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Three Fall River companies honored as manufacturers of the year
10.28.17

Three Fall River companies honored as manufacturers of the year

Three Fall River companies were honored at the Statehouse as a 2017 Manufacturer of the Year. Power Docks LLC, Merrow Manufacturing, and GS Rubber were nominated and awarded for their excellence and innovation.

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Sixth Round of AMP it up! Matching Grants Now Available to Connect Students with Advanced Manufacturing Careers
10.16.17

Sixth Round of AMP it up! Matching Grants Now Available to Connect Students with Advanced Manufacturing Careers

MassDevelopment is now accepting applications for matching grants to eligible organizations that will create innovative programs to educate students and adults about career options in advanced manufacturing.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $7 Million to Support Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives and Job Creation
10.06.17

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $7 Million to Support Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives and Job Creation

The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $7 million in funding to support growth in seven innovative advanced manufacturing projects across the Commonwealth through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2).

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News

11.14.17

The importance of servitization in manufacturing

As markets continually shift and competition continues to rise, the role of a manufacturer has changed drastically in the past few years. With a growing number of businesses stepping into the services field, manufacturing is clearly in the midst of an industry-wide servitization transformation.

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11.12.17

Business Newsmaker: Merida awarded Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Grant

American textile maker Merida, which designs and weaves made-to-order rugs in Fall River, is a 2017 recipient of a Workplace Training Fund grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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11.10.17

WBDC secures manufacturing campus land

The Worcester Business Development Corp. and the state signed a land disposition agreement Thursday for a planned 44-acre biomanufacturing campus near the UMass Medical School.

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11.06.17

Seaman Paper Company of Massachusetts, Inc. Wins 2017 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Safety

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized Seaman Paper Company of Massachusetss, Inc. with a 2017 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Safety for their Raising the Reels for Safety project. The award was presented at AF&PA's annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 3 in Greensboro, Georgia.

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10.31.17

Bemis recognized at state house for Manufacturing Month

Bemis Associates, Inc. of Shirley received a Manufacturer of the Year award at the State House ceremony last week.

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10.28.17

Three Fall River companies honored as manufacturers of the year

BOSTON — Three Fall River companies were honored at the Statehouse as a 2017 Manufacturer of the Year.

Power Docks LLC, Merrow Manufacturing, and GS Rubber were nominated and awarded for their excellence and innovation during a ceremony held Wednesday.

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10.27.17

Tegra Medical recognized as Massachusetts Manufacturing Caucus Award Winner

Tegra Medical was honored as a products leader in the first annual Massachusetts Manufacturing Caucus Awards. The award ceremony took place at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on October 26, 2016 with chairmen Senator Eric Lesser and Representative John Fernandes.

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10.26.17

Wave Life Sciences Unveils New Manufacturing Facility in Lexington, MA

Wave Life Sciences Ltd., a biotechnology company focused on delivering transformational therapies for patients with serious, genetically-defined diseases, today announced the public opening of its new 90,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and office space in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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10.26.17

Carlstrom Pressed Metal of Westboro honored as state Manufacturer of Year

State Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, presented Westboro-based Carlstrom Pressed Metal with a Manufacturer of the Year Award on Oct. 24 at a State House ceremony. As a member of the Legislature’s Manufacturing Caucus, Ms. Kane nominated Carlstrom Pressed Metal for the recognition.

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10.25.17

Sanofi pushes hard into robotics and analytics to get most out of manufacturing

Sanofi has spent the last five years and billions of dollars to create digital manufacturing plants that use robots and analytics as it pushes its processing into a brave new world. For example, its biologics plants in Framingham, Massachusetts, and Geel, Belgium, both use collaborative robots, or “cobots,” that will work next to humans for some processes and autonomous mobile robots for moving ingredients and equipment.

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10.25.17

Lawrence businesses honored with manufacturing awards

Two Lawrence-based manufacturing businesses were recently recognized at the Statehouse.  Lawrence-based apparel manufacturer 99Degrees Custom and Microsemi of Lawrence were honored as part of the second Manufacturing Month Award Ceremony highlighting manufacturers across the Commonwealth.

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10.24.17

Study evaluates offshore wind manufacturing sites

A new report details how much it would cost to ready each of 18 Massachusetts sites for offshore wind manufacturing, staging, and operations.

