1. Articles in category: Aerospace/Defense

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    1. Promoting the Western Mass Aerospace Industry

      Explore From the EDC (May 22 2013)

      We hope that we receive a robust response as we want to be
      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.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    2. Strong showing in NORAD inspection may help 104th Fighter Wing at Westfield survive budget ax; $25 million for runway, improvements sought

      Explore masslive.com (May 16 2013)

      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.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    3. Eastec manufacturing show returns to the Big E in West Springfield | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (May 13 2013)

      Eastec manufacturing show returns to the Big E in West Springfield | masslive.com

      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.

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    4. Pratt & Whitney cuts 40 hourly jobs at East Hartford plant | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 8 2013)

      Pratt & Whitney cuts 40 hourly jobs at East Hartford plant | masslive.com

      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.

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      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   The Republican

    5. L-3 KEO president Michael Wall to retire at the end of the month; Matthew Richi to take helm at company formerly known as Kollmorgen

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 28 2013)

      L-3 KEO president Michael Wall to retire at the end of the month; Matthew Richi to take helm at company formerly known as Kollmorgen

      Business was so brisk at Kollmorgen that it outgrew its King Street headquarters and moved in 2011 to a new site on Village Hill with 50,000 square feet of additional space. Last year, the company was purchased by defense contractor L-3 Communications, which renamed it L-3 KEO.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Kollmorgen

    6. Looking to Make Some Waves

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 26 2013)

      Looking to Make Some Waves

      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.

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      Mentions:   Boeing   Western New England University   FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp.

    7. EDC Promotes Western Mass Presence at Paris Air Show

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 20 2013)

      EDC Promotes Western Mass Presence at Paris Air Show

      Although space was officially “sold out” in the US pavilion,
      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.

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      Mentions:   Boeing   Springfield   Chicopee

    8. The EDC on the Road

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 14 2013)

      The EDC on the Road

      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 m.graney@westernmassedc.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 ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    9. Smith & Wesson profit triples, outlook improves

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 7 2013)

      Smith & Wesson profit triples, outlook improves

      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.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    10. Sequestration fallout: Westover, Barnes air bases would see millions of dollars in cutbacks and furloughs

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 25 2013)

      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
      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.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   General Dynamics   Springfield

    11. Pioneer Valley feeling the impact of federal cuts, especially to defense

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 20 2013)

      Pioneer Valley feeling the impact of federal cuts, especially to defense

      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.

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    12. United Technologies plans to cut 3,000 jobs in 2013, filing says | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 19 2013)

      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.

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      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.

    13. ITT Exelis to close West Springfield manufacturing plant, lay off 200; cites expected cuts in U.S. defense spending

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 14 2013)

      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.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   ITT Exelis

    14. Barnes Regional Airport runway reconstruction could cause F-15 fighter jets to be temporarily transferred to Westover Air Force Base

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 5 2013)

      Barnes Regional Airport runway reconstruction could cause F-15 fighter jets to be temporarily transferred to Westover Air Force Base

      The project, which is estimated to cost at least $30 million, must be approved and funded by the Air National Guard, the Federal Aviation Administration, the city of Westfield and the state. It is very early in the planning process, he said.  If the runway is resurfaced, it will call for Fighter Wing’s F-15 Eagle fighter jets to be moved to another location while work is being done. Base officials are having discussions with those at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee and other airports in the northeast to find a temporary home for the planes, Mutti said.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    15. NE defense industry cautious about looming budget cuts - Boston Business Journal

      Explore The Business Journals (Feb 5 2013)

      What we do know is that defense spending plays a significant role in New England’s economy. According to the New England Defense Industry Report, released last summer by the Defense Technology Initiative, the region benefits from $34 billion in DoD and Homeland Security contracts, providing more than 319,000 jobs and over $22.6 billion in payroll. Massachusetts benefits the most, with 2500 companies receiving the lion’s share of defense-related contracts, totaling $13.9 billion, followed closely by Connecticut, with 1100 companies receiving $12.7 billion in defense spending.

