Articles in category: Aerospace/Defense
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)
“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.(Read Full Article)
We will meet 22 global companies that have been prequalified for (at minimum)(Read Full Article)
interest in the US market and awareness of the Knowledge Corridor aerospace
cluster. Some are potential inbound
investors and some are looking to enhance their US supply chain.
Great New England Wings & Wheels show will bring World War II aircraft and vintage cars to Westover in Chicopee
The “first edition” of the Great New England Wings & Wheels show will debut Aug. 24 and 25 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgette St. Planning for the show came about in the wake of the federal budget sequestration’s effects on military air shows around the nation. This show will take place on the civilian portion of Westover and is not expected to include any active military aircraft.(Read Full Article)
We hope that we receive a robust response as we want to be(Read Full Article)
able to showcase how robust our cluster is when we meet with numerous
international aerospace companies and officials in Paris. We will use the booklet
to point out our firms’ specific capabilities, the overall capacity of our
cluster and to attract companies who want a US supply chain.
Strong showing in NORAD inspection may help 104th Fighter Wing at Westfield survive budget ax; $25 million for runway, improvements sought
Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray congratulated the National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing Thursday for a strong showing in its recent NORAD inspection, a result he said might help the 104th and the 1,100 people who work there survive the federal budget ax. "When you have quality personnel responding in such an exemplary manner, the Pentagon knows that can't be easily replicated," Murray said during a visit to a hangar at Barnes Air National Guard Base.(Read Full Article)
Eastec, which features truck-sized industrial equipment that can cost up to $1 million and churn out precision parts to tolerances many times smaller than a human hair, is expected to draw more than 500 exhibitors and visitors representing nearly 700 companies from across the country, said Kimberly L. Farrugia, senior event manager for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Farrugia said it’s a 15 percent increase overall increase in registrations from 2011, the last time Eastec was in West Springfield. She anticipated overall attendance of about 11,000 over three days, May 14, 15 and 16.(Read Full Article)
In its annual report in February, UTC indicated that it plans to eliminate 3,000 jobs this year but did not say where the cuts will be made. In addition to Pratt, UTC includes the former Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks — now part of UTC Aerospace Systems — and Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford.(Read Full Article)
The parent corporation, FloDesign, is essentially an aerospace company that has designed, prototyped, and developed products ranging from noise suppressors for jet engines to something called a RAP nozzle, a device that transmits a fluid force, gas, or fine particles over a distance with minimal loses. Thresher takes the helm at an intriguing time for the enterprise, as it looks to create new business opportunities and avenues for growth.(Read Full Article)
Although space was officially “sold out” in the US pavilion,(Read Full Article)
the EDC was able to acquire a space for three companies. We agreed to
coordinate the administration of the Massachusetts Pavilion and Hoppe
Technologies (Chicopee), Aimtek (Auburn) and Westfield Electroplating will join
us representing our aerospace manufacturing cluster.
EDC Senior VP Mike Graney will represent western
Massachusetts at several conferences and trade shows during 2013. Please
contact Mike at 413-755-1300 or email@example.com
if you want to discuss our Shared Service Center initiative, international
business development opportunities or any other interest in western
Massachusetts. Of course, we are always pleased to host companies and consultants
in Springfield, too.
April 14-16 Consultants Forum FDI St. Louis
April 22-25 BIO International Convention Chicago
May 13-15 Plastics in Medical Devices Boston (Waltham)
June 17-21 Paris Air Show
September 23-26 Adva Med Washington
November 20-22 Medica Düsseldorf
December 2-4 ...(Read Full Article)
Smith & Wesson's profit tripled in the quarter that ended Jan. 31, its first announced results since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., focused attention on the gun control debate.(Read Full Article)
Sequestration fallout: Westover, Barnes air bases would see millions of dollars in cutbacks and furloughs
Sequestration is a provision in budget law that will trigger $470 billion in across-the-board spending cuts spread over the next 10 years unless Congress(Read Full Article)
agrees on an alternative by Friday. These cuts would be in addition to the $487 billion in defense spending cuts the Pentagon already is making over the next 10 years.
For the past decade Paragon Manufacturing Inc.’s primary business has been defense contracting, making precision parts for aircraft-mounted Gatling guns, grenade launchers and the M2 50-caliber machine gun.(Read Full Article)
United Technologies Corp. expects to eliminate 3,000 employees from its overall work force this year and close 1.85 million square feet of building space, the company says in its annual report. UTC, based in Hartford, did not indicate where the job cuts and closings may be made. Its major Connecticut holdings include Pratt & Whitney, the former Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks, now part of UTC Aerospace Systems, and Sikorsky Aircraft.(Read Full Article)
ITT Exelis to close West Springfield manufacturing plant, lay off 200; cites expected cuts in U.S. defense spending
ITT Exelis announced Wednesday it will close down its manufacturing operation on 11 Interstate Drive at the end of June and lay off most of its 235-person workforce, a company spokesman said.(Read Full Article)