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10.23.17

Brammer Bio is Awarded MassEcon Impact Award

Brammer Bio, a best-in-class cell and gene therapy contract development and manufacturing organization, has been recognized by MassEcon for outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy.

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10.18.17

Fall River company makes Fortune’s Inner City 100 list

U.S. Bedding Inc. has made Fortune’s 2017 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest growing inner city companies in the United States.

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10.18.17

IIoT Driving Manufacturing Innovations

With cyber physical system advancements transforming the manufacturing sector, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is set to create a high impact in the near future.

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10.17.17

Gillette rolls out first-of-its-kind razor

Boston-based Gillette revealed today that the company plans to offer free samples of a new razor designed to groom men and women who are unable to shave themselves. 

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10.17.17

US Manufacturing Output Rises as Impact from Hurricanes Fades

U.S. factory production rose last month for the first time since June, a sign the industry is starting to regain its footing after the damage from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Federal Reserve data showed on Oct. 17. 

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10.17.17

LOWELL FOOD MANUFACTURER EXPANDS WITH MASSDEVELOPMENT BOND

MassDevelopment has issued a $4.6 million tax-exempt bond for Plenus Group Inc., a family-owned manufacturer of soups, sauces, and gourmet frozen foods based in Lowell.

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10.17.17

Lt. Gov. visits Franklin County to talk broadband, manufacturing awards

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito heard all about Franklin County’s recent broadband progress and roadblocks on Tuesday, visiting Charlemont, Colrain and Leyden for roundtable discussions.

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10.11.17

$9.5 Million in grants awarded for vocational equipment and programs

The state is awarding $9.5 million in Skills Capital Grants to 32 high schools, community colleges and educational institutions that will use the funds to purchase equipment, modernize operations, and boost enrollment capacity in career training programs.

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10.06.17

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $7 Million to Support Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives and Job Creation

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $7 million in funding to support growth in seven innovative advanced manufacturing projects across the Commonwealth through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2).

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10.06.17

UMass lands $500K grant for ‘intelligent Band-Aid’

Some day soon, researchers at the University of Massachussets Amherst hope to unveil a skin patch that will monitor the health of users as they go about daily activities. To fund the cutting-edge research, the university on Friday received a $500,000 state grant from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative, or M212.

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09.28.17

Table Talk Pies adding jobs, baking more pies

Worcester-based Table Talk Pies is expanding its operations with Thursday’s official opening of a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, adding more than 50 jobs to its 300-person workforce.

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09.28.17

Insulet will expand production to Acton, expects to add hundreds of jobs

When Insulet Corp. chief executive Patrick Sullivan wanted to shift some of his manufacturing from China to the United States, he looked at sites across this country.  In the end, though, Sullivan settled on a location less than 15 miles away from Insulet’s Billerica headquarters: a former Digital Equipment Corp. office building in Acton that has been vacant for at least 15 years.

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09.27.17

Manufacturers looking to hire in western Massachusetts

Some manufacturing companies here in western Massachusetts are looking for workers.To fill those jobs at several small companies, CareerPoint in Holyoke conducts frequent job fairs. OMG Roofing, Pelican Products, and U.S. Tsubaki were among the companies looking for potential workers through CareerPoint Wednesday.

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09.26.17

Now Accepting Applications! Site Readiness Program

The Site Readiness Program aims to boost the Commonwealth’s inventory of large, well-located, project-ready sites; accelerate private-sector investment in industrial and commercial projects; and support the conversion of abandoned sites and obsolete facilities into clean, actively-used, tax-generating properties.

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09.25.17

SBANE Is Now Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 Manufacturing Matching Grant Program

SBANE is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 program. To be eligible, companies must be manufacturing companies based in Massachusetts and must meet the criteria used by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to define a manufacturing corporation.

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09.25.17

MassDevelopment Provides $2 Million Emerging Technology Fund Loan for Amastan Technologies

MassDevelopment has provided a $2 million Emerging Technology Fund loan to Amastan Technologies LLC, a North Andover company that commercializes advanced clean production technologies for next-generation materials.

