 million. Founded 22 years ago to make laser sights for Smith & Wesson competitor Glock pistols, Crimison Trace has long supplied laser sights and gun-mounted flashlights to Smith & Wesson, the Springfield company said in a news release.

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    7. Asnuntuck CC breaks ground for new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center | masslive.com

      Asnuntuck CC breaks ground for new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center | masslive.com

      Asnuntuck Community College ceremonially broke ground last week for its 27,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center building.  The facility will include smart classrooms, along with computer, 3-D printer, CNC machining and metrology laboratories, according to a news release.  The new building, coupled with the existing space, will result in a total of 50,000 square feet of dedicated space for the Advanced Manufacturing Technology department.

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    8. FloDesign Sonics of Wilbraham, which uses sound to filter fluids, looks to expand with $18M in new investments | masslive.com

      FloDesign Sonics of Wilbraham, which uses sound to filter fluids, looks to expand with $18M in new investments | masslive.com

      FloDesign Sonics, the Wilbraham company that uses acoustics and fluid dynamics concepts developed at Western New England University to filter particles from liquids using vibration, has secured $18 million in capital from a recent sale of stock. Company CEO Stanley Kowalski III said the money will help FloDesign take its technology from the testing and experimentation stage to full-on production in the health care and bio science industries. He expects to double the size of FloDesign Sonics' 9,000-square-foot headquarters at 380 Main St. and in the coming months add at least six new staff members soon to a payroll ...

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    9. Smith & Wesson to buy knife maker Taylor Brands for $85M

      Smith & Wesson to buy knife maker Taylor Brands for $85M

      Springfield gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Monday that it will buy its knife-making partner Taylor Brands for $85 million. Founded in 1975 and based in Tennessee, Taylor Brands owns and produces Schrade, Old Timer, Uncle Henry and Imperial branded products. Taylor Brands also manufactures knives and one type of outdoor camp ax under the Smith & Wesson brand name through a licensing agreement. Taylor Brands manufactures its products in China.

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    10. MassDevelopment bond finances Jarvis Surgical expansion in Westfield

      MassDevelopment bond finances Jarvis Surgical expansion in Westfield

      A $2.2 million MassDevelopment bond will help pay for an expansion project at Jarvis Surgical Inc., officials for the state finance and development agency said Wednesday. Jarvis will use the bond proceeds to build a 15,000-square-foot addition at its 53 Airport Road facility, and to buy new manufacturing equipment. The company is also buying 1.9 acres of land next to the property for employee parking, according to a MassDevelopment news release.  

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    11. Steel frame for CRRC Ma subway car factory in East Springfield starts going up Monday

      Steel frame for CRRC Ma subway car factory in East Springfield starts going up Monday

      CRRC also shared photos detailing progress on its $95 million plant. The plan is to begin rail car production at the new plant two years from now in the spring of 2018, with the first production cars completed in January 2019.  The company received a $566 million state contract in 2014 to manufacture 284 subway cars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Boston area's mass transit system. Of those 284, 152 cars are for the Orange Line and 132 for the Red Line. It is expected that it will take five years for CRRC to complete the cars.

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    12. Dean Foods completes purchase of Friendly's ice cream business

      Dean Foods completes purchase of Friendly's ice cream business

      Dean Foods Co. announced Monday it has completed its $155 million purchase of Friendly's ice cream manufacturing and retail distribution business. Dean's purchase of the ice cream manufacturing business was first announced in May.  The deal frees what remains of Friendly's, owned by investors of Sun Capital Partners Inc., to focus on its restaurant business.  Both operations - the ice cream and the restaurants - will continue to have headquarters in Wilbraham.  Dean Foods has a long-term contract to make ice cream for the restaurants. 

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    13. Pilot Program Targets Region’s Manufacturing Sector

      Pilot Program Targets Region’s Manufacturing Sector

      A $320,000 pilot program to be undertaken in conjunction with MassDevelopment (the primary funding agency putting up $200,000), the National Machine Tooling Assoc. (NMTA), the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., and other partners will seek to change many aspects of this equation. It will enable, and essentially force, participating companies to become more willing and able to take some calculated risks.

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    14. Steel Partners recognizes OMG, Inc. for operational excellence | masslive.com

      Steel Partners recognizes OMG, Inc. for operational excellence | masslive.com

      Three kaizen teams from OMG Inc. have been recognized as 2016 Steel PartnersBusiness System Hall of Fame winners. The Steel Partners Business System uses lean principles and tools, including kaizens, to increase sales, improve business processes, and reduce and eliminate waste and variation, according to a news release from OMG.

