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    1. Worthington Assembly Inc. Receives Manufacturing Leadership Award

      Worthington Assembly Inc. Receives Manufacturing Leadership Award

      On Friday, Sept. 30, state Sen. Jo Comerford and state Rep. Natalie Blais will celebrate Worthington Assembly Inc. (WAi) in Deerfield for its outstanding leadership in the manufacturing industry. Comerford and Blais nominated WAi for the Massachusetts Legislative Manufacturing Caucus’ annual Manufacturing Award. Originally founded in 1976, WAi is an electronics contract manufacturing company specializing in producing printed circuit-board assemblies and small final box build assemblies. WAi services and produces assemblies for clean technologies, additive manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, high-speed communication, the medical field, and advanced robotic manufacturers.

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    2. Boulevard Machines in Westfield hosts open house, car show at new facility

      Boulevard Machines in Westfield hosts open house, car show at new facility

      A local business showed off their new facility in a unique way, hosting a car show Thursday evening. The Boulevard Machine partnered with the western Massachusetts Chapter of NTMA to announce an Open House and Car Show. Boulevard Machine is a woman owned business that provides precision machined components. 22News spoke to President and CEO Susan Kasa about the big changes, “For us it was a good fit for employees, as well as for us to be closer to the Mass Pike, close to the highway, close to all of our finishing suppliers and knowing were in the hub of ...

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    3. Manufacturing Industry Anticipates Growth Despite Recent Turbulence

      Manufacturing Industry Anticipates Growth Despite Recent Turbulence

      The manufacturing tech industry is building back fast, undeterred by significant labor and supply-chain challenges. To maintain this momentum, manufacturers should navigate elevated risks while advancing sustainability priorities. That’s the takeaway, at any rate, from a recent Deloitte report exploring five manufacturing industry trends that can help organizations turn risks into advantages and capture growth.

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    4. HCC free manufacturing training begins

      HCC free manufacturing training begins

      An entry-level program in manufacturing is being offered at Holyoke Community College for free. Developed in collaboration with local businesses, the program will lead to employment in the Holyoke area’s manufacturing sector. The classes are designed for students who are already employed by area companies or are seeking entry-level positions in the industry. A $50,000 line item in the state budget helped secure the program’s launch thanks to state representative Pat Duffy of Holyoke.

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    5. New England Business Associates to Host Community Job Fair

      New England Business Associates to Host Community Job Fair

      New England Business Associates (NEBA) will host a community job fair in partnership with the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership on Friday, March 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 66 Industry Avenue, Suite 11, Springfield. The Hampden County area is home to more than 150 manufacturing companies, many of which are looking for hardworking talent willing to turn this opportunity into a career. Boasting a need for nearly 2,000 employees in the local area, manufacturing frequently offers entry-level workers above minimum-wage pay for full-time, benefited positions. This Learn to Earn job fair is exclusively for those looking for ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    6. Massachusetts adds thousands of manufacturing jobs in 2021

      Massachusetts adds thousands of manufacturing jobs in 2021

      The most recent data from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Massachusetts gained 11,600 manufacturing jobs in 2021. According to the report, companies across the country are investing in manufacturing. Intel is planning to spend $20-million for a semiconductor manufacturing facility to reduce the country’s dependence on China and other countries for the electronic chips that go into thousands of consumer items, including motor vehicles. Auto makers are working to expand the production of electric cars, and Boeing and GE Aviation are planning to build advanced freighters.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    7. Neal Announces That Massachusetts Gained 11,600 Manufacturing Jobs in 2021

      Neal Announces That Massachusetts Gained 11,600 Manufacturing Jobs in 2021

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, announced Massachusetts added 11,600 manufacturing jobs last year, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Through his work successfully advocating for the passage of the American Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Neal said he is committed to helping local manufacturers create and restore jobs. The House also recently passed the America COMPETES Act, which includes important provisions from the Ways and Means Committee that will help Massachusetts create even more jobs, strengthen its supply chains, and encourage ...

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    8. Local Manufacturers Still Grappling with Supply, Workforce Issues

      Local Manufacturers Still Grappling with Supply, Workforce Issues

      In manufacturing, as in many industries, the story of the past year has been one of shortages and high costs — shortages of both materials and workers, and rising costs of supplies and wages as a direct result of those trends. As this story and the one on page 39 make clear, the problem isn’t demand for manufactured products, but meeting that demand at a time of global disruption. Yet, for many companies, this may turn out to be a time of innovation, too.

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    9. Belt Technologies Recognized at Sixth Annual Manufacturing Awards Ceremony

      Belt Technologies Recognized at Sixth Annual Manufacturing Awards Ceremony

      Belt Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of custom metal belt conveyor solutions for more than 50 years, was honored at the sixth annual Manufacturing Awards Ceremony hosted by the Massachusetts Legislative Manufacturing Caucus at the Massachusetts Manufacturing Mash-Up event. More than 600 people attended the event, which was organized by Mass Tech Collaborative and held at Polar Park in Worcester on Sept. 28.

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    10. Food processing company in Greenfield receives Manufacturer of the Year award

      Food processing company in Greenfield receives Manufacturer of the Year award

      A food processing company in Greenfield is being recognized as the Manufacturer of the Year in the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester senate district. Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center (FPC) located on Wells Street in Greenfield was nominated to receive this award by Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton) through the Commonwealth’s Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. The 6th annual manufacturing awards ceremony is scheduled at Polar Park in Worcester on Tuesday.

