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    1. $200,000 Gulfstream grant boosts Westfield aviation program toward funding goal | masslive

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      $200,000 Gulfstream grant boosts Westfield aviation program toward funding goal | masslive

      Gulfstream awarded $200,000 in grant funding last week to the emerging aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School, which has gained steam during the past few months and may start as early as next fall.
      The school aims for about $3.5 million to get the aviation technology program up and running, said principal Stefan Czaporowski. The project has been in full gear for only a few months, and already organizers have their sights on about $2.26 million in city, state and grant funding.  'We're getting there,' Czaporowski said. 'Since the beginning, there has been ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    2. Barnes Airport hangar project could give Westfield students a pathway to high paying jobs in aircraft industry

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      Barnes Airport hangar project could give Westfield students a pathway to high paying jobs in aircraft industry

      Take a quick glance at the drab hangar at Westfield-Barnes Airport, and you see old, gray siding and a leaky roof. But hidden inside is a potential future for Westfield students. The final product might look like this: Westfield Vocational High School students work through a fast-track program in airplane maintenance and manufacturing at the airport. They move directly into an expanded air-related program at Westfield State University, and also feed into local companies hungry for talented, well-trained plane workers. Companies lend support to the program and the graduated students support the companies, creating a self-sustaining system of local, high-paying ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    3. Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com

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      Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com

      The city and Barnes Air National Guard Base are already making the right moves to help the base, its $225 million economic impact and 3,813 jobs survive any looming Pentagon budget cuts.  That's what Westfield residents heard Monday at a community forum hosted by the state Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force at the North Middle School auditorium. Examples include a cooperatively funded $23.4 million comprehensive infrastructure improvement plan, child-care for drilling service members, and a planned aviation program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    4. Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com

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      Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com

      The forum on Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield is 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 12 at Westfield's North Middle School, 350 Southampton Road.  The session on for Westover Air Reserve Base is 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 27 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgett St., Chicopee. Other sessions are planned for Devens, Lexington near Hanscom Air Force Base, and Bourne near Joint Base Cape Cod.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee   Westfield

    5. Gov. Deval Patrick: Make Westover a freight hub

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      Gov. Deval Patrick: Make Westover a freight hub

      Allan W. Blair, president of the Westover Metropolitan Development Corp., said not only is Logan hemmed in, but planners at MassPort, which runs Logan, are under tremendous pressure to provide more facilities for passenger traffic. "Something's got to give," Blair said. Blair said the $177 million capital bill includes $160,000 for a market study on freight at Westover. The study, which could begin soon and take four months, would tell Westover what the market potential is and what would need to be done, besides MassPort cooperation. It would also tell planners where Westover fits in a changing air ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Bradley International Airport   Massport

    6. Westover general confirms downsizing will happen despite politicians efforts: 334 jobs, 8 planes lost

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      Westover general confirms downsizing will happen despite politicians efforts: 334 jobs, 8 planes lost

      Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain has confirmed that a much discussed plan to downsize Westover Air Reserve Base will happen, despite efforts from local politicians and others to prevent the reduction. In a press conference Monday, he said half of the base’s 16-plane fleet of C5-B Galaxy jets will eventually be transferred to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and 59 full-time positions and 275 part-time Reserve positions will be cut from the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover. The timeframe on when everything is happening is still in question. At the moment, the first plane is scheduled to leave the ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    7. Westover to lose 300 jobs under new Pentagon budget cuts

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      Westover to lose 300 jobs under new Pentagon budget cuts

      Westover Air Reserve Base will shed 300 jobs and half of the 439th Airlift Wing's C-5 fleet under new budget cuts, Air Force officials announced Monday.  The cuts include the expected loss of 59 full-time enlisted personnel and 275 drilling reservists. No timeline has been released, and the final numbers have not been determined, officials said.  Under the plan eight of the Airlift Wing's C-5 cargo aircraft will transfer from Westover to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas beginning in 2015.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    8. Gov. Patrick signs bond bill authorizing $177 million to be spent improving Westover, Barnes, others

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      Gov. Patrick signs bond bill authorizing $177 million to be spent improving Westover, Barnes, others