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    16. Raytheon gets $33.3M DOD contract; General Dynamics snaps up $41.5M

      Explore bizjournals (Feb 1 2013)

      Raytheon gets $33.3M DOD contract; General Dynamics snaps up $41.5M

      Raytheon wasn’t the only New England company to get a piece of the DOD contract pie. General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. of Groton, Conn. was awarded a $41.5 million firm-fixed-priced modification to the previously awarded contract for maintenance and modernization of the USS Hartford submarine.

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      Mentions:   Raytheon

    17. Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee targeted for loss of 8 jets in latest move by military

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 24 2013)

      Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee targeted for loss of 8 jets in latest move by military

      He said he does not expect much of a dip in the economic impact the base has on the surrounding area. Air Force audits have shown Westover pumped about $238 million into the Western Massachusetts economy each year over the last two years.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    18. UTC Aerospace cuts jobs, ends machining at former Hamilton plant | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 22 2013)

      UTC Aerospace cuts jobs, ends machining at former Hamilton plant | masslive.com

      UTC Aerospace Systems laid off 30 salaried workers last Tuesday at its former Hamilton Sundstrand plant, a company official said.  At the same time, the company officially set the date to end machining operations at the Windsor Locks plant, scheduling the layoff of the last 41 hourly workers involved in traditional manufacturing there, Machinists union Local 743 President Tony Walter said.

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      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   The Republican

    19. Greenfield's Applied Dynamics Corp. on the move and growing

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 21 2013)

      Greenfield's Applied Dynamics Corp. on the move and growing

      Applied Dynamics has about 70 employees, not counting the Glens Falls operation. About 62 of those are in the Greenfield repair facility, with the rest being sales people deployed around the Northeast. Manning said he hopes to start building wind turbines within a year in space that is available in Glens Falls and that could push employment levels there above 20 or 30.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Raytheon   Springfield

    20. Pratt’s PurePower to lift Embraer’s E-Jet | HartfordBusiness.com

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Jan 11 2013)

      Brazilian jet-maker Embraer has chosen Pratt & Whitney Co.'s geared turbofan engine for its newest generation medium-range airliner, authorities say.

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    21. Budget cuts proposed for Westover Air Force, Barnes Air National Guard bases to face continued opposition from Western Massachusetts politicians

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 10 2013)

      Budget cuts proposed for Westover Air Force, Barnes Air National Guard bases to face continued opposition from Western Massachusetts politicians

      Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray began work last year to rally public and political support for preserving and growing jobs at the state’s six military installations. He formed a task force, now being led by retired Air National Guard Gen. Donald Quenneville.

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      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Springfield   Chicopee

    22. Pratt & Whitney gets $300M contract from South Korea Air Force

      Explore bizjournals (Jan 8 2013)

      Spokesman Shawn Watson told Mass High Tech that this is the first engine maintenance award Pratt & Whitney has received from the Republic of Korea.
      Pratt & Whitney’s F100 engine powers F-15 and F-16 aircraft worldwide, used by more than 23 air forces around the world, the company said. Pratt & Whitney has built more than 7,200 F100 engines, and also supplies the F135 engine for the F-35, F117 for the C-17 and F119 for the F-22.

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      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   Boeing   United Technologies

    23. Funding for Westover Air Reserve Base, Barnes National Guard Base included in national spending plan

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 3 2013)

      Military bases have a big impact on the Massachusetts economy, according to a report by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in 2012, which found that defense and security contracts support 130,000 jobs at 2,500 institutions in the state.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee   Westfield

    24. Westfield takes next step in $1.5 million redesign of Airport Industrial Road

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 10 2012)

      Westfield takes next step in $1.5 million redesign of Airport Industrial Road

      Work will begin early next year on the redesign and reconstruction of Airport Industrial Road, leading toward development of a new 80-acre Airport Industrial Park.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   The Republican

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