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CareAline Products Wins Second ‘Intrapreneur Challenge’ In Support of COVID-19 Response

WESTBOROUGH – On Friday, August 21, a panel of expert judges declared CareAline Products of Danvers the winner of the second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge, a competition focused on companies developing innovations that will help Massachusetts in its reopening processes. The Challenge featured pitches from nine established Massachusetts companies, who pitched their designs and business plans aimed at addressing the ongoing public health challenge.

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Finalists Selected for Second COVID-19 Response Challenge

WESTBOROUGH, MA — Nine intrapreneurs from companies across Massachusetts have been selected as finalists for Lever’s second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge, which focuses on helping Massachusetts companies pivot operations to produce innovations that support the state’s reopening.

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New Accelerator Aims to Boost ‘Made in Mass.’ Products that Support Re-opening

WESTBOROUGH, MA – The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Lever have announced the second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge to identify and mentor innovative Massachusetts companies interested in developing a product or service to support Phase 2 of the state’s re-opening. The Intrapreneur Challenge is a five-part business accelerator program that aims to activate, connect, and focus Massachusetts companies as they pivot production capabilities to meet the emerging needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Grants to Boost Production of Personal Protective Equipment, Critical Supplies in Massachusetts to Support COVID-19 Response

BOSTON - May 21, 2020 —Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $9.5 million in grants to boost production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical materials needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Reopening Massachusetts plan. The new awards were made through the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) to 15 grantees, including Massachusetts manufacturers, that are producing needed items such as masks, gowns, ventilators, swabs, and testing materials, and the capacity to test them.

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New Balance to Open “Factory of the Future” In Methuen

Apparel and footwear maker New Balance is building its first new factory in two decades in Methuen. The new 80,000 square foot facility will create at least 60 new jobs focused on advanced manufacturing techniques and research and development. According to The Boston Globe, the new factory will not be fully built out when it opens sometime this spring, leaving room for the company to grow into the space experiment while experimenting new technologies like sole injection molding, hot melt bonding technology and 3D manufacturing. The Salem News reported that permitting for the new project was completed in 2019.

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Card Maker LovePop Uses 3D Printers To Make Faceshields

By: Rowan Walrath 

Greeting card manufacturer LovePop is ramping up production of plastic face shields for front line health care workers. Once their face shield production ramps up to capacity they plan to add hospital gