Manufacturing News & Events
MassEcon Announces Finalists for 15th Annual Economic Impact Awards
Eighteen companies from across the state have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, MassEcon’s 15th annual celebration of firms for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy.Read more.
Analog Devices Breaks Ground on New Global Headquarters in Wilmington, MA
Analog Devices, Inc. announced it has officially broken ground on its new global headquarters in Wilmington, Mass. The expanded facility will feature state of the art laboratories, design and manufacturing and cross-functional group collaboration space.Read more.
Manufacturing poised for a comeback at ex-Polartec plant as incubator leases space for startups
Manufacturing is returning to the former Polartec textile plant straddling the Lawrence-Methuen city line. CI Works has signed a five-year lease with IndusPAD, as the factory building is now called, to expand into a 90,000-square-foot space.Read more.
64% of manufacturers believe improvement is needed in their shop floor IT capabilities
Following research by InfinityQS, it has been revealed that 64% of manufacturers has admitted concerns about their shop-floor IT capabilities. The research, which was conducted through a survey by over 100 manufacturers, found that the firms branded their IT capabilities as being non-existent, weak or average-at-best.Read more.
Minuteman Technical Institute to launch five new training programs for adults
Over the next two years, Minuteman Technical Institute, a branch of the Minuteman School District, will expand its current post-secondary offerings for underemployed and unemployed adults, including recent high school graduates looking to start a career.Read more.
MassEcon Announces Finalists for 15th Annual Economic Impact Awards
Eighteen companies from across the state have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, MassEcon’s 15th annual celebration of firms for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy.
The finalists, spanning Greater Boston to Western Massachusetts, range in size and are drawn from manufacturing, distribution, life sciences, food, robotics, entertainment, and software.Read more.
How AI Builds A Better Manufacturing Process
Located 90 minutes west of Tokyo in the shadow of Mount Fuji, Oshino, Japan, is home to 9,000 people—which means that in any given year, the robots produced at the town’s FANUC plant outnumber humans by roughly seven to one.Read more.
Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Receives 2 Million Dollar Loan from MassDevelopment
MassDevelopment has approved a 2 Million dollar loan to Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Inc. (BSM) for expansion of the Company's sterile manufacturing facility located in Lee, MA.Read more.
Analog Devices Breaks Ground on New Global Headquarters in Wilmington, MA
Analog Devices, Inc. announced it has officially broken ground on its new global headquarters in Wilmington, Mass. The expanded facility will feature state of the art laboratories, design and manufacturing and cross-functional group collaboration space.Read more.
UMass Lowell fabric center aims to make smarter clothes
The new Fabric Discovery Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is about so much more than couture. Opened Thursday with a ceremony that included Governor Charlie Baker, the center will explore so-called smart clothing — fabrics with special properties and wearable electronics, such as flame-retardant pajamas for children, or military uniforms that track the locations of soldiers.Read more.
Valley Steel Stamp is receiving state money to expand their operations
Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield has run out of space for any new equipment or employees. The manufacturing company received a $1.9 million dollar MassDevelopment bond to help fund the construction of a new building, right next to their headquarters.Read more.
Manufacturing poised for a comeback at ex-Polartec plant as incubator leases space for startups
Manufacturing is returning to the former Polartec textile plant straddling the Lawrence-Methuen city line.Read more.
Chinese company to build $60M biomanufacturing facility in Worcester
A Chinese biotech company will build a $60-million facility at the Worcester Biomanufacturing Park, becoming the first tenant at the site of the former Worcester State Hospital, which the Worcester Business Development Corp. is attempting to turn into a major biotechnology hub.Read more.
MA Senate Passes Bill to Extend State’s Investment in Life Sciences Research
The Massachusetts State Senate passed a bill extending the state’s investment in life sciences research and training. The bill is based on the $1 billion, ten-year initiative launched by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2007.Read more.
Interstate Electrical Services Launches First Registered Apprentice Program for Manufacturing Assemblers in Massachusetts
Interstate Electrical Services Corp. today introduced the first apprenticeship program in Massachusetts specifically designed for manufacturing assemblers.Read more.
