1. About Chicopee

    Chicopee

    Chicopee is a city located on the Connecticut River in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States of America. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2007 census, the city had a total population of 54,653, making it the second largest city in Western Massachusetts. The current mayor is Michael D. Bissonnette.


    The city is made up of several neighborhoods, the result of the city's origin as a collection of villages in the northern-most part of Springfield, which it seceded from in 1848. These villages are now represented by the neighborhoods of Aldenville, Willimansett, Chicopee Center (Cabotville), Chicopee Falls, and Fairview.

    The city has since filled in most of its open space resulting in a number of new neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include Chicomansett (often referred to as part of Willimansett, this area is located at the southern intersection of Meadow and Chicopee Streets northward to Meetinghouse Road), Ferry Lane (an offshoot of Chicomansett surrounding Ferry Lane), Sandy Hill (the area overlooking Chicopee Center, connecting Cabotville and Aldenville), and the geographically isolated Burnett Road neighborhood.

    Chicopee uses the nickname “Crossroads of New England” as part of a business-development marketing campaign. The name reflects the city's convenient location amongst a number of metropolitan areas and its transportation network. Chicopee is located 29 miles away from Hartford, 92 miles away from Boston, 90 miles from Albany, and 140 miles from New York City. Four highways run through its boundaries: I-90, I-91, I-291, and I-391. State routes such as Route 33, 116, and 141, are major providers of regional linkage. The city is home to Westover Metropolitan Airport and is also served by Bradley International Airport in nearby Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Westover Air Reserve Base, was built here in 1940. It has one of the largest runways on the east coast at 11,597 x 301 feet (92 m).

    Reflecting the Polish background of many of its residents, a number of Polish-American businesses are based in Chicopee. These include the Chicopee Provision Company,a major producer of Polish sausage kielbasa under the Blue Seal brand and Millie's Pierogi Company, a producer of traditional Polish dumplings pierogi. Chicopee held an annual kielbasa festival at the Fairfield Mall (now the site of Chicopee Crossing on Memorial Drive) until the mid 1990's. The festival featured the World's Largest Kielbasa for a number of years (several times the city's kielbasa lost to a kielbasa in Krakow, Poland).

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    1. As the third generation owner of The John R. Lyman Company, I am delighted to continue our commitment to Chicopee and to our local workforce. We have been manufacturing in this area for 104 years and hope to continue to many generations to come.
      In Chicopee firm plans upgrade
    2. Chicopee has done a lot of the right things. It is making major improvements in the infrastructure, the tax rate is under control and it has a pro-business government.
      Allan W. Blair in Downsizing at Callaway Golf will not cripple economy of Chicopee, city officials say
    3. Chicopee is uniquely positioned to benefit in a good economy.
      Michael D. Bissonnette in Chicopee cautiously optimistic about increased commercial development in 2011 if economy picks up
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    2. US Tsubaki in Chicopee considering $11.5 million expansion | masslive.com

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      US Tsubaki in Chicopee considering $11.5 million expansion | masslive.com One of the city's largest private employers is considering an about $11.5 million expansion that could add 35 new manufacturing jobs to the region. US Tsubaki Automotive LLC, which makes automotive timing chains and timing chain systems for most major manufactures including Honda, General Motors, Toyota and Ford, is considering adding a new product line to its facility on 106 Lonczak Drive. (Read Full Article)

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    3. Chicopee solar farm proposed for Burnett Road landfill | masslive.com

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      Chicopee solar farm proposed for Burnett Road landfill | masslive.com ...least 2000. The solar panels will cover about four acres on top of part of the landfill and will be tied into Chicopee Electric Light, which will purchase the electricity the panels generate. The company will also pay ta... (Read Full Article)

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    4. Pioneer Institute study tracks struggles in urban centers like Springfield, Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Pioneer Institute study tracks struggles in urban centers like Springfield, Holyoke | masslive.com ... are affecting 'middle cities' 14 struggling cities in the Bay State. The cities in the study which include Chicopee, Holyoke, Pittsfield, Springfield and Worcester generally have populations greater than 40,000 and p... (Read Full Article)

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    5. REGIONAL MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE BRIEFING Western Massachusetts

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      REGIONAL MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE BRIEFING Western Massachusetts ...chusetts Optional plant tour: Dielectrics, Inc. 300 Burnett Road, Chicopee Briefing Location and Date: Chicopee Comprehensive High School 617 Montgomery Street, Chicopee, MA February 23, 2016 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. ... (Read Full Article)

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    6. Plumbing Wholesale company moving to Chicopee; Will invest $3 million in business | masslive.com

