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Nashoba Valley Tech announces new program
12.28.17

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.

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New program to open doors for Massachusetts workers into advanced manufacturing
12.14.17

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.

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10.26.17

Enter the AMP it up! Video Challenge today.

The AMP it up! Video Challenge invites students to visit a local Massachusetts manufacturer and research the inner workings of the company’s manufacturing operation. What does the company make? Why is it important? How does the product impact the world around them?

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01.11.18

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.

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01.10.18

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. 

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01.10.18

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.”

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01.10.18

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.

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01.10.18

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.

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01.10.18

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.

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01.09.18

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.

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01.09.18

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.

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01.09.18

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.

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01.05.18

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.

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01.05.18

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.

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12.28.17

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.

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12.28.17

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.

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12.28.17

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.

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12.27.17

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.

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12.27.17

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.

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12.25.17

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.

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12.21.17

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 by

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12.21.17

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).

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12.21.17

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.

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12.20.17

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.

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12.20.17

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.

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12.20.17

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.

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12.19.17

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.

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12.19.17

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.

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12.18.17

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.

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12.18.17

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.

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12.15.17

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.

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12.14.17

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. 

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12.14.17

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.

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12.13.17

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.

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12.13.17

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.

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12.13.17

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.

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12.13.17

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.

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12.13.17

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.

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12.12.17

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.

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12.12.17

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.

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12.06.17

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.

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12.06.17

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.

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12.01.17

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.
 

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11.29.17

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.

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11.29.17

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.

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11.29.17

Cool Stuff Made in Central Massachusetts

A supplement to Worcester Business Journal. Fall 2017/18 Edition.

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11.27.17

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.

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11.22.17

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.

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11.20.17

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.

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11.17.17

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.

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11.17.17

Massachusetts Adds 4,800 Jobs in October

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) preliminary job estimates indicate Massachusetts added 4,800 jobs in October.

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11.16.17

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.

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11.14.17

The importance of servitization in manufacturing

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

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11.13.17

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.

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11.12.17

Business Newsmaker: Merida awarded Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Grant

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

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11.10.17

WBDC secures manufacturing campus land

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

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11.06.17

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

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

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11.03.17

'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.

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10.31.17

Bemis recognized at state house for Manufacturing Month

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

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10.28.17

Three Fall River companies honored as manufacturers of the year

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

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

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10.27.17

Tegra Medical recognized as Massachusetts Manufacturing Caucus Award Winner

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

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10.26.17

Wave Life Sciences Unveils New Manufacturing Facility in Lexington, MA

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

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10.26.17

Carlstrom Pressed Metal of Westboro honored as state Manufacturer of Year

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

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10.25.17

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

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

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10.25.17

Lawrence businesses honored with manufacturing awards

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

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10.24.17

Study evaluates offshore wind manufacturing sites

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

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10.23.17

Brammer Bio is Awarded MassEcon Impact Award

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

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10.18.17

Fall River company makes Fortune’s Inner City 100 list

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

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10.18.17

IIoT Driving Manufacturing Innovations

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

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10.17.17

Gillette rolls out first-of-its-kind razor

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

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10.17.17

US Manufacturing Output Rises as Impact from Hurricanes Fades

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

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10.17.17

LOWELL FOOD MANUFACTURER EXPANDS WITH MASSDEVELOPMENT BOND

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

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10.17.17

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

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

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10.11.17

$9.5 Million in grants awarded for vocational equipment and programs

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

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10.06.17

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

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

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10.06.17

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

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

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09.28.17

Table Talk Pies adding jobs, baking more pies

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

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09.28.17

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

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

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09.27.17

Manufacturers looking to hire in western Massachusetts

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

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09.26.17

Now Accepting Applications! Site Readiness Program

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

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09.25.17

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

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

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09.25.17

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

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

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09.22.17

Riptide Earns Frost & Sullivan Award

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

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09.19.17

New Products Give Callaway Plant a Needed Bounce

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

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09.18.17

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

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

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09.07.17

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

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

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09.07.17

Automation to Transform Employment for Americans

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

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09.07.17

Advances In Manufacturing Are Paving The Way For New Medicines

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

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09.06.17

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

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

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09.04.17

Manufacturers bringing jobs back to Central Mass.

