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    1. Universal Plastics’ Pia Kumar Puts the Focus on Work-life Balance

      Universal Plastics’ Pia Kumar Puts the Focus on Work-life Balance

      Back in mid-March, Pia Kumar recalls, at the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a good deal of absenteeism at the five plants within the Universal Plastics fold — maybe 40% by her estimate, a number that spoke volumes about the high levels of fear and anxiety within the workforce. So Kumar, who co-owns the Universal family of businesses with her husband, Jay, and has the title ‘Chief Strategy Officer’ printed on her business card, did what she says comes naturally to her. She got on the phone. “I called every single employee that was not ...

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    2. UMass Amherst Contributes to Development of Open-source N95 Respirator

      UMass Amherst Contributes to Development of Open-source N95 Respirator

      In one of the latest COVID-19 response projects at UMass Amherst, the Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication (ADDFab) laboratory is collaborating with a global network of design, engineering, and manufacturing experts to help develop an open-source N95 face mask. ADDFab, one of the core facilities at UMass’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences, has been rapidly preparing 3D prints of prototype parts and molds for Cofab Design in Holyoke. Cofab business partner and design engineer Aaron Cantrell is one of the primary leaders of the Open Standard Respirator project, a nonprofit effort to broaden protective equipment supply for COVID-19 and ...

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    3. J&E Precision Tool of Southampton plans Westfield expansion as it gears up for F-35 fighter jet work

      J&E Precision Tool of Southampton plans Westfield expansion as it gears up for F-35 fighter jet work

      Up to $1.5 million in machining equipment will be just the start for J&E Precision Tool of Southampton as it expands into the former Berkshire Industries building near the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport to build parts for the military’s new F-35 fighter jet. "We have to be ready to act quickly and we need to be ready to expand," said James R. Labrie, president of 41-year-old J&E Precision. "And we don’t have room to do that here in Southampton. We're very busy."

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      Mentions: Westfield
    4. Staffing companies say coronavirus has slowed hiring; demand expected to pick up as manufacturing reopens

      Staffing companies say coronavirus has slowed hiring; demand expected to pick up as manufacturing reopens

      Many of the manufacturers that rely on staffing services aren’t hiring now because they are shut down, deemed nonessential under statewide rules meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But Patricia Canavan, president of United Personnel in Springfield, said some of her clients have converted at least some of their manufacturing capacity into making protective face masks and other equipment for first responders. One example is Caratamundi in East Longmeadow, which normally makes toys and games for Hasbro and others.

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    5. Coronavirus response: East Longmeadow toy factory making face shields instead of board games

      Coronavirus response: East Longmeadow toy factory making face shields instead of board games

      The Cartamundi plant here and its workers usually makes classic games like Monopoly and Trouble and churn out canisters of Play-Doh, all for toy giant Hasbro. But today they’re making personal protection equipment, manufacturing 50,000 plastic face shields per week, for donation to local hospitals during this COVID-19 pandemic. The project is a partnership between Rhode Island-based Hasbro and global card-and-game company Cartamundi, which owns popular playing card brands like Bee as well as the factory .

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    6. Massachusetts manufacturers step up to meet emergency, look for opportunities in post-COVID-19 economy

      Massachusetts manufacturers step up to meet emergency, look for opportunities in post-COVID-19 economy

      Massachusetts manufacturers are making products to fight the novel coronavirus, save patients caught in its grip, protect doctors and nurses, and arrest the disease’s spread. That might be stuff that’s already in their product line. Pelican Products in South Deerfield makes Pelican Storm Cases for lifesaving ventilators shipped from Oregon to New York City. Sometimes it is a slight deviation from the norm. Universal Plastics in Holyoke is making face shields and acrylic intubation boxes.

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    7. Universal Plastics of Holyoke pivots to make face shields, intubation boxes for pandemic needs

      Universal Plastics of Holyoke pivots to make face shields, intubation boxes for pandemic needs

      Universal Plastics is doing its part in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The manufacturer, which specializes in custom thermoforming, is making plastic face shields and acrylic intubation boxes. “We all just have to do our part in this,” says Pia Kumar, co-owner and chief strategy officer at Universal Plastics.

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    8. The Mass. Manufacturing Community Responds to COVID-19 | MassTech

      The Mass. Manufacturing Community Responds to COVID-19 | MassTech

      The leaders of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative including Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy and Mike Tamasi, President and CEO of AccuRounds established the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This work is being done in coordination with the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Response Command Center, led by Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.

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    9. Coronavirus shutdown doesn’t close Springfield Smith & Wesson plant; gunmaker donates eye protection to Baystate Health

      Coronavirus shutdown doesn’t close Springfield Smith & Wesson plant; gunmaker donates eye protection to Baystate Health

      Saying it is “critical infrastructure for the United States and the Commonwealth,” gunmaker Smith & Wesson is keeping its manufacturing plants, including the Springfield factory, operational during Gov. Charlie Baker’s order closing “nonessential” businesses across the state.