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick has signed a first-ever bond bill that will allow the commonwealth to borrow up to $177 million to make improvements to six military installations in the state, including Barnes Air Reserve Base, in Westfield, and Wesvover Air Reserve Base, in Chicopee.  The bill comes from the recommendations of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force which was formed through the governor’s office to fight proposals for widespread budget cuts that includes cutting the number of jets at Westover Air Reserve base by half in 2016.  It is the first time in history where the ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee   Westfield

    9. Gov. Patrick signs multi-million dollar military bond bill

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      Gov. Patrick signs multi-million dollar military bond bill

      Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill authorizing the state to borrow up to $177 million for improvements to the state’s military bases. The measure approved by lawmakers earlier this month would include $9 million in immediate funding for military and civilian runway upgrades at the Barnes Air National Guard Base and adjacent Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport. The bill also authorizes nearly $3 million for energy and communications upgrades at Hanscom Air Force Base. An additional $100,000 would allow for the relocation of the National Guard’s Military Museum from Worcester to Concord.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield

    10. Massachusetts House and Senate approve 5-year, $177 million spending plan to aid state's military installations

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      Massachusetts House and Senate approve 5-year, $177 million spending plan to aid state's military installations

      The Massachusetts Senate and House passed final legislation authorizing $177 million in capital spending over the next five years to make improvements at and expand the state’s military installations. The bill includes spending to make repairs to the runway at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield. The bill now goes to Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature to become law.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Westfield

    11. B & E Precision Aircraft Components looks to build staff, grow with industry

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      B & E Precision Aircraft Components looks to build staff, grow with industry

      The machine shop, with its 103 employees, had a good 2013 and is looking for an even better years 2015 to 2020 as aircraft like those new jetliners go from design and testing to full production , according to company president Glenn Ford,. The precision machine shop is one division of the larger B & E Group which has offices in Westfield and Florida.  The machine shop is a maze of activity with robots placing parts on machine tools and people setting up the work and telling the robots what to do. Nearby are airplane parts, including a small bracket that breaks ...

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      Mentions:   Boeing   Westfield   United Technologies

    12. Westfield cuts ribbon for Barnes Air National Guard Base runway project as state preps for national review of military installations

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      Westfield cuts ribbon for Barnes Air National Guard Base runway project as state preps for national review of military installations

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal used the occasion Friday of a ribbon-cutting at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport and Barnes Air National Guard base to tout the state's readiness for an expected round of Pentagon cutbacks.  Neal, D-Springfield, predicts another BRAC, or Base Realignment and Closure Commission review, in 2015, a process that could result in recommended cutbacks at one of Massachusetts' six military bases. It's a list that includes Barnes in Westfield and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Chicopee

    13. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Massachusetts delegation, working to preserve military bases including Barnes, Westover | masslive.com

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      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Massachusetts delegation, working to preserve military bases including Barnes, Westover | masslive.com

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said he expects another Base Realignment and Closure Commission to start the work in 2015 of deciding which military bases to close and which to keep open. The military's footprint will shrink, he said, despite recent budget deal that reversed some, but not all, the federal sequester budget cuts to the U.S. Department of Defense.  'Nonetheless there are cuts that will be coming in defense,” Neal said. “If the Pentagon has to figure out how to move money around in the budget we want to be preemptive.”

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    14. Plane Speaking | BusinessWest

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      Plane Speaking | BusinessWest

      Fran Ahern acknowledged that the analogy isn’t perfect, but, for the most part, it works, and it helps him effectively tell the story of one of the region’s least-known — and least-understood — business success stories.
      “We’re a service center for airplanes,” said Ahern, general manager of Gulfstream’s sprawling operation at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield. He would go on to draw a number of loose comparisons between his operation and the corner garage or auto dealership where one might bring their Buick for new tires, a tuneup, or an inspection sticker.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Barnes Municipal Airport

    15. Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield opens $13.5 million runway

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      Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield opens $13.5 million runway

      “I sponsored the legislation and based it on the support from the DOD (Department of Defense),” Neal said. “Barnes is an economic engine here. This is a big deal.”