North Shore InnoVentures Wins Tech Incubator of the Year Award
North Shore InnoVentures (NSIV), a non-profit technology business incubator helping biotech and cleantech startups increase their probability of success, was presented with the Dinah Adkins Technology Incubator of the Year Award at this year’s International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) annual convention.Read more.
Methods Machine Tools celebrates 60th anniversary
This year, Methods Machine Tools Inc., headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, is celebrating its 60th anniversary.Read more.
New 3D printing technique enables faster, better, and cheaper models of patient-specific medical data for research and diagnosis
A new 3d printing technique allows images from MRI, CT, and other medical scans to be easily and quickly converted into physical models with unprecedented detail.Read more.
Durfee students among top finishers in Amp It Up Challenge
Fall River Educational Television students at B.M.C. Durfee High School placed among the top finishers in the state wide Amp it up! Challenge, which invites students to research an advanced manufacturing innovation in their region and show its impacts in a two-minute video.Read more.
Penn State New Kensington, MIT, Arconic project emphasizes smart manufacturing
A project by a partnership including Penn State New Kensington faculty and staff has received funding to increase awareness about "Industry 4.0," what could be the next industrial revolution.Read more.
Batch Ice Cream has new owners; David and Deborah LeRiche will market the all-natural ice cream product nationally
Batch Ice Cream, an all-natural, premium ice cream which has been a favorite in farmers’ markets, shops and supermarkets throughout the region since 2009, has new owners with big plans for expanding the popular brand across the nation.Read more.
Takeda to buy Shire for $62B, creating state’s largest drugmaker
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has agreed to acquire Shire plc for $62 billion, creating what will be the largest life sciences employer in Massachusetts with more than 5,000 employees, barring layoffs.Read more.
Saint-Gobain opens life science facility at UMMS
French building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain, already with a significant manufacturing presence in Worcester, is now bringing its life sciences division to the city.Read more.
Five Massachusetts Schools Win AMP it up! Challenge
Five schools from across Massachusetts have won the fourth AMP it up! Challenge, which invites students to research an advanced manufacturing innovation in their region and show its impacts in a two-minute video. Each school will receive $3,000 in prize money.Read more.
Bay State Wind signs agreements to build training center in New Bedford
Bay State Wind has signed agreements to develop a training center for future offshore wind workers in the city, the company announced Monday.Read more.
Manufacturers are underappreciated
In 2016, the manufacturing industry in Greater Worcester contributed more to the region's economy than health care, education, hospitality, finance, real estate, insurance and government. It's $7.2 billion in gross domestic product makes it the metropolitan area's No. 1 contributor in economic impact.Read more.
Manufacturing hiring rises to highest level since before the recession
Hiring in the manufacturing sector in February rose to the highest level since before the Great Recession began, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.Read more.
Sustainability Efforts in Manufacturing Bolstered by NAM, DOE Partnership
On April 10 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced the Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership.Read more.
Bay State Wind Brings New Steel Facility and Manufacturing Capabilities to Massachusetts
Bay State Wind, the 50-50 partnership between Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, and Eversource, New England’s premier transmission builder, today announced it has entered into an agreement with EEW, the international market leader in steel pipe manufacturing, to open and staff a Massachusetts facility to manufacture offshore wind components.Read more.
Maker of iconic Sweethearts and Clark Bar candies at risk of closing
The maker of Necco wafers, Skybar, Clark Bar, Mary Jane and Mighty Malts may have to cease operations and lay off 395 people if it can't find a buyer for the 171-year-old business by May 6, according to The Shelby Report. It is said to be the oldest multi-line candy manufacturer in the country.Read more.
Endeavor Robotics To Expand Chelmsford HQ
Endeavor Robotics this week announced a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its Chelmsford headquarters. The new space will be used to boost manufacturing capacity Endeavor needs for increased demand, the company said in a press release.Read more.