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    11. Meredith-Springfield Associates Breaks Ground on Expansion Project

      Meredith-Springfield Associates Breaks Ground on Expansion Project

      Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., a plastics manufacturer specializing in bottles and hollow technical articles manufactured through extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding, recently broke ground on an expansion in Ludlow. The project will add 5,000 square feet of light manufacturing space, 12,000 square feet of warehouse space, and three new loading docks in a 1,000-square-foot addition, bringing the total facility to 83,000 square feet. The larger footprint makes way for six top-of-the-line machines that will help to automate production and increase capacity.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    12. MachineMetrics Announces $20 Million Series B Funding Round

      MachineMetrics Announces $20 Million Series B Funding Round

      MachineMetrics, an industrial data startup that elevates manufacturing performance through autonomous machining, announced it has raised $20 million in Series B financing. The company will use the funding to scale its platform globally and democratize access to the machine insights that power manufacturing operations. “Manufacturing is on the brink of a digital renaissance. The intersection of software, big data, and physical machinery is the next frontier for manufacturing and a proven solution for overcoming the production and labor shortages we are experiencing right now,” said Bill Bither, co-founder and CEO of MachineMetrics. “Today’s industrial machines are inefficient because they ...

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    13. Nicholas Amanti

      Nicholas Amanti

      Nick Amanti grew up in a family business where he learned life lessons he still follows. For 60 years, his family has owned Advance Manufacturing, which provides precision-manufactured parts for a number of industries. Amanti was taught to treat the people who work for Advance like family. Though his career is outside the company, Amanti provides legal services for many different business owners and feels a true connection with them.

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    14. BETE Fog Nozzle Earns 2021 Workforce Leader Award from MassHire

      BETE Fog Nozzle Earns 2021 Workforce Leader Award from MassHire

      The MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board awarded BETE Fog Nozzle its 2021 Workforce Leader Award, honoring the company’s contributions to workforce well-being, workplace, and public safety during the pandemic. BETE Fog Nozzle is a fourth-generation, family-owned company founded and based in Greenfield that designs and manufactures tens of thousands of spray-process solutions for applications in “deep sea, deep space, and everywhere in between,” according to the company website. BETE now employs more than 180 people at its Greenfield facility, designing, casting, and machining spray nozzles.

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    15. House Earmarks $50,000 for New Manufacturing Program at HCC

      House Earmarks $50,000 for New Manufacturing Program at HCC

      State Rep. Patricia Duffy announced that $50,000 has been earmarked in the House fiscal-year 2022 budget to seed the development and implementation of a new Manufacturing Training Program at Holyoke Community College (HCC). “Holyoke employers need a trained workforce, and Holyoke constituents need career-track jobs,” Duffy said. “I’m thrilled to see these local assets of our population and our historical manufacturing base come together and build on each other.”

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    16. Golf Tournament to Benefit Asnuntuck’s Manufacturing Programs

      Golf Tournament to Benefit Asnuntuck’s Manufacturing Programs

      Asnuntuck Community College’s foundation and Aerospace Components Manufacturers will host a golf tournament fundraiser on Tuesday, June 15. This will be the program’s 13th annual tournament and the first year the fundraiser will be held at Tunxis Country Club in Farmington, Conn. Proceeds from the event will benefit to the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck, which features leading-edge technology and has educated more than 9,000 students since 1998. Additional sponsors committed to the tournament include Air Industries Group/Sterling Engineering, Aerospace Alloys Inc., Aeroswiss, Advance Welding, Pilot Precision Products, Kaman Precision Products, Willington Nameplate, Accu-Rite Tool ...

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    17. ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Adapts to Unusual Times - BusinessWest

      ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Adapts to Unusual Times - BusinessWest

      As pivots go, this one was pretty smooth, Mary Bidwell says.  But that’s fitting for an academic program built on precision.  It was almost a year ago — March 13, to be exact — when Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) sent everyone home, including students in its Advanced Manufacturing Technology program, which Bidwell serves as interim dean.

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    18. EASTEC is the leading northeast manufacturing trade show

      EASTEC is the leading northeast manufacturing trade show

      EASTEC 2021, the largest Northeast manufacturing trade show, will be held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts and is produced by SME and AMT.  Innovation meets tradition at EASTEC.  Advanced manufacturing technology intersects with longstanding tradition at EASTEC 2021, October 19-21, 2021 in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

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    19. Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

      Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

      Both the immediate and long-term future of the manufacturing industry will be defined by the development of a number of ever-evolving and prominent trends, according to the Assoc. of Equipment Manufacturers. These trends are poised to have a significant impact in 2021 (and, in many cases, beyond), so it’s critically important for manufacturers to develop a keen understanding of what they are, how they will grow over time, and how they will impact the industry and the customers it serves.

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    20. Kristin Carlson, President, Peerless Precision

      Kristin Carlson, President, Peerless Precision

      Kristin Carlson calls it the ‘Boston Marathon bomber story.’ Because … it’s about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers who perpetrated those heinous crimes almost eight years ago now. More to the point, though, it’s about the role her company played in eventually apprehending him. Indeed, Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat in a backyard in Watertown, and he was discovered through the use of a thermal-imaging camera in a police helicopter flying over the area. Carlson’s company, Westfield-based Peerless Precision, makes several components for that camera, including one for the cryogenic cooling system that ensures ...

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