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    16. Northampton company L-3 KEO announces elimination of 19 positions

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      Northampton company L-3 KEO announces elimination of 19 positions

      L-3 KEO, the city's largest industrial employer announced Friday it is laying off 19 employees from its Northampton location in part because of declining defense spending and continuing impact of sequestration on the federal budget, according to company officials. "This difficult, but necessary action was taken to maintain the division’s overall competitiveness and improve its ability to win and execute new business pursuits in a declining defense budget and sequestration environment," the company said in a prepared statement. Positions being affected are both salaried and hourly, and employees have been offered severance packages and outplacement assistance.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican   Kollmorgen

    17. Westover pumps $225 million into local economy; federal budget cuts cause impact to decrease | masslive.com

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      Westover pumps $225 million into local economy; federal budget cuts cause impact to decrease | masslive.com

      The total is a reduction from the $238 million impact the base had during fiscal years 2012 and 2011. In 2009, the impact was $231 million and in 2010 the impact was $266 million but most of that was due to a building boom on base.  Many of the reductions are due to the $85 billion across-the-board federal spending cuts called sequestration that were imposed in March.  “One of the keys is a $3.3 million decrease in civilian pay,” said Lt. Col. James G. Bishop, chief of public affairs for Westover.

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      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee

    18. Economic impact of Westover Air Base

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      Economic impact of Westover Air Base

      For each fiscal year Westover Air Reserve Base studies their economic impact on the local economy.  For 2013, about 3,800 civilian reservists and federal employees spent about $225 million within a 50-mile radius of the base here in Chicopee.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    19. Pratt & Whitney-led engine partnership gets $430 million China deal | masslive.com

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      International Aero Engines, Pratt & Whitney’s multinational partnership, has landed a major jet engine contract from a subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, company officials say.

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      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   The Republican

    20. Mass. defense contractors assess shutdown fallout

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      Mass. defense contractors assess shutdown fallout

      Sen. Elizabeth Warren had already lashed out on the topic of the federal sequestration budget cuts, in a Sept. 30 speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.  'More than a thousand employees at Westover Air Force Base and Barnes Air National Guard Base in Western Massachusetts are facing furloughs,' Warren said. 'Scientists and medical researchers in Massachusetts are also getting pounded by the sequester.'

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      Mentions:   Raytheon   United Technologies Corp.

    21. Westover Air Base in Chicopee sends hundreds of employees home because of government shutdown

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      Westover Air Base in Chicopee sends hundreds of employees home because of government shutdown

       Col. Steven Vautrain, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, had submitted a list of essential personnel he requested to be exempted from the furlough to keep the base running. The Air Force did not approve exempted personnel until Tuesday morning so most did not know if they would be staying or going home. Even those who are working knew they should not expect their regular paycheck, Bishop said.  All active duty military are exempt from the furlough but Reservists and civilians are not. At Westover about 10 percent of all personnel are active duty while the remaining 90 percent are ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    22. Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

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      Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Promoting our regional aerospace cluster is a high priority
      for the EDC this year. Enhancing Western Mass – Canada trade is a significant
      tactic in our initiative. US – Canada trade tends to be north-south. Canada’s
      aerospace firms predominate in Quebec, so our region is well positioned to pick
      up future business opportunities.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    23. Pratt & Whitney, Pentagon finalize $1 billion Joint Strike Fighter engine deal | masslive.com

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      Pratt & Whitney, Pentagon finalize $1 billion Joint Strike Fighter engine deal | masslive.com

      The Defense Department and Pratt & Whitney reached an agreement Tuesday on an order for the sixth lot of F135 engines to power the F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter.  The bulk of the work will be done in Connecticut, with 67 percent going to Pratt’s East Hartford and Middletown plants, according to a Defense Department contract listing.  The contract includes 38 engines, as well as program management, engineering support, and spare parts, Chris Flynn, vice president of Pratt’s F135 engine program, said.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    24. Pratt finalizes $1B deal for F-35 engines

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      Pratt finalizes $1B deal for F-35 engines

      Pratt & Whitney said this morning that it has finalized a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense to provide engines for a sixth batch of F-35 fighter jets.
      Though Pratt has yet to state the value of the deal, an anonymously sourced Reuters story that preceded the announcement pegged it at $1 billion or more, similar to contracts for previous batches.

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