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Massachusetts Manufacturing Month 2017
10.01.17

Massachusetts Manufacturing Month 2017

To celebrate October’s Massachusetts Manufacturing Month, manufacturers will host speakers and hold events that showcase their innovative manufacturing capabilities and products.

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Manufacturing Adds Jobs for Seventh Time in Eight Months
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.

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

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News

09.07.17

Automation for 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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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

2018 Step Ahead Awards Nominations Open

The STEP Ahead Awards highlight the achievements of real women in manufacturing on a national stage, and further encourages women to mentor, and support the next generation of female talent to pursue manufacturing careers. Nominations for the 2018 STEP Ahead Awards are open! Click here to nominate a woman leader in manufacturing. The nomination period will close September 29, 2017.

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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

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

09.19.17

Navigating the Newly 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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09.21.17

Cybersecurity Framework Steps for Manufacturers Info. Session

Cybersecurity guidelines required by the Department of Defense (DoD) are likely to have an enormous impact on hundreds of Massachusetts approved manufacturers who may have received DoD contracts in 2016.  Join us and learn how ISO/IEC 27001 can keep you from being hacked.

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09.26.17

Cybersecurity Framework Steps for Manufacturers Info. Session

Cybersecurity guidelines required by the Department of Defense (DoD) are likely to have an enormous impact on hundreds of Massachusetts approved manufacturers who may have received DoD contracts in 2016.  Join us and learn how ISO/IEC 27001 can keep you from being hacked.
 

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Manufacturing Month Event 09.29.17

Kronos Incorporated & Flex

This event is focused on students and young people in the Greater Boston area. They will get a chance to tour Flex' new Boston Innovation Center, learn…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.05.17

Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., Inc. Facility Tour and Presentation

Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., Inc. will be hosting upper classmen students from local high schools in our community to introduce them to a manufacturing environment. Students…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.05.17

Evolutions in Business

Career opportunities for business minded people in Trade Compliance 
Must register in advance Nicolette@eib.com Who should attend: business minded high school and college students as well a para…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

North Easton Machine Facility Tour

This event gives students, teachers, political leaders, and community members an opportunity to tour our facility and learn about the manufacturing industry and the benefits of…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

Quinsigamond Community College Facility Tour and Presentation

Quinsigamond Community College will be running numerous events on Manufacturing Day. Events include a panel discussion among some recent graduates who are working in advanced manufacturing…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

Synventive Molding Solutions Facility Tour, Presentation and Manufacturing Expo

Synventive Molding Solutions will be hosting various groups of students, elected officials, media and community members at our North American headquarters in Peabody, MA. 

All tours will be…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

AccuRounds Facility Tour and Presentation

We invite you to experience the vibrant manufacturing industry with a tour of AccuRounds.

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

F.H. Peterson Machine Corp. Facility Tour

We are a 40,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility that machines a wide array of components for industries such as Defense, Power Generation, Satellite-Optical, Aerospace, Food Service…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

AMI Facility Tour, Manufacturing Expo and Presentation

Tour AMI's Electronic Prototyping Center located in Somerville's Innovation Row district. You will see AMI's automated PCB assembly line in action and learn about electronics manufacturing at this…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

MassMEP-Join a Race Car "Pit Crew"--Invitation-Only Event

This unique “Learn by Doing” training will be facilitated by MassMEP and a race team crew from the Ken Bouchard.

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

Medtronic Facility Tour and Presentation

Invitation only - local students can take a tour of the facility and learn about the different healthcare products that we make. A presentation will be included. 

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

Dell Facility Tour

Come and visit a world class information technology manufacturing site. Dell is a powerhouse in the IT world. With the recent merger of EMC and Dell,…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

Methods Machine Tools Student Day

Manufacturing day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. As part of Manufacturing Day, on Friday October 6th we…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

Boston Centerless

Learn about the importance of manufacturing and the excellent career opportunities that are available in the field. These tours will showcase the rewarding, highly skilled jobs…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.06.17

Steel Art Co. Open House

Steel Art Company is proud to be hosting, for the third year in a row, an open house in celebration of Manufacturing Day! An exciting program…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.12.17

MassMEP-Principles of Lean Office

In the beginning, Lean tools and concepts were only applied on the factory floor. Today, organizations of all sizes are applying the power of Lean to…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.17.17

MassMEP-Marketing for Manufacturers Redefined & 10 Tips to Implement Now

Marketing is no longer about sales brochures, logos and creative. Cutting edge manufacturers are embracing a marketing playbook that is consumed with growth and lead generation…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.19.17

Pace Industries - Cambridge Division

During Manufacturing Day, students will go on a plant tour where they will be able to see every part of the facility and learn about the…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.19.17

MassMEP-Improve your Workforce Utilizing State Training Dollars

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.24.17

Greentown Learn Rocket Pitch Solutions

Manufacturing Rocket Pitch for Solutions Event!
Come see local hardware startups pitch their products to a panel of Worcester area manufacturers and supply chain experts.

Are you a…

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Manufacturing Month Event 10.24.17

MassMEP-Building a Strategic Marketing Plan

Building a Strategic Marketing Plan Primed for Growth & Marketing Tools that every Manufacturer Should Leverage

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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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