Riverdale Mills embraces Central Mass. manufacturing history
Northbridge wire mesh product manufacturer Riverdale Mills has had a busy few years, expanding its business to new markets and throwing their name into the ring to be part of President Donald Trump's wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. CEO James M. Knott, Jr. was named as WBJ's Large Business Leader of the Year for 2018.Read more.
Greentown Initiative Links Startups with Manufacturers
Adam Rodrigues, manufacturing fellow with Greentown labs, says his job description can be smashed down to two words: Making matches. That would be matches between startups across the state, and especially those within the 413, and manufacturers in Western Mass.Read more.
Nonprofits challenge Brandeis students to create innovative tools through 3D prin
A planter that waters itself? A farm irrigation system that runs on its own waste? A portable mattress that traps heat and weighs less than a suitcase? These inventions may seem futuristic, but a group of Brandeis students put their 3D printing skills to the test on March 17 and 18 to develop those creations and more as part of the Printathon V5.0 Design ChallengeRead more.
Brand-Name Manufacturers Could Be Liable for Generic Drug Injuries, Says Massachusetts Supreme Court
On March 16, 2018, Massachusetts joined a growing minority of states — California, Vermont and Illinois — recognizing innovator liability of name-brand drug manufacturers.Read more.
CRRC MA Wins Engineering Achievement Award
The CRRC MA rail-car manufacturing facility at the former Westinghouse site was honored as the state’s outstanding engineering achievement of the year by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts.Read more.
Why the Automation Boom Could Be Followed by a Bust
You may not be sharing your office with a robot yet, but the next wave of automation has begun. Humanoid service robots, machine learning algorithms and autonomous logistics will replace millions of service workers in the coming decade.Read more.
Baker Delivers Funding For Pittsfield's Long-awaited Innovation Center
Gov. Charlie Baker and other state and local officials announced the final piece of funding to make the Berkshire Innovation Center a reality and a groundbreaking for the $13.7 million project is expected this fall.Read more.
$3.9 Million Grant Given To Defense Fabric Discovery Center
The Defense Fabric Discovery Center — a collaboration between Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research and Development and Engineering Center — opened late last year has received a $3.9 million grant from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2).Read more.
MassMEP Presents Manufacturing Leadership Award to North Easton Machine Company
MassMEP, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is pleased to present the 2nd annual Jack Healy Manufacturing Leadership Award to North Easton Machine Company, Inc. North Easton is being recognized for their dedication to training and for building a skilled workforce.Read more.
MassRobotics receives grant to expand in Boston, USA
Independent, non-profit organization MassRobotics has received a $2.5 million MassWorks grant to help it expand its operations.Read more.
UMass Lowell Partners on research to prevent catastrophic failures of buildings, bridges and more
A team of UMass Lowell researchers has partnered with a research and development company to create new, cost-effective sensor-laden textiles that can be used to monitor the structural health and integrity of vital infrastructures across the country, including buildings and skyscrapers, roadways, bridges, tunnels, railway tracks, dams and pipelines.Read more.
Department of Energy Announces $35 Million for Emerging Research Projects to Address Manufacturing Challenges
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million for 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing. These projects were selected under an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office funding opportunity, focused on advanced materials, advanced processes, and modeling and analysis tools for materials and manufacturing.Read more.
Raising the Alarm for US Manufacturing
Michele Nash-Hoff has been crisscrossing the United States in recent years visiting American factories, warning of threats to domestic manufacturing and offering advice on how to rebuild the manufacturing ecosystem.Read more.
North Easton Machine Company to receive award
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, or MassMEP, recently announced that it will present the second Jack Healy Manufacturing Leadership Award to North Easton Machine Company Inc.Read more.
Department of Energy unveils $3 million prize in solar power innovation contest
Via the DoE the US government is sponsoring a $3 million prize competition for inventors and entrepreneurs who can accelerate the US solar industry through rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and proof-of-concept testing.Read more.
Three Central Mass. groups land $28K for manufacturing career grants
Mass Development has awarded $100,000 in matching manufacturing career grants to 12 Massachusetts partnerships, including three in Central Mass. receiving $28,000 total.Read more.