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    15. Trident Alloys in Springfield has first-of-its kind robot building sand molds for metal casting | masslive.com

      Trident Alloys in Springfield has first-of-its kind robot building sand molds for metal casting | masslive.com

      In modern-day Springfield's North End, a new robot playfully nicknamed by his new owners in Neptune's honor is carrying Trident Alloys Inc. into the future of high-tech manufacturing.  Neptune is a 3-D printer. But instead of printing in plastic like the 3-D printers becoming more popular in industry and academia, Neptune prints in sand, creating the sand molds Trident uses to cast parts in steel and stainless steel.
      A partnership between Trident, Palmer Manufacturing of Ohio, which makes foundry equipment and software, and robotics creator Viridis3D of Woburn, Neptune is the first sand-mold printing robot in the country.

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    16. Series of Key Partnerships Will Help Develop a Rail-car Workforce

      Series of Key Partnerships Will Help Develop a Rail-car Workforce

      When a company from across the globe sets up shop in Springfield, it can’t exactly bring its workforce with it.  “We need 100% new employees,” said Bobby Doyle, senior consultant for CRRC MA USA, the Chinese rail-car manufacturer currently building a $95 million production plant at the former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard. “We can’t transfer people from China here; it wouldn’t work.”  Among the reasons CRRC — formerly CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles — chose Springfield, however, was optimism that the city and region could supply a workforce to support what will become the company’s North American headquarters ...

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    17. Pelican Products Looks to Become a True Household Name

      Pelican Products Looks to Become a True Household Name

      For decades now, the names Pelican and Hardigg (which came together through a merger in 2008) have been well-known in the commercial, government, and public-safety realms, with containers used to ship everything from missile guidance systems to laboratory specimens. Now, the company — and the plant in South Deerfield that has been one of Franklin County’s largest employers for 60 years — is also making coolers, luggage, and cell-phone protectors, taking this brand places it’s never been before.

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    18. Friendly's sells retail ice cream and manufacturing, new owner promises to keep Wilbraham factory | masslive.com

      Friendly's sells retail ice cream and manufacturing, new owner promises to keep Wilbraham factory | masslive.com

      Friendly's Ice Cream announced Monday night that it has sold its retail ice cream and manufacturing business to Dallas, Texas-based Dean Foods Company for $155 million in cash.  Friendly's Ice Cream had $166 million in net sales of ice cream to supermarkets in 2015, Dean Foods said.  Together with its franchisees, Friendly's has system-wide sales of over $500 million, Friendly's said.

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    19. Westfield and Worcester manufacturing students featured at Mfg4 trade show in Hartford | masslive.com

      Westfield and Worcester manufacturing students featured at Mfg4 trade show in Hartford | masslive.com

      Manufacturing vocational students from Westfield Technical Academy and from Worcester Technical Academy will get a chance to show off their skills today when they take a featured role at the mammoth Mfg4 manufacturing trade show.  The Mfg4 show returns this week, Tuesday through Thursday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The show, expected to draw 200 exhibitors, is a sister show to the Eastec manufacturing show at the Eastern States Exhibition Grounds in West Springfield.

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    20. Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

      Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

      The Connecticut chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS CT) honored Tighe & Bond as Employer of the Year during its annual awards dinner on April 14 at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland, Conn. The recognition applauded the firm’s support of WTS, and for providing ongoing opportunities to advance women in their engineering and transportation careers. “It is an honor for our firm to receive this award, and we are thrilled that WTS CT selected us,” said David Pinsky, president and CEO of Tighe & Bond, who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. “Our firm takes recruiting ...

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    21. Easthampton building materials company moving back to Chicopee | masslive.com

      Easthampton building materials company moving back to Chicopee | masslive.com

      The Holden Humphrey Co. started in Chicopee in 1987 and moved to Easthampton in 2006. Monday it announced it is seeking more space and will return to Chicopee, Mayor Richard J. Kos said in a written statement.  Company President and CEO Lance Humphrey signed a long-term lease to rent about half of the building at 77 Champion Drive. He plans to move the company's 40 employees and equipment by September, Kos said.

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    22. As hiring begins, WMass officials tour construction of CRRC MA subway car plant in East Springfield  | masslive.com

      As hiring begins, WMass officials tour construction of CRRC MA subway car plant in East Springfield  | masslive.com

      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.'

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    23. FloDesign Sonics of Wilbraham demonstrates technology at White House Water Summit | masslive.com

      FloDesign Sonics of Wilbraham demonstrates technology at White House Water Summit | masslive.com

      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.

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