1. Articles in category: Aerospace/Defense

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    1. Plane Speaking | BusinessWest

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

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

      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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    4. Mass. defense contractors assess shutdown fallout

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

      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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    6. Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

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

      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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    8. Great New England Wings and Wheels coming to Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee

      Great New England Wings and Wheels coming to Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee

      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 ...

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    9. Westover Air Reserve Base receives 'excellent' score in inspection of 439th Airlift Wing operations

      Westover Air Reserve Base receives 'excellent' score in inspection of 439th Airlift Wing operations

      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.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    10. Gulfstream Aerospace awards scholarships to Alyssa Cousineau, Kayla Mayko and Amy Wardner

      Gulfstream Aerospace awards scholarships to Alyssa Cousineau, Kayla Mayko and Amy Wardner

      Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to 17 children of employees at the company's sites in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas and Wisconsin. The students were recognized at special events at each company site.

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    11. Report from the Paris Air Show

      Report from the Paris Air Show

      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
      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 ...

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    12. Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visits Westover in Chicopee, talks furloughs and sequestration

      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.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    13. Westfield Barnes Regional Airport gets federal grant; city seeks new restaurant for terminal | masslive

      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.

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    14. F-15 fighter jets based in Westfield moving temporarily to Westover in Chicopee

      F-15 fighter jets based in Westfield moving temporarily to Westover in Chicopee

      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.

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    15. Regional Business Opportunities from Paris Air Show

      Regional Business Opportunities from Paris Air Show

      But we also joined with the Hartford-Springfield Economic
      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.

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    16. Chicopee's Westover, Barnes Air Guard in Westfield to benefit if Massachusetts approves $177 million bond bill for capital projects at military bases

      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.

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    17. Westover Air Base in Chicopee to see new $24 million refuling system

      Westover Air Base in Chicopee to see new $24 million refuling system

      “This is a very significant investment into the infrastructure and long-term viability of the base. The $24 million upgrade will help Westover perform its mission more effectively. As one of the largest employers in the region, this contract will bring construction jobs and economic growth,” said U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, who represents the base.

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