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09.22.17

Riptide Earns Frost & Sullivan Award

On September 18th, Frost and Sullivan presented Riptide Autonomous Solutions with its North American Product Leadership Award in the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) market.

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09.19.17

New Products Give Callaway Plant a Needed Bounce

Over the past century or so, golf balls — and golf-ball history — have been made in Chicopee. Indeed, the sprawling plant on Meadow Street that once bore the name ‘Spalding’ and now ‘Callaway’ has been home to a number of innovations and new products. In recent years, though, that tradition — not to mention the number of workers at the plant — has been in decline. However, a new and exciting golf-ball design is changing the landscape, in all kinds of ways.

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09.18.17

It’s time for manufacturers to stop leaving hidden profits on the table

Manufacturers with after-sales service organisations are racking up hidden costs from capital, service, time and resources by simply relying on their traditional ERP systems for service parts management.

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09.07.17

Think your production line couldn’t get any more productive? Think again

Even after you’ve used traditional tools like lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, there could be untapped opportunities for improving productivity.

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09.07.17

Automation to Transform Employment for Americans

Job insecurity has fueled a general unease among American workers, driven not by foreign competition but by advancing technology.

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09.07.17

Advances In Manufacturing Are Paving The Way For New Medicines

As advances in life sciences have begun to produce new medicines to treat a wide range of serious diseases, new therapies are generating headlines and hope.

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09.06.17

Robot Production Takes A Simplified Turn with MIT's Interactive Robogami

Robotics is certainly not a new topic in the engineering world. Various individuals, groups and governments have been investing huge amounts of time and money into several research projects aimed at enhancing our ability to effectively produce robots.

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09.04.17

Manufacturers bringing jobs back to Central Mass.

American companies are even bringing their jobs back from abroad, according to the national Reshoring Initiative, an organization promoting manufacturing jobs in America. About 338,000 jobs have been brought to the country from offshore since 2010, according to the organization's website.

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09.01.17

GE Relocates To Boston, Looks to Become an IIOT Leader Amid Transformation

GE is transforming; it has relocated to Boston and is positioning itself as a leader in the digital industrial era with its cloud-based Predix operating system and services.

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08.08.17

Institute for Applied Life Sciences Connects UMass with High-tech Industry

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences has opened four new core facilities to help advanced manufacturers to test designs and prototypes that could lead to a new product, a new customer or add jobs.

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08.04.17

Manufacturing Adds Jobs for Seventh Time in Eight Months

National payrolls added 209,000 jobs overall in July, more than 16% above the estimate, as the jobless rate matched its lowest point since 2001. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, the sector has averaged 12,500 jobs added since November and wages have increased 2.8% year-over-year to $1,092.03 per week.

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08.01.17

US Rep. Richard Neal touts precision manufacturing opportunities in Western Massachusetts, calls for closing skills gap

Highlighting the precision manufacturing and other high-skills job opportunities that are going unfilled across Berkshire County and Western Massachusetts, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, stressed Tuesday that more must be done to connect local residents to these positions. 

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07.26.17

Build American: The Case for Making it Here

There’s ample reason to be optimistic about manufacturing in America these days. Output has been steadily increasing, with the biggest jump—1%—in April, marking the fastest rate of growth since 2014, according to the Federal Reserve. At 75.9%, capacity utilization is up to a 20-month high.

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07.21.17

30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing

Manufacturing Engineering launched its 30 Under 30 project to honor young people who have the potential to be manufacturing leaders.  Today, in its fifth iteration, 30 Under 30 has become something of a tradition—one inspired by and supportive of SME’s longstanding efforts to improve and grow the manufacturing workforce.

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07.13.17

How to Fix Manufacturing's Poor Image

"The American public’s perception of manufacturing may be at an inflection point. The good news is manufacturing clearly matters to many Americans, with the vast majority viewing U.S. manufacturing as crucial to America’s economic prosperity, standard of living, and national security," said a new report. 

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07.13.17

'Sea of lettuce' will have more room to swim as Devens greenhouse expands

DEVENS - "It's about the product. You've got to deliver a better product."

That's what Little Leaf Farms CEO Paul Sellew says. And he should know. He grows and sells lots of produce. For the past year, thousands of clamshell boxes leave the 2.5-acre greenhouse every day.

