1. Articles in category: Manufacturing

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    1. ‘Set yourself apart from everyone else’: State labor chief Rosalin Acosta gives advice at Westfield High School career center

      ‘Set yourself apart from everyone else’: State labor chief Rosalin Acosta gives advice at Westfield High School career center

      Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski loves what Westfield High School’s Reed Career Center is doing to get students ready not just for the job search but also for the jobs they get. And on Tuesday he found a ready audience in Rosalin Acosta, the state’s secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. Acosta toured the center Tuesday morning, meeting with students and hearing how their job searches and career preparations are coming.

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    2. American Outdoor Brands Corp. Announces Leadership Transition

      American Outdoor Brands Corp. Announces Leadership Transition

      American Outdoor Brands Corp. announced that its board of directors has named Mark Smith and Brian Murphy co-presidents and co-CEOs of the company, effective immediately. Smith was most recently president of the Manufacturing Services Division of the company, while Murphy was most recently president of the Outdoor Products & Accessories Division. In their co-leadership roles, Smith and Murphy succeed James Debney, who has separated as president and CEO and as a director of the company, following the determination by the board of directors that he engaged in conduct inconsistent with a non-financial company policy.

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    3. Pilot Precision Products Recognized at 16th Annual Economic Impact Awards

      Pilot Precision Products Recognized at 16th Annual Economic Impact Awards

      Pilot Precision Products, which opened the doors to its new, 24,000-square-foot facility in South Deerfield in April, received a Silver award in the Western Mass. division at the 2019 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. Nineteen companies from across the Commonwealth were selected as finalists for MassEcon’s 16th annual celebration of firms for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy.

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    4. Now Named FORGE, Agency Links Entrepreneurs with Manufacturers

      Now Named FORGE, Agency Links Entrepreneurs with Manufacturers

      The agency formerly known as Greentown Learn has been rebranded as FORGE, a name that more effectively speaks to its mission of making connections between entrepreneurs and manufacturers that can create prototypes of their products or actually produce them. Since its inception, FORGE has facilitated such connections for nearly 200 companies, helping improve the survival rate of such ventures while also bringing more work to a number of area manufacturers.

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    5. ‘Peace and solace in the storm of life’; The story of Yankee Candle’s journey to the ‘scenter of the universe’

      ‘Peace and solace in the storm of life’; The story of Yankee Candle’s journey to the ‘scenter of the universe’

      Made in Massachusetts is an ongoing feature taking you inside the products made right here in the Bay State and the people who make them.It was Christmas 1969. Sixteen-year-old Michael Kittredge was short on money, so he took kitchen string, half a milk carton and some red crayon wax and made his mother a candle.

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    6. Yankee Candle opens $6.5M R&D lab in Deerfield, consolidates manufacturing in Franklin County

      Yankee Candle opens $6.5M R&D lab in Deerfield, consolidates manufacturing in Franklin County

      There was a warm, flickering glow Friday when lab technicians dimmed the lights in a burn room at the new Yankee Candle research and development laboratory. After all, there were about 1,000 candles burning, all lined up on stainless-steel lab benches under the latest in climate-control and fire-suppression technology.

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    7. Smith & Wesson parent company American Outdoor Brands reports earnings

      Smith & Wesson parent company American Outdoor Brands reports earnings

      American Outdoor Brands, the parent company — for now — of Smith & Wesson, reported a $5.2 million profit for its most recent quarter. That works out to 9 cents a share, coming in higher than the 7 cent projection most analysts arrived at prior to the announcement. Profits in the comparable quarter last year were $11 million, or 20 cents per diluted share.

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    8. ‘With a tournament on the line’ Callaway Golf finishes $40M expansion, adds staff to Chicopee golf ball factory

      ‘With a tournament on the line’ Callaway Golf finishes $40M expansion, adds staff to Chicopee golf ball factory

      Jobs making golf balls at Callaway Golf Ball Operations Inc. in Chicopee come with all the usual benefits plus one unique perk: Company-paid visits to Annie’s Driving Range. If you are going to make golf balls, you must know about golf. “It’s all part of our on-boarding,” said Vincent J. Simonds, senior director, global golf ball operations for Callaway. “I want people to think about the quality and consistency of each ball they make. Is this a ball they would want to put into play on a golf course with a tournament on the line?”