Merrimack Valley Schools to Benefit from Advanced Manufacturing Program Grants
Students across the Merrimack Valley have a chance to deepen their knowledge of advanced manufacturing using grant funds issued to the Lawrence-based Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board.Read more.
AMP it up! Matching Grants to 12 Partnerships
MassDevelopment today announced 12 partnerships will receive AMP it up! matching grants for outreach and other innovative programs that will educate young people and adults about career options in advanced manufacturing.Read more.
MassMEP Launches New Mechanical Systems Skills Training, Graduates First Class
MassMEP's Mechanical Systems Skills Training provides comprehensive training in mechanical power transmission for the shop floor. "The new training was designed to address the lack of mechanical skills in manufacturing," stated John Killam, President MassMEP. Eight people participated the first class. The next class starts March 5, 2018 and will be offered two days a week, three hours per day for four weeks.Read more.
BioFabUSA Winter 2018 Project Call Open for Submissions
ARMI | BioFabUSA's Winter 2018 Project Call is now open.Read more.
New filters could enable manufacturers to perform highly selective chemical separation
A team of chemical and biological engineers has developed highly selective membrane filters that could enable manufacturers to separate and purify chemicals in ways that are currently impossible, allowing them to potentially use less energy and cut carbon emissions, according to findings published in print today in the journal ACS Nano.Read more.
State Senator Eric Lesser tours vocational training facility
State Senator Eric Lesser toured the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative on Tuesday in West Springfield. They have a unique program designed to provide vocational training to students who live in towns that don’t have their own vocational school.Read more.
How Manufacturing Companies Get Younger Generations Interested in Manufacturing Careers
At a time when the manufacturing industry is on the cusp of radical change driven by tech advances ranging from 3D printing to artificial intelligence powered robotics, there is a major problem. As Baby Boomers working in the manufacturing industry retire in droves, it turns out that younger people aren’t very interested in taking their place.Read more.
Why local manufacturers want to hire teenagers
"It's tough to stay with technology," Precision Machine instructor David Fox admitted Thursday. In the manufacturing field, companies constantly seek newer, fastest ways to create their products and engineers who can help them pioneer better methods.Read more.
Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Pediatric Device Consortium Announce Pediatric Medical Device Challenge Winners
Five organizations awarded a total of more than $200,000 in grants and access to leading medical device strategic partners to advance technologies that bridge gaps in pediatric treatment and care.Read more.
MassMEP Partners in New Manufacturing USA Institute
MassMEP is pleased to announce that it is part of the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), a new public-private Manufacturing USA initiative. Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, ARMI is the 12th Manufacturing USA Institute.Read more.
WPI, QCC get $4M state grant to start photonics lab
Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Quinsigamond Community College have received a $4 million grant to start an integrated photonics laboratory together, college and state officials announced Thursday.Read more.
A Holistic View of Laser Machining
At the JEC World Composite Show in Paris in March 2018, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be focusing on the latest trends and innovations in laser machining of composites.Read more.
New technique eases production, customization of soft robotics
“We’re really excited, because we’re providing a (technique) to successfully integrate different materials in a way that is streamlined and supports numerous practical applications,” said Stephen Morin, assistant professor of chemistry. “We think that can really offer new opportunities to the community.”Read more.
What Will Robotics and Automation Mean for Food System Workers?
Tech entrepreneurs talk about how robotics will solve labor shortages and make food system work safer and more efficient. Laborers fear robots will lead to the displacement of millions of workers who are not trained for a new, digital economy while lining the pockets of tech CEOs.Read more.
Local robotics team helps preserve Minuteman National Park orchards
The GearTicks, a local robotics team based in Lincoln, has designed and installed specialized fencing to protect new apple orchards at Minuteman National Park from deer and other wildlife.Read more.
Mashpee Robotics Team Advances To Three-State Championship
Speed is the key to the winning in a competition between robots, Mashpee High School's robotics team says.This year, the four-member team is pinning its hopes on the speedy new robot they created (and nicknamed Sheila) as they prepare to compete at the VEX Robotics Southern New England Championship on March 3 and 4.Read more.
