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    1. What does Raytheon-UTC merger mean for Western Mass? Impact feared for those who commute to jobs in Windsor Locks, Farmington, Conn.

      What does Raytheon-UTC merger mean for Western Mass? Impact feared for those who commute to jobs in Windsor Locks, Farmington, Conn.

      Combined defense and aerospace giants Raytheon and United Technologies will be headquartered in Massachusetts — not Connecticut. Good news for the state, but what will be the impact of the merger, announced Monday, of the two companies into one company with an estimated $74 billion in sales for 2019 have in Western Massachusetts where many who work at UTC’s Connecticut factories and offices live and where small machine shops make components that end up in both company’s products.

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    2. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      Employers will gather Monday at Springfield Technical Community College to talk about preparing potential applicants for jobs that businesses are having trouble filling. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is the keynote speaker. The event is organized by the college and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, a local trade organization of precision manufacturers.

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    3. Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      With $287,000 in state grant money, two local companies are having employees trained through Training & Workforce Options, a collaborative workforce development program at Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College.Westfield-based firearms manufacturer Savage Arms received $238,485 from the state’s Workforce Training Fund for customized training for 67 workers, according to a press release. Employees are training now on computer numerical control (CNC) machines at STCC’s Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center, a machine-tool lab and classroom complex at the Springfield Technology Park.

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    4. ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Turns Training into Jobs — Quickly

      ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Turns Training into Jobs — Quickly

      With much of the manufacturing workforce starting to age out and a dearth of young people entering the field, companies have been struggling for some time to find the skilled employees they need to grow. One successful model changing the equation is the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck Community College, which is placing students with a one-year certificate to work in good-paying careers — while meeting area companies’ critical talent needs. It is, in short, a true win-win.

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    5. Westfield OK’s tax incentive for James Hardie plant expansion

      Westfield OK’s tax incentive for James Hardie plant expansion

      James Hardie Building Products, the manufacturer that bought the former old Colony Envelope and National Envelope plant last year, could invest an additional $12 million to $18 million at the site and hire more people. That’s if it gets a tax incentives from the city and state. The Westfield City Council voted 10-1 in favor of the agreement, a tax increment financing, or TIF, agreement Thursday night.

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    6. OMG Inc. Names Brad Bedard Vice President of Supply Chain Management

      OMG Inc. Names Brad Bedard Vice President of Supply Chain Management

      As part of the continued effort to position the company for stronger growth, Brad Bedard has been promoted to vice president of Supply Chain Management for OMG Inc. As vice president, Bedard is responsible for overall management of the company’s global supply-chain and distribution logistics. In this new role, he will work with his organization to develop and implement short- and long-term strategies that maximize operational efficiencies, improve supply-chain and distribution performance, and manage costs. He reports to Hubert McGovern, president and CEO.

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    7. What’s new at Eastec 2019: Robots and efficiency drive innovation

      What’s new at Eastec 2019: Robots and efficiency drive innovation

      The Eastern States Exposition’s Mallary Complex, where folks normally gather around livestock, is full this week of folks gathering around robots on display at the Eastec trade show. Robots throwing dice, robots alphabetizing a pile of children's ABC toys, robots stacking tiny squares of gum.

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    8. Eastec manufacturing trade show in West Springfield focuses sustainability, ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

      Eastec manufacturing trade show in West Springfield focuses sustainability, ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

      Eastec, the massive manufacturing trade show, returns to the Big E next week with a focus on the future — the future of manufacturing, of the planet and of the industry’s workforce. “Sustainability is a focus area at Eastec this year,” said event manager Kim Farrugia. That means conserving energy, minimizing waste, streamlining practices and even using environmentally friendly packaging, she said.

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    9. Smith & Wesson sells former Springfield Shooting Sports Center for $740,500 to Northstar recycler next door

      Smith & Wesson sells former Springfield Shooting Sports Center for $740,500 to Northstar recycler next door

      The sale, for the price of $740,500, was recorded April 18 at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. Neither Smith & Wesson nor Northstar responded to questions Monday. The 5.7-acre property in the industrial East Springfield neighborhood was home to Smith & Wesson’s retail store and an indoor gun range for about a decade. There, shooters could rent time and rent Smith & Wesson firearms for practice or to try out before they bought.

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    10. Channing Bete in Deerfield to close; 105 people will lose jobs

      After publishing educational pamphlets, booklets and handbooks on a wide variety of health and school-related subjects for 65 years, the Channing Bete company is closing its doors. In an exclusive interview with the Greenfield Recorder, Company President Michael G. Bete announced the family-owned business would close in June, leaving the 105 employees without a job.

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    11. Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Reaches 100-employee Milestone

      Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Reaches 100-employee Milestone

      Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing recently reached a milestone of 100 employees. In addition, it is actively recruiting for another 11 jobs, including entry-level professional and senior-leadership roles. Jennifer Kratovil-Moriarty, senior manager, Human Resources, said the 100-employee milestone is notable for any small business and particularly noteworthy in Berkshire County. She noted that Gov. Charlie Baker visited the facility in January to check out its expansion and success first-hand.