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      Plumbing Wholesale company moving to Chicopee; Will invest $3 million in business | masslive.com A family-owned wholesale distributor plumbing and heating supplies plumbing from the Boston area has purchased a vacant warehouse building and has expanded its business to Western Massachusetts. P.V. Sullivan Supply Co., Inc. purchased the former Burke Beverage building at 1125 Sheridan St. and is currently renovating the 43,000 square-foot building, said Greg Hanley, account executive for the business. Over time the company expects to invest about $3 million ... (Read Full Article)

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    7. Elms College Programs Keep Pace with Community Needs

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      Elms College Programs Keep Pace with Community Needs ...asilica’s Sandwich Ministry in Chicopee, and free lunches are distributed every week during the van’s stop in Chicopee Center. In addition, traditional undergraduate nursing students work with Duffy at Lorraine’s Soup Ki... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Baystate Health   Chicopee

    8. Nexstar Broadcasting buying WWLP parent company; merger of local stations scrapped | masslive.com

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      Nexstar Broadcasting buying WWLP parent company; merger of local stations scrapped | masslive.com ...nalized a $4.6 billion deal to acquire Media General, owners of 71 TV stations including WWLP-TV, 22 News, in Chicopee. The deal will be finalized later this year subject to a vote by stockholders of both companies, FCC ... (Read Full Article)

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    9. Downtown Investments Spark Growth in Chicopee

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      Downtown Investments Spark Growth in Chicopee ... the cost of new construction.” The city is divided into distinct neighborhoods that include Chicopee Center, Chicopee Falls, Willimansett, Fairview, the Burnett Road area, and Aldenville, and last September the city hel... (Read Full Article)

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    10. Glenn Welch Takes the Reins at Freedom Credit Union

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      Glenn Welch Takes the Reins at Freedom Credit Union ...rough a merger with Franklin Hampshire Building Trades Credit Union in May 2004, followed by the opening of a Chicopee branch that November. The following year, a merger with Four Rivers Federal Credit Union brought Free... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Western New England University   Berkshire Bank

    11. Top Entrepreneurs 2015

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      Top Entrepreneurs 2015 ...ers and incorporate as Y Cash Super Markets. • 1952: The first Big Y Supermarket opens at 790 Memorial Dr. in Chicopee. • 1960: Fine wines and beer are added to the supermarket in Northampton, the company’s second. • 196... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   Northampton

    12. Gov. Charlie Baker: 24-hour Westover Air Reserve Base operation would boost Chicopee | masslive.com

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      Gov. Charlie Baker: 24-hour Westover Air Reserve Base operation would boost Chicopee | masslive.com Around-the-clock flight operations at Westover Metropolitan Airport and Westover Air Reserve Base would be a significant boon to a base that already generated $323.9 million in economic output and employed 3,990 people in 2013, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said during a visit to the base on Friday. Baker discussed ongoing improvements to the base following a tour. The event was part of a daylong swing through Western Massachusetts ... (Read Full Article)

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    13. Builders Benefit from a Boom in Auto-dealership Construction

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      Builders Benefit from a Boom in Auto-dealership Construction ...hould know, having tackled dozens of projects for auto dealers — most recently multiple projects for Curry in Chicopee, Sarat in Agawam, and the New York-based Lia Auto Group. “We’ve done probably a dozen facilities for ... (Read Full Article)

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    14. Mestek in Westfield, Riverbend Medical Group in Chicopee among workforce training grant recipients | masslive.com

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      Mestek in Westfield, Riverbend Medical Group in Chicopee among workforce training grant recipients | masslive.com The state of Massachusetts announced $8.9 million in Workforce Training Grant this week, some of them for area companies. In total, the grants will go to to 87 companies to help train more than 7,500 workers across the state and were announced at the headquarters of grant recipient Reebok Corp. in Canton. (Read Full Article)

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    15. Chicopee City Council will reconsider spending $425,000 to develop new industrial park | masslive.com

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      Chicopee City Council will reconsider spending $425,000 to develop new industrial park | masslive.com Mayor Richard J. Kos has proposed assisting the Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation with going through the permitting process for Air Park South by allocating $425,000 from the city's stabilization account to fund the complicated state requirements. In September, the City Council voted 8-5 to withdraw the money from the stabilization account. Officials originally thought the proposal passed, but later learned the Council needed nine votes, or a two-thirds ... (Read Full Article)

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    16. Westover's Great New England Air Show pumped $11.6 million into economy | masslive.com

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      Westover's Great New England Air Show pumped $11.6 million into economy | masslive.com ... pumped about $11.6 million into the local economy this spring, according to a new study. Westover officials, Chicopee Mayor Richard J. Kos, University of Massachusetts officials and the Galaxy Community Council, a non-p... (Read Full Article)

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