MIT researchers find that melting can prevent adhesion in metal 3D printing
Researchers at MIT have developed a new way for getting sprayed metal coatings to adhere, in a study that could have big implications for metal 3D printing. The researchers used an ultra-fast camera to observe a spray coating process and discover the ideal conditions for metal bonding.Read more.
UNCC’s Hands-On Approach to Manufacturing Research
Starting this month, TechFront has a new format that spotlights manufacturing research programs at key universities, followed by summaries of recent research in SME’s Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Manufacturing Processes and Manufacturing Letters, all published by Elsevier Ltd.Read more.
Furrion Robotics’ 8,000-pound Prosthesis mech takes a big step toward the future
Furrion Robotics is going full-steam ahead with research into mechs. Its Prosthesis mech was one of the coolest things at CES 2017, and although the first test run was brief, to say the least, it’s still an exciting project.Read more.
How Robots Are Helping A Furniture Shop Without Putting Workers Out Of Jobs
As technology advances and robots learn new tricks like folding laundry, it makes people wonder, is my job safe? That is the name of an NPR series that looks at how tech is changing our work, and today, furniture making. It's based on old-fashioned handiwork, but a furniture maker in Massachusetts is using robots not to replace workers, but to help them.Read more.
Continuous Flow Manufacturing In Space Station Test
Among the experiments carried to the International Space Station in mid-December is a test of continuous separations of one liquid from another, used in drug and chemical manufacturing. The experiment is evaluating a process developed by Zaiput Flow Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a 4 year-old spin-off enterprise from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Read more.
Scientists create 3D printed wearable sensors for plants, enabling measurements of water use in crops
Scientists at Iowa State University are using 3D printing to make graphene-based sensors-on-tape that can be used to collect data about water use in crops. The sensors could also be used in biomedical diagnostics, architecture, and other fields.Read more.
Nashoba Valley Tech announces new program
Nashoba Valley Technical High School is one of 10 technical high schools in Massachusetts targeted for a new program through which Bay State residents interested in careers in advanced manufacturing can take classes and be eligible for state and federal financial aid to pay for their training.Read more.
3D-printed organs could soon be real
A group of researchers have made a breakthrough in 3D printing by creating a bio-ink that can piece complicated biological structures with different kinds of cells, paving way for 3D printed organs that could revolutionize health care.Read more.
Will Millennials Change Manufacturing?
The largest generation in the U.S. is taking its place in manufacturing -- and the experts are betting this tech-savvy cohort is ready to stir things up.Read more.
GLTS to provide advanced manufacturing courses for adults
Adults looking to take advanced manufacturing courses will soon be able to do so for credit at Greater Lawrence Tech.Read more.
The global market for machine tool manufacturing reached $83.5 billion in 2016
The global market for machine tool manufacturing reached $83.5 billion in 2016.Read more.
Massachusetts invests millions on futuristic fiber hub hopes
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has announced a $3.9 million grant to support the second phase of research and development at the Defense Fabric Discovery Center.Read more.
Minuteman to participate in new advanced-manufacturing certificate program for adults
Minuteman High School is one of 10 vocational-technical high schools that will be participating in a new educational initiative designed to train adults for high-wage, skill-intensive careers in advanced manufacturing. [Minuteman High School logo]
The certificate program was announced byRead more.
Massachusetts Report Tallies Clean Energy Jobs
Employing a total of 109,226 workers, Massachusetts’ clean energy sector grew by 4% between 2016 and 2017, according to the new “Clean Energy Industry Report” from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).Read more.
Taunton's Founders Science Group to Buy New Equipment with MassDevelopment Loan
MassDevelopment has provided a $250,000 equipment loan and an export guarantee for Founders Science Group, a Taunton company that provides pilot scale manufacturing and research and development support for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and personal care industries.Read more.