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    12. Smith & Wesson closing Springfield distribution center, warehouse in favor of new Missouri facility

      Smith & Wesson closing Springfield distribution center, warehouse in favor of new Missouri facility

      American Outdoor Brands Corp., parent company of Springfield stalwart Smith & Wesson, will close its distribution operations here and elsewhere around the country as it opens a new $75-million warehouse near Columbia, Missouri, this year.Executives at the publicly-traded AOBC touted the cost savings and efficiencies associated with consolidating into its new 600,000-square-foot Missouri warehouse in a conference call with analysts last week.

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    13. Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      The Callaway golf-ball-manufacturing facility in Chicopee has borrowed a famous page from the Chicago Cubs’ playbook.  When the Cubs win, a white flag with a large blue ‘W’ is flown atop the legendary hand-operated scoreboard in center field. Back to Callaway. When a member of its team — comprised of players on the various professional tours who play Callaway balls and clubs — posts a win, a flag with a large script ‘C’ (the same one used for the Callaway brand) flies underneath the American flag on the pole outside on the facility on Meadow Street.

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    14. MachineMetrics raises $11.3M, plans to boost workforce, focus on global sales

      MachineMetrics raises $11.3M, plans to boost workforce, focus on global sales

      Picture the scene: A factory floor buzzing with machinery, cranking out parts efficiently and quickly. Suddenly, everything grinds to a halt. The machines stop working. Supervisors scurry to figure out the problem. But imagine having the technology that could predict when errors would arise, when machines would fail. That's where MachineMetrics, an industrial Internet of Things startup that specializes in predictive analytics for manufacturers, enters the picture. "We can notify a customer if something is going to happen," CEO William M. Bither said recently. "We've detected a half hour before an actual tool was going to fail that ...

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    15. Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

      Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

      CRRC MA plans to build a 42,500-square-foot warehouse at its Page Boulevard factory to house large components like wheel and motor assemblies and HVAC components for the transit cars it builds there. CRRC is selecting contractors now and completion is expected in August, said Lydia Rivera, a CRRC MA spokeswoman. It’s the first major expansion of the East Springfield facility, which began production in late 2018. CRRC also has an office building on the site that was once part of the old Westinghouse complex.

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    16. Western Massachusetts manufacturers, workforce boards team to meet future staffing needs

      Western Massachusetts manufacturers, workforce boards team to meet future staffing needs

      Advanced manufacturing is a priority industry in the Pioneer Valley region. The member companies of the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association are primarily small and medium sized enterprises that are part of a supply chain engaged in producing precision mechanical parts, components, and sub-assemblies utilizing high technology equipment, lean manufacturing, and world-class innovation technology development.

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    17. Springfield’s CRRC begins shipping cars to Boston, plans for Philadelphia, Los Angeles projects

      Springfield’s CRRC begins shipping cars to Boston, plans for Philadelphia, Los Angeles projects

      Officials from Los Angeles and Philadelphia were there in December when Gov. Charlie Baker and representatives from the MBTA came to Springfield to celebrate completion of the first Orange Line cars at CRRC MA’s factory. The transit systems in those two cities are CRRC’s next customers. Los Angeles has ordered 64 subway cars at a cost of $178.4 million, with an option for 218 more beginning in 2021.  CRRC will build 45 double-decker passenger cars for SEPTA, Greater Philadelphia’s transit system, for $137.5 million. SEPTA has an option to purchase 10 additional cars after that.

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    18. Toolmaker gets $2.8 million tax-exempt bond for factory at old Oxford Pickle site in South Deerfield

      Toolmaker gets $2.8 million tax-exempt bond for factory at old Oxford Pickle site in South Deerfield

      Eric Hagopian is moving his combined cutting tool businesses — the duMONT Company and Hassay Savage Company — to the former Oxford Pickle factory site in South Deerfield in part so he can attract trained machinists from southern Franklin County. He’ll close the two company’s current locations, first Hassay Savage in the Turner Falls section of Montague on Industrial Boulevard followed by the duMONT plant on Wells Street in Greenfield.

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    19. Asnuntuck’s Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program Offers Opportunities for Free Tuition, Wage Reimbursement

      Starting in March, Asnuntuck Community College is offering a new, free apprenticeship program that will provide employers an opportunity to both enhance their employees’ skills and receive wage reimbursements of up to $13,000 per participant. This two-year program has a $3,750 value per participant but will be entirely free for Connecticut businesses. The time commitment will be three hours per week (Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m.), with breaks for holidays and summer, and classes will occur evenings at Asnuntuck Community College.

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    20. CRRC exec: US-China trade problems are ‘only temporary’

      CRRC exec: US-China trade problems are ‘only temporary’

      CRRC MA — the company’s name for its Massachusetts operations — employs approximately 213 people. The manufacturing facility in Springfield employs 126, including 71 union production employees, and expects to grow as it adds more production of MBTA Red Line cars to the Orange Line cars it’s already building. In 2014, CRRC received a $566 million contract from the MBTA to build 152 Orange Line cars and 252 Red Line cars at the Page Boulevard site. In December 2016, the state upped the order with another 120 new Red Line cars, with production set to begin in June 2022 at ...

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