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07.11.17

Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership-When Is It Time to Automate a Process?

Typically this question surfaces when the health and well-being of the workers and/or the business is threatened.

Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership: Have a question about lean leadership?

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07.11.17

Mass. improves on manufacturing indicators

Despite an average overall score, manufacturing in Massachusetts improved in several categories between 2016 and 2017, according to new data from Ball State University and Indiana's advanced manufacturing initiative.

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07.10.17

MassDevelopment Funds Cox Engineering Expansion in Randolph

MassDevelopment has issued a $6.3 million tax-exempt bond for Cox Engineering Company and related affiliates, a Canton business that designs, fabricates, and installs HVAC piping and sheet metal ductwork. Cox Engineering will use bond proceeds to buy and renovate a 73,000-square-foot building in Randolph for manufacturing. The company will also use proceeds to buy and install new manufacturing equipment, CNC machines, coil line for making ductwork, and line cutters.

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07.03.17

New Advanced Manufacturing Facilities at UMass Amherst Draw More than 120 to Grand Opening

More than 120 people from dozens of advanced and precision manufacturing firms, research and development companies, commercial lenders and community colleges crowded into the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) on June 30 to learn first-hand about how its newly opened core facilities can help them to boost the state’s manufacturing economy.  

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07.03.17

UMass Amherst opens core facilities labs to manufacturers

AMHERST - Edward Leyden of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam has a customer in Canada who wants him to make a tiny metal part using 3-D printing.

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06.27.17

MIT Tech Review names 3D printing startup as 'smartest' company in Massachusetts

The MIT Tech Review magazine's 2017 list of 50 Smartest Companies, released Tuesday, names five companies from Massachusetts. At the top of the local list — and No. 19 overall — is Desktop Metal Inc., the 3D printing startup that raised $97 million before unveiling its new technology in April.

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06.27.17

Siemens pumps millions into Massachusetts facility, creates 1K jobs

Siemens is breaking ground in Massachusetts on Friday to build a diagnostics, manufacturing and engineering site that will create more than 1,000 new jobs.

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06.19.17

Baker-Polito Administration, Industry Leaders Celebrate Opening of Advanced Textile Manufacturing Institute

Governor Charlie Baker today joined Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, United States Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics James MacStravic, MIT President Dr. L Rafael Reif, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) CEO Dr. Yoel Fink and industry leaders to celebrate the opening of the AFFOA headquarters and textile innovation hub.

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06.12.17

New Technology to Enhance Productivity for Manufacturing

The MassTLC/MassRobotics/MassMEP team under the Advanced Manufacturing Futures Fund Program grant, funded by MassDevelopment, held our final event on 7 June 2017 at MassRobotics in Boston.

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06.06.17

Shawsheen Tech students recognized for educational video

BILLERICA — Students from Shawsheen Tech were recognized on June 1 for their achievement in producing an educational video promoting careers in advanced manufacturing in Massachusetts.

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06.01.17

UMass Lowell gets $11.3M for advanced fabrics research center

The city of Lowell, once a center of the nation's textile industry, could reclaim that status if the city and its universities can help bring high-tech fabrics and embedded electronics to the market thanks to a state grant.

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05.31.17

$10 million state grant could trigger a second Industrial Revolution in Lowell

LOWELL -- It's cut from a different cloth than the looms and lofty brick buildings of the 19th century, but the textile industry could be making a come-back in the Mill City.

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05.31.17

New fabric center seeks to spin out advanced textile technology

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is returning to its textile roots, albeit with a high-tech spin.

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05.31.17

Downloaded Designs? UMass Lowell To Open Fabric Innovation Center

From watches to crock pots, these days it seems like almost every object can be connected to the internet. And your T-shirt could soon be next. A new institute at UMass Lowell — called a fabric discovery center — will work to create fabrics with a wide array of electronic capabilities, state officials announced Wednesday.

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05.31.17

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.3 Million to UMass Lowell For Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing

LOWELL – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced awards totaling $11.3 million to UMass Lowell to fund the creation of future technologies that will revolutionize the way fabrics are made and reinvent the textile industry in Lowell.