At Shawsheen, machine shop looks to future
With the average age of a skilled machinist at 58 in Massachusetts, industry experts foresee a retirement trend approaching, which will result in a great need for employees.Read more.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $3.9 Million Grant to Expand Research into Advanced Fibers & Fabrics for Defense Sector
Today, the Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative announced a $3.9 million grant to support the second phase of research & development at the Defense Fabric Discovery Center, a cutting-edge research hub which opened in October.Read more.
MilliporeSigma Signs Commercial Supply Agreement with bluebird bio for Viral Vector Manufacturing
MilliporeSigma today announced that it has signed a commercial supply agreement to manufacture viral vectors for bluebird bio, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, for its use in potentially transformative gene therapies.Read more.
5th grade students get a look at manufacturing careers in Holyoke
A 5th grade class from McMahon Elementary School and Holyoke School’s Superintendent visited the Hazen Paper Company Tuesday.Read more.
Unique Solution to Filling Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in Massachusetts
Massachusetts just created a new way to bulk up its advanced manufacturing workforce. A new program, called the Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program, offered to adults who want to learn new skills in advanced manufacturing, was announced on Dec. 14.Read more.
Cape Cod Chips Purchased In $5B Deal
Cape Cod's signature snack has a new owner. Campbell Soup on Monday announced it purchased North Carolina-based Snyder's-Lance for $4.9 billion.Read more.
The Future Of Industrial IoT: Q&A With Rich Rogers, SVP, Hitachi Vantara
The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly becoming an integral part of companies—their strategies, their day-to-day activities and their futures. In fact, when 500 executives were recently surveyed by Forbes Insights, more than 90% said IoT would be important to the future of their companies.Read more.
Top CEOs Share How They Are Transforming Manufacturing, Not-For-Profit, And Financial Services
As CEOs look to innovate and lead industries, they often seek both unexpected and fundamental insight.Read more.
New program to open doors for Massachusetts workers into advanced manufacturing
In an effort to open doors for Massachusetts workers to get into the growing field of advanced and high-tech manufacturing, Gov. Baker is launching a new initiative Thursday.Read more.
Governor Baker Announces Program to Expand Workforce In Advanced Manufacturing
Massachusetts is known for its healthcare services, tech workers and higher education. But Governor Charlie Baker tells WGBH's Morning Edition that nearly 20 percent of all jobs in the state are in manufacturing, and a new program he’s announcing today aims to provide the right workforce for an evolving industry.Read more.
Enabling the Next Generation of Pre-Filled Syringes from Design to Manufacturing
SMi’s next annual conference in the global series of events on Pre-Filled Syringes will return to Boston, Massachusetts next April with Pre-Filled Syringes East Coast 2018.Read more.
Central Mass. receives $40,000 grant for paid STEM internships
The Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board and the city of Worcester are one of five recipients of $200,000 in state grants to help increase internship opportunities in STEM fields for high school students.Read more.
Massachusetts Names Manufacturing Grant Awardees at State House
This week the Baker-Polito Administration, in coordination with the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), awarded $216,067 to 32 small and medium-sized manufacturers based in Massachusetts that will support more than 1,400 jobs across the Commonwealth.Read more.
Three Tech-Fueled Game-changers for Manufacturing in 2018
What will be disrupting the manufacturing industry in 2018? Try IoT being built into the product design, manufacturers adopting a more service-centric business model, and 3D printing reaching the tipping point of realizing business benefits on a large scale.Read more.
Shoes built just for your feet? Custom headphones? They’re not far away
Now, technologies including 3-D scanning are bringing consumer products companies closer to developing custom-fit versions of mass-produced goods. But despite the futuristic promise in the field, few products have yet broken through to a broad audience.Read more.
North American Automation Market Shattering Records in 2017
The North American automation market set new records through the first nine months of 2017, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the leading global advocate for the benefits of automating.Read more.
The Hollywood Technology Kicking Shoe Design Into a New Dimension
After more than a century in the footwear design business, New Balance has a history of creating some of the most iconic shoes in the world of sport and fashion.Read more.
