Articles in category: Aerospace/Defense
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.(Read Full Article)
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.”(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
“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.
“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.”(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.'(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
Promoting our regional aerospace cluster is a high priority(Read Full Article)
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.
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.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.
You’re bound to get a lift – in spirits at least if you attend the first Great New England Wings and Wheels event Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, at the Westover Metropolitan Airport. “There’s a certain excitement about being in a crowd,” said Bud Shuback, president of the Galaxy Community Council, which is producing the Great New England Wings and Wheels event. He’s expecting more than 10,000 people a day to attend. “Word is out” and excitement is generating, said Bill Sheehan, public affairs director for the non-profit Galaxy Community Council. He said there is ...(Read Full Article)
Westover Air Reserve Base received an overall score of "excellent" in an intensive review of all of the 439th Airlift Wing’s operations. The full-base inspection was done by a team of 55 examiners from Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia from Aug. 8 through Aug. 12. When inspectors left on Monday they told Westover officials they passed with flying colors.(Read Full Article)
The EDC made a conscious decision to prioritize our region’s
aerospace cluster during 2013. Western Massachusetts is a key link along the
aerospace supply chain that follows I-91 from Connecticut through Massachusetts
and Vermont and continues north to Montreal. We call the Hartford CT –
Springfield MA section of that corridor New England’s Knowledge Corridor©, but
the entire corridor is legitimately Aerospace Corridor.
One of our tactics was to organize a presence for(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts companies at the Paris Air Show. The EDC organized meetings with
global OEM’s and B2B opportunities with international aerospace clusters for
the three Western ...
Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visits Westover in Chicopee, talks furloughs and sequestration
In a visit to Westover Air Reserve Base last week, acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning admired the base and spoke and asked questions about the impact federal budget cuts have had on local military. “That’s a lot of iron on the ramp,” Fanning said during his July 25 visit to Westover, seeing a row of 10 C-5s on the East Ramp.(Read Full Article)
Westfield Barnes Regional Airport gets federal grant; city seeks new restaurant for terminal | masslive
The federal government is kicking in $8.7 million toward $20 million in runway improvements and other work in at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, announced that he'll visit the airport Monday morning to announce the funds, which come from aircraft fuels taxes collected and then distributed by the Federal Aviation Administration.(Read Full Article)
Residents near Westover Air Reserve Base are likely to experience increased noise from training flights of F-15 Eagle fighter jets that will be stationed there or as long as six months. About 14 of the jets from the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing will be temporarily located at Westover while Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield undergoes a $30 million project to repair its runways.(Read Full Article)
But we also joined with the Hartford-Springfield Economic(Read Full Article)
Partnership and the State of Connecticut in a lead generation initiative for
New England’s Knowledge Corridor©. We met with over 20 international companies (from
France, Germany, Austria, Norway, Israel, Italy, even Liechtenstein) that have
an interest in the US market.
The EDC organized a stand for three Massachusetts companies –(Read Full Article)
Hoppe Technologies, Westfield Electroplating and Aimtek -- in the United States
Pavilion at the recent Paris Air Show. The company executives who attended experienced
first-hand the world’s biggest air show.
Chicopee's Westover, Barnes Air Guard in Westfield to benefit if Massachusetts approves $177 million bond bill for capital projects at military bases
The capital dollars would be available for the six military bases in Massachusetts: Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee; Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield; Natick Soldier Systems Center; Fort Devens; Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford; and the Massachusetts Military Reservation on Cape Cod. Brooks said a runway resurfacing at Barnes, which is owned by the City of Westfield, is a "perfect example" of how the state funding can be put to good use, and combined with federal and local funding for what Quenneville said is a $20 million project.(Read Full Article)
A major modernization project is about to begin; one designed to improve the way planes are fueled at Westover Air Reserve Base. The base is receiving $24.5 million for a new fuel hydrant system, which will consist of 14 hydrants and two 210,000 gallon above-ground tanks.(Read Full Article)