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    10. #GiveMePPE: Coronavirus has Lee manufacturer looking to make medical masks, gowns, sterile wrap amid shortage

      #GiveMePPE: Coronavirus has Lee manufacturer looking to make medical masks, gowns, sterile wrap amid shortage

      A factory that makes medical device components, diagnostic strips and wound dressings is working around the clock to get the necessary equipment and raw materials to start making desperately needed medical masks and other personal protective equipment for health care providers. “We have the equipment in house to make surgical masks, N95 masks,” said B. Stephen Boyd, CEO of the family-owned Boyd Technologies. That includes clean rooms, Boyd said.

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    11. Pilot Precision Products Welcomes New Business-development Professional

      Pilot Precision Products Welcomes New Business-development Professional

      Pilot Precision Products, the parent company of duMONT Minute Man Industrial Broaches and Hassay Savage broaching tools, and the exclusive American distributor of Magafor and GMauvaisUSATM products, announced that Marco Morgado has joined the team in the role of the director of National Business Development. “We’re very excited to welcome Marco to his new and well-deserved role,” said CEO and founder Eric Hagopian. “His extensive cutting-tool and distribution experience is an excellent fit for Pilot and will help us further expand and solidify the strong client relationships for which we’re known.”

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    12. United Paper Box Co. crafts packaging for everything from games to perfume

      United Paper Box Co. crafts packaging for everything from games to perfume

      From pie rings to typewriter paper and greeting-card boxes to software packaging to high-end apparel boxes and marketing items for major entertainment labels, the products manufactured by United Paper Box Co. keep pace with changing times and business needs. Founded in 1937, United Paper Box is a family owned and operated rigid setup box manufacturer.

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    13. ‘The Ball That Changed a Town’: Golf Channel airs documentary on Chicopee Callaway factory

      ‘The Ball That Changed a Town’: Golf Channel airs documentary on Chicopee Callaway factory

      Golf Channel viewers are familiar with Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls — or, they’re at least familiar with the 30 or more PGA pros like Phil Mickelson who play their rounds with the ball. Now those viewers have a chance get familiar with Callaway Golf Ball Operations Inc. and its Chicopee plant where longtime employees make the Chrome Soft ball and other products in the Supersoft line.

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    14. Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2020

      Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2020

      Both the immediate and long-term future of the manufacturing industry will be defined by the development of several evolving trends and cutting-edge technologies. According to the Assoc. of Equipment Managers (AEM), many of these are poised to have a significant impact in 2020 and beyond, so it’s critically important for manufacturers to develop a keen understanding of what they are and how they will grow over time.

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    15. Universal Plastics in Holyoke carries on Western Massachusetts’ legacy of manufacturing

      Universal Plastics in Holyoke carries on Western Massachusetts’ legacy of manufacturing

      Pia and Jay Kumar wanted to operate a business together. They were ready to leave behind the hustle of New York City and their Wall Street careers. They heard through a family friend about Universal Plastics in Holyoke, a manufacturer specializing in custom thermoforming. “We felt it was the right business in terms of culture, size and what we could afford here,” Pia Kumar, co-owner and chief strategy officer, says. “We moved from New York City and never looked back.”

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    16. Greentown Labs’ FORGE initiative links present to future for WMass manufacturing

      Greentown Labs’ FORGE initiative links present to future for WMass manufacturing

      FORGE is bringing together the best of new and old Western Massachusetts. Serving the area’s startups by pairing them with manufacturers, the nonprofit organization is keeping the manufacturing industry for which the Pioneer Valley has long been heralded in the spotlight yet another generation.

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    17. Massachusetts’ West Region striving for technologically relevant workforce

      Massachusetts’ West Region striving for technologically relevant workforce

      The advanced manufacturing companies in Massachusetts’ West Region are primarily small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that are part of a supply chain that is primarily engaged in producing precision mechanical parts, components and sub-assemblies utilizing high technology equipment, lean manufacturing, and world-class technology development.

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    18. AIM cautions ‘demographic cliff’ threatens Massachusetts workforce

      AIM cautions ‘demographic cliff’ threatens Massachusetts workforce

      Kristin Maier Carlson, president of Peerless Precision in Westfield, grew up around the family-owned shop from the age of 15. She learned from her father the importance of providing educational and training opportunities to prepare employees for the demanding work of high-tolerance manufacturing.

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    19. Hazen Paper Co., maker of holographic images for Super Bowl programs, expands, hires in Holyoke

      Hazen Paper Co., maker of holographic images for Super Bowl programs, expands, hires in Holyoke

      The manufacturing process that will put a three-dimensional hologram into the hands of spectators at Sunday’s Super Bowl LIV began with water coursing through the Holyoke power canals and into the city’s world-famous hydroelectric turbines. In between there are the NFL-approved artists and publisher and workers in hairnets and lint-free coveralls in a controlled clean room at Hazen Paper Co.

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    20. ‘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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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