Crane Currency To Be Sold For $800M, Manufacturing Will Remain In Dalton
Currency titan Crane & Co., headquartered in Boston, is being sold for $800 million to a Connecticut company with a similar name. The company has strong ties to the Berkshires.Read more.
Manufacturers respond to health edicts in food and drink recipes
The WHO supports sugar taxes as one of a series of measures to promote healthy eating and, to date, around 20 countries have introduced a form of sugar tax, including Mexico, France, South Africa and Norway.
Students tour Little Leaf Farms
Students from the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster participated in a special tour of Little Leaf Farms.
Manufacturing USA Releases its 2016 Annual Report
Manufacturing USA today released its 2016 Annual Report to Congress. The report describes the program’s work in helping to move discoveries in the nation’s universities and research laboratories to the shop floor here in America.Read more.
MIT Develops 3D Desktop Printer That is 10 Times Faster Than Existing Counterparts
Engineers at MIT have developed a new desktop 3D printer that performs up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts. Whereas the most common printers may fabricate a few Lego-sized bricks in one hour, the new design can print similarly sized objects in just a few minutes.Read more.
Cool Stuff Made in Central Massachusetts
A supplement to Worcester Business Journal. Fall 2017/18 Edition.Read more.
Brammer Bio Launches Gene Therapy Product Manufacturing Operations in Massachusetts
Brammer Bio today announced the completion of renovations and launch of its late-stage clinical capacity and commercial-ready cGMP manufacturing site in Cambridge, Massachusetts for gene therapy products.Read more.
Gov. Baker Congratulates 15 Statewide Winners of MassEcon Impact Awards
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday congratulated the 15 MassEcon winners of the Fourteenth Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, telling them, “You have competed in all shapes and sizes and played in all kinds of spaces” in the Commonwealth.Read more.
Emergent BioSolutions (EBS) Receives FDA Approval to Manufacture ACAM2000 at Canton, Massachusetts Facility
Emergent BioSolutions Inc today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the supplemental Biologics License Application for the manufacture of ACAM2000®, (Smallpox (Vaccinia) Vaccine, Live) in the company’s newly-acquired cGMP live viral manufacturing facility in Canton, Massachusetts.Read more.
Greentown Labs Gears Up to Open New Center
Greentown Labs, the country’s largest cleantech startup incubator, will open a facility in early December that will more than double its square footage.Read more.
Massachusetts Adds 4,800 Jobs in October
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) preliminary job estimates indicate Massachusetts added 4,800 jobs in October.Read more.
Revolution Composites expands manufacturing facility
Revolution Composites has expanded its manufacturing facility in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA. The 10,000 ft2 addition reportedly provides room for future growth.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.
Little Leaf grows lettuce year-round without human hands
The farm of the future is in a nondescript greenhouse down a wooded residential road next to a site where the military once trained for the Vietnam War.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.
'Old School' Manufacturing Meets The New 3D Revolution In Mass.
Welcome to the new Massachusetts industrial revolution, where workers, armed with computing power and automation, have made manufacturing a comeback story in the state.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.
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AFFOA and VMS launch Advanced Fabrics Entrepreneurship Program
AFFOA has now partnered with MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) to foster a new program that aims to prepare the next generation of smart-fabrics entrepreneurs.Read more.
Manufacturing Is Changing Dramatically. Who’s Ready to Work?
U.S. manufacturing companies are expected to face a shortage of two million skilled workers by the year 2020. As a result, manufacturers and educators are looking for real, actionable ideas to train workers, reduce the shortfall and realize the potential of the new age of manufacturing.Read more.
The FUTURE of Manufacturing
MassMEP is proud to present the first regional event showcasing the emerging technologies being developed by the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Join us on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the DCU Center in Worcester for The Future of Manufacturing Symposium and discover future technologies opportunities for U.S. businesses and education institutions.Read more.
The 9th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit
Fast Forward: Preparing the Workforce of the FutureRead more.
Building a Strategic Marketing Plan Primed for Growth & Marketing
Lean manufacturing will take you far, but it is exponentially more valuable when paired with a strategic plan for long-term growth.Read more.