Manufacturing

Channing Bete in Deerfield to close; 105 people will lose jobs

After publishing educational pamphlets, booklets and handbooks on a wide variety of health and school-related subjects for 65 years, the Channing Bete company is closing its doors. In an exclusive interview with the Greenfield Recorder, Company President Michael G. Bete announced the family-owned business would close in June, leaving the 105 employees without a job.…

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Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Reaches 100-employee Milestone

Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing recently reached a milestone of 100 employees. In addition, it is actively recruiting for another 11 jobs, including entry-level professional and senior-leadership roles. Jennifer Kratovil-Moriarty, senior manager, Human Resources, said the 100-employee milestone is notable for any small business and particularly noteworthy in Berkshire County. She noted that Gov. Charlie Baker visited…

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Smith & Wesson closing Springfield distribution center, warehouse in favor of new Missouri facility

American Outdoor Brands Corp., parent company of Springfield stalwart Smith & Wesson, will close its distribution operations here and elsewhere around the country as it opens a new $75-million warehouse near Columbia, Missouri, this year.Executives at the publicly-traded AOBC touted the cost savings and efficiencies associated with consolidating into its new 600,000-square-foot Missouri warehouse in…

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Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 – BusinessWest

The Callaway golf-ball-manufacturing facility in Chicopee has borrowed a famous page from the Chicago Cubs’ playbook.  When the Cubs win, a white flag with a large blue ‘W’ is flown atop the legendary hand-operated scoreboard in center field. Back to Callaway. When a member of its team — comprised of players on the various professional…

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MachineMetrics raises $11.3M, plans to boost workforce, focus on global sales

Picture the scene: A factory floor buzzing with machinery, cranking out parts efficiently and quickly. Suddenly, everything grinds to a halt. The machines stop working. Supervisors scurry to figure out the problem. But imagine having the technology that could predict when errors would arise, when machines would fail. That’s where MachineMetrics, an industrial Internet of…

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Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

CRRC MA plans to build a 42,500-square-foot warehouse at its Page Boulevard factory to house large components like wheel and motor assemblies and HVAC components for the transit cars it builds there. CRRC is selecting contractors now and completion is expected in August, said Lydia Rivera, a CRRC MA spokeswoman. It’s the first major expansion…

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Western Massachusetts manufacturers, workforce boards team to meet future staffing needs

Advanced manufacturing is a priority industry in the Pioneer Valley region. The member companies of the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association are primarily small and medium sized enterprises that are part of a supply chain engaged in producing precision mechanical parts, components, and sub-assemblies utilizing high technology equipment, lean manufacturing,…

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