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05.31.17

Durfee wins Amp It Up! challenge again

FALL RIVER — B.M.C Durfee High School, in collaboration with the FRED TV program won the AMP It Up! Challenge for the second consecutive year. Students from B.M.C Durfee High School produced a video about Matouk Fine Linens in Fall River.

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05.25.17

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.2 Million to Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Discovery Center

Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $2.2 million grant to MIT Lincoln Laboratory to support the opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center. The Center is a collaboration between MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the US Army Natick Solider Research Development and Engineering Center, in partnership with the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA).

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05.24.17

Business briefs for May 24, 2017

B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, Newton North High School in Newton, Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Billerica and Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School in New Bedford have won the third AMP it up! Challenge, which invites students to research an advanced manufacturing innovation in their region and show its impacts in a three-minute video.

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05.24.17

Chamber's economic conference focuses on manufacturing

HAVERHILL — Local business leaders along with area city and town officials gathered at DiBurro's on Wednesday for an annual Economic Development Conference hosted by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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05.18.17

AMP it up! Challenge Winners

Boston – B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, Newton North High School in Newton, Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Billerica, and Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School in New Bedford have won the third AMP it up! Challenge, which invites students to research an advanced manufacturing innovation in their region and show its impacts in a three-minute video.

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05.17.17

B.M.C. Durfee, Newton North, Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical, and Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical Win AMP It Up! Challenge

B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, Newton North High School in Newton, Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Billerica, and Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School in New Bedford have won the third AMP it up! Challenge, which invites students to research an advanced manufacturing innovation in their region and show its impacts in a three-minute video.

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Events

11.17.17

Transform

MassTLC brings together senior executives to talk about how global, national, and regional current events connect and entwine. This is one day spent in conversation with forward-looking leaders on macro-trends, global upheaval, and technology.

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11.28.17

MTS Surge and CIE Maritime Innovations 2017

The Maritime Innovations Conference is the premier event in New England for connecting the marine technology industry for education, networking, and facilitating partnering opportunities.

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12.05.17

SBANE SBIR Matchmaking Workshop

Have you ever wondered how your innovative ideas or capabilities, either technology or services, can be delivered to the Department of Defense? If so, come hear how you can get a share of the $350 million of non-dilutive funds invested every year by the Navy in innovative ideas. SBANE is hosting a Navy SBIR Workshop to inform New England companies about the just released SBIR solicitation.

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12.05.17

Workforce Training Fund Information Session-Brockton

This information session provides an overview of all of the Workforce Training Fund programs. Topics covered include: the features and requirements of each program, funding availability, and application process.

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12.08.17

Export Expo

The Massachusetts Export Center’s Export Expo provides a forum for exporters to connect with the wide variety of export resources in Massachusetts.

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12.08.17

Putting the pieces together for medical device companies to grow!

Join us and learn how other Massachusetts Manufacturing companies are improving their bottom lines, learning the secrets of Six Sigma and Job Instruction focusing on work standardization and variance reduction, addressing the need for cybersecurity, and securing up to $250,000 in grant funds to support your workforce training needs.

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12.11.17

The Intersection of IoT and Robotics: How Sensors, Data, and Intelligence Are Redefining Industry

The convergence of IoT and robotics is redefining traditional industry. Join the conversation to hear what is happening today and predictions for the future in advanced manufacturing, smart cities, healthcare delivery, transportation and smart agriculture.

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12.11.17

ISO Internal Auditor 9001:2015

Create a successful ISO Audit Team in 2 Days. This course will increase your understanding of auditing techniques and will take you step-by-step through the stages of an internal audit from audit planning to closure and follow up.

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01.23.18

Navigating the Simplified General Grant Application

MassMEP and AIM HR Solutions have partnered to provide a workshop designed to help companies prepare and apply for training funds through the Workforce Training Fund’s General Grant program. 

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02.07.18

Direct Access – Principles of Lean Manufacturing

An interactive course that combines classroom instruction with intensive hands-on experience in the simulated shop-floor venue called Time Wise, Inc. Factory. Principles of Lean Manufacturing exposes the frailty of Traditional Manufacturing Concepts in a high volume, low variety mass production facility.

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04.10.18

North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit

The North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit brings together the “who’s who” of manufacturing executives, cutting edge technology providers and media partners for North America’s premier manufacturing event.

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