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    9. Smith & Wesson parent company splits in two; firearm maker retains name, will be headquartered in Springfield

      Smith & Wesson parent company splits in two; firearm maker retains name, will be headquartered in Springfield

      Smith & Wesson changed its name to American Outdoor Brands in 2016 as part of a diversification push — the opposite corporate strategy from the one announced Wednesday.Smith & Wesson has has 1,600 employees at its Springfield manufacturing plant. New companies Smith & Wesson Brands Inc., based in Springfield, will encompass the firearms business, and American Outdoor Brands Inc. will include the outdoor products and accessories businesses, which sell everything from pocketknives to saws and gun cleaning supplies. Corporate spokeswoman Liz Sharp didn’t respond to emailed questions Wednesday

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    10. Legislative Manufacturing Caucus honors Meridian Industrial Group of Holyoke

      Legislative Manufacturing Caucus honors Meridian Industrial Group of Holyoke

      State Rep. Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke, on Monday presented Meridian Industrial Group, a family-owned business, with a state proclamation. Meridian was recently recognized as the Manufacturer of the Year by the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. The company machines parts for military and aerospace contractors, which include parts for Patriot Missiles and rockets used to deliver satellites. Meridian was one of 78 firms to receive the honor.

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    11. Levellers Press Receives Manufacturers of the Year Award at State House

      Levellers Press Receives Manufacturers of the Year Award at State House

      Levellers Press in Amherst received a Manufacturer of the Year Award at the fourth annual Manufacturing Award Ceremony at the State House on Oct. 22. Collective Copies, a collectively managed and worker-owned printing company, celebrated the 10th anniversary of its publishing wing, Levellers Press, on Sept. 18. Levellers’ beginning was marked by the launch of its first title, Robert H. Romer’s Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, still one of its bestsellers. One hundred titles later, it has expanded its book-printing and distribution capabilities with Off the Common Books to help self-publishing authors get their books out in ...

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      Mentions: Amherst
    12. CRRC jobs in Quincy ‘troubling’ to Springfield Rep. Angelo Puppolo

      CRRC jobs in Quincy ‘troubling’ to Springfield Rep. Angelo Puppolo

      A Springfield lawmaker left a meeting with Chinese rail officials last week concerned that the headquarters of CRRC MA, where most of the high-salaried executives work, is in Quincy and not Western Massachusetts, where the new Red Line and Orange Line MBTA cars are being assembled. “This is troubling to me,” Rep. Angelo Puppolo wrote in a letter to CRRC’s Boston consulting firm Preti Strategies.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    13. Mayor Domenic Sarno criticizes MBTA for awarding $278M deal to South Korea instead of Springfield-based Crrc Ma

      Mayor Domenic Sarno criticizes MBTA for awarding $278M deal to South Korea instead of Springfield-based Crrc Ma

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno criticized the MBTA on Friday for ordering 80 bi-level passenger railcars from South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem for $278.6 million instead of the Chinese-owned CRRC MA. CRRC already has a $95 million factory on Page Boulevard in East Springfield making MBTA Red and Orange line cars and already planning to make similar commuter rail double-decker cars for Philadelphia’s SEPTA.

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    14. CRRC announces apprentice program for Springfield rail car plant; first such program in the U.S.

      CRRC announces apprentice program for Springfield rail car plant; first such program in the U.S.

      CRRC MA and the Sheet Metal Workers Local 63 have created a registered apprentice program for mechanical production worker training in rail car manufacturing at CRRC’s mammoth factory in East Springfield. The program at the plant — now building Orange Line subway cars for the T and soon to start work on Red Line cars — is the first apprenticeship program in the U.S. for rail car manufacturing, according to a news release.

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    15. Manufacturers gather in Westfield for pig roast, networking

      Manufacturers gather in Westfield for pig roast, networking

      Nearly 100 people in the precision manufacturing industry and associated businesses gathered Monday night for the 13th annual Mainline Drive Pig Roast, sponsored by the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association.It’s a chance, said association president Kristin Carlson, for business networking and socializing and to raise some money for the Larry A. Maier Memorial Education Fund. Named in honor of Carlson’s late father, the fund supports and promotes manufacturing education for children in fifth grade and up.

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    16. Merger of Aerospace Giants Creates Uncertainty, but Perhaps Opportunity   - BusinessWest

      Merger of Aerospace Giants Creates Uncertainty, but Perhaps Opportunity   - BusinessWest

      Since the announcement last month that defense and aerospace giants Raytheon and United Technologies will merge into one firm based in Eastern Mass., few other details have emerged, and questions remain about the impact on the companies’ workforce, particularly those currently based at UTC’s Connecticut plant. But some see potential growth in the merger, which may bode well for the many Western Mass. machine shops — and their 5,000 employees — that make components for those companies.

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    17. Savage Arms of Westfield, independent again, plans to expand

      Savage Arms of Westfield, independent again, plans to expand

      Savage Arms, newly acquired by a group of private investors headed by CEO and President Al Kasper, will soon be looking to expand as it takes advantage of its new independence. “We’ll be looking for acquisition opportunities,” Kasper said in a recent interview. “Businesses that are in the same space in the marketplace where we are and that will allow us to take full advantage of our manufacturing capabilities.”

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