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

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09.01.17

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

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

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08.08.17

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

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

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08.04.17

Manufacturing Adds Jobs for Seventh Time in Eight Months

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

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08.01.17

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

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

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07.26.17

Build American: The Case for Making it Here

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

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07.21.17

30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing

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

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07.13.17

How to Fix Manufacturing's Poor Image

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

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07.13.17

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

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

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

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07.11.17

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

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

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

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07.11.17

Mass. improves on manufacturing indicators

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

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07.10.17

MassDevelopment Funds Cox Engineering Expansion in Randolph

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

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07.03.17

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

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

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07.03.17

UMass Amherst opens core facilities labs to manufacturers

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

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06.27.17

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

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

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06.27.17

Siemens pumps millions into Massachusetts facility, creates 1K jobs

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

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06.19.17

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

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

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06.12.17

New Technology to Enhance Productivity for Manufacturing

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

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06.06.17

Shawsheen Tech students recognized for educational video

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

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06.01.17

UMass Lowell gets $11.3M for advanced fabrics research center

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

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05.31.17

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

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

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05.31.17

New fabric center seeks to spin out advanced textile technology

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

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05.31.17

Downloaded Designs? UMass Lowell To Open Fabric Innovation Center

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

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05.31.17

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

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

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05.31.17

Durfee wins Amp It Up! challenge again

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

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05.25.17

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

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

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05.24.17

Business briefs for May 24, 2017

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

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05.24.17

Chamber's economic conference focuses on manufacturing

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

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05.18.17

AMP it up! Challenge Winners

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

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05.17.17

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

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

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11.18.16

Great gifts made in New England

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Events

01.09.18

Advanced Machine Vision Training: 3-Day In-Depth Machine Vision Tools

Part of the Microscan Certified Training Program, this 3-day technical training event offers a complete in-depth study of Microscan's machine vision tool set through our advanced Visionscape® software platform.

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01.16.18

The GBMP 8-Day Lean Certificate Course: Free for Eligible Employers

This essential program provides manufacturing professionals with fundamental tools and indispensable knowledge to implement Continuous Improvement in their workplace.

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01.17.18

Mass Innovation Nights

We are thrilled to kick off 2018 with a new host, two new sponsors and over 12 products showcasing for an all MANUFACTURED products event.

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01.23.18

Navigating the Simplified General Grant Application

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

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01.23.18

Inside the Minds of Brilliant Designers: 3D Printing & Design with Formlabs

General Assembly is inviting Formlabs and local 3D designers and artists as we explore their careers paths and hear how they got started in 3D design.

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02.07.18

Direct Access – Principles of Lean Manufacturing

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

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02.08.18

Discover Excellence: A Shingo Institute Workshop

DISCOVER EXCELLENCE is a foundational, two-day workshop that introduces the Shingo Model, the Guiding Principles, and the Three Insights to Enterprise Excellence. With real-time discussions and on-site learning at a host organization, this program is a highly interactive experience.

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03.02.18

Massachusetts Girls in Trades Conferences

The Massachusetts Girls in Trades Board invites all MA CTE schools, non-traditional female students, and their teachers and guidance counselors to attend a conference dedicated to opportunities for women in the skilled trades.

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03.09.18

Revolutionizing Employee XP

We have entered the “Age of the Employee.” With nearly zero unemployment, a transient workforce, a growing innovation economy and higher demand for talented candidates, employers must do things differently to not only attract top talent, but engage their people at every step of the employee experience.

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03.21.18

8th CMO Quality Oversight & Risk Management Summit

The 8th CMO Quality Oversight & Risk Management Summit brings together industry leaders to discuss the latest outsourcing trends and developments in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device contract manufacturing.

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04.10.18

North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit

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

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04.13.18

Massachusetts Girls in Trades Conferences

The Massachusetts Girls in Trades Board invites all MA CTE schools, non-traditional female students, and their teachers and guidance counselors to attend a conference dedicated to opportunities for women in the skilled trades.

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05.01.18

Accelerate AI Summit / ODSC East 2018

Accelerate AI co-located with ODSC East 2017, brings together the top industry executives, managers and CxOs to help you understand how AI and data science can transform your business.

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