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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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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).Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
$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.Read more.
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).Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
'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.Read more.
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?Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
$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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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).Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
The Massachusetts Export Center’s Export Expo provides a forum for exporters to connect with the wide variety of export resources in Massachusetts.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.