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    1. Stable Condition

      Stable Condition
      In many respects, the phrase ‘jobless recovery’ still applies to the landscape in Western Mass. But one key sector where that term doesn’t fit, or at least to the same degree, is health care. Indeed, shortages exist in many specialities, and hiring remains steady across the field. This situation presents opportunities for job seekers and career changers, but many positions require degress and completion of challenging programs.
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    2. Going Great Guns

      Going Great Guns
      Steve Troy calls his venture, “the biggest company no one’s heard of.” And that’s largely due to his hard work to fly under the radar screen as he’s nurtured Troy Industries, a government contractor that designs, manufactures, and markets advanced small arms components and other products, into a diverse, cutting-edge company that will soon have 100 employees. But remaining anonymous is becoming increasingly difficult as this unique success story adds new and intriguing chapters.
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    3. Stories Worth Telling

      Stories Worth Telling
      Jeffrey Ciuffreda says the annual Super 60 luncheon is more than a recognition of individual achievement in business, although it is definitely that, too. It’s also a celebration of Western Mass. as a whole. “I believe this program is a great showcase of our region and truly shows the diversity of our employment base, our businesses, which is our strength,” said Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, which sponsors the event. “The list of winners includes human-services providers, manufacturers, institutions of higher education, technology, environmental firms, insurers, and more.”
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    4. Profiles in Business

      Profiles in Business
      “I can literally say that I started from scratch, and with the help of my wife, my brother, my sisters, and my parents, plus hard work and perseverance, our company is growing and prospering,” the typed speech reads. Don D’Amour noted that he and his cousin, company President Charles D’Amour, will be called upon for remarks at the 75th gala, and that, while he hadn’t yet finalized his remarks, he was quite certain that they would strike a very similar theme, although the second generation certainly didn’t start from scratch, a point he emphasized many times.
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    5. Grassroots Appeal

      Grassroots Appeal
      As secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Richard K. Sullivan Jr. heads up a sprawling mix of agencies that few states have placed under a similar umbrella. But the framework is a good one, he says, as the Commonwealth’s promotion of renewable-energy production goes hand-in-hand with its heavy investment in conservation and agriculture.
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    6. Profiles in Business

      Profiles in Business
      Vince Maniaci was talking about the profile of the typical American International College student. Before doing so, the school’s president made a point of qualifying things by noting that there is a great deal of diversity on his campus, and that individuals with varied backyards wind up there. That said, though, he admitted that many have certain things in common.
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    7. Big Y Employment Specialist Lindsay Pratola

      Big Y Employment Specialist Lindsay Pratola
      Experts say the job market in Western Mass. is on the upswing. Companies are beginning to replace people who were laid off, and in some sectors, jobs are actually going unfilled due to a lack of qualified candidates. But the recovery continues to be painfully slow, and employers are typically filling only one or two positions at time. And the way they find replacements or new hires has undergone a dramatic change as they seek to save time and money.
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    8. On the Cutting Edge

      On the Cutting Edge
      Thorn manufactures instrumentation and implantable surgical devices for the spine, knee, and hip using state-of-the-art computer numeric-controlled machinery. It also does its own laser marking, using a laser to mark parts for customers, as well as a process called passivation, which cleans instruments and implants with citric acid to remove imperfections in stainless steel or titanium.
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      Mentions: Springfield
    9. Programming the Future

      Programming the Future
      “The high-performance computing center will generate a lot of heat,” said Kathleen Anderson, director of Holyoke’s Office of Planning and Development. “If we did urban agriculture, we could take the heat from the computing center and pump it into greenhouses or possibly older mill buildings and start growing things.”Such a project, she said, could generate more than 100 jobs. “Then there’s distributors, processing plants up and down the Valley … how do you include them? An asset like that in Holyoke would need distribution, processing, transportation — how can we leverage that asset to help other businesses in the ...
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    10. Legacy of Growth

      Legacy of Growth
      Sean Gray says Berkshire Bank has become adept at mergers in recent years — not only executing them, but choosing the right ones. “Acquisition is one of our core competencies. We’re very focused on growth,” said Gray, executive vice president of retail banking for the Pittsfield-based institution. Indeed, late last month, Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc., the bank’s parent company, completed the acquisition of Legacy Bancorp Inc., also based in Pittsfield, and merged the two banks under the Berkshire Bank banner. The deal leaves Berkshire Hills with more than $4 billion in assets and a branch network of 63 locations ...
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      Mentions: Berkshire Bank
    11. To a Higher Plane

      To a Higher Plane
      Like all financial institutions in the region, Chicopee Savings Bank is struggling to grow in a challenging environment marked by historically low interest rates, razor-thin margins, and unparalleled competition. Despite the hurdles, the institution has managed to grow market share, increase deposits, and, in general, position itself for when there is less turbulence.
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    12. Recovery in Slow Motion

      Recovery in Slow Motion
      Jeff Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, took a glass-half-full outlook on the current situation, as might be expected given his title, but he said that the growing level of uncertainty will certainly challenge the economy to make any significant gains over the last third of the year. “Core businesses, including manufacturers, seem to be holding their own, and there have been relatively few layoffs,” he said while describing the regional picture, adding quickly that Baystate’s workforce reduction and a smaller cutback at Hasbro earlier in the year have been the notable exceptions. And ...
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    13. Back to the Drawing Board

      Back to the Drawing Board
      LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification is the industry’s new buzz term, incorporating various energy-saving programs and environmentally sound practices and materials. There aren’t many who would argue against these design attributes, but is the certification plaque on the wall worth the price of admission? “Yes, clients are concerned with the overall cost of a project, and in many cases they are making the conscious decision to do the right thing,” Edgin said, referring specifically to two current clients at work on new police stations, in Northampton and at UMass Amherst.
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    14. The Vision Project

      The Vision Project
      There are many moving parts to the state Department of Higher Education’s Vision Project, but the bottom line is jobs, or, to be more precise, properly preparing individuals for the jobs that define a new, technology-centered economy. The Vision Project aligns all 29 public colleges and universities behind seven identified goals — from improving graduation rates to getting more people into math and science fields — and adds several layers of accountability.
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    15. Leadership Pioneer Valley

      Leadership Pioneer Valley
      Recognizing the need to identify and cultivate young leaders, area civic and economic development leaders have created an initiative called Leadership Pioneer Valley. As the name suggests, this is a regional program — covering Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties — crafted to take emerging and existing leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, immerse them in a program to build leadership skills and educate them on the Valley, and then provide them with opportunities to put what they’re learned to work. This is a program, said its recently appointed director, that will have benefits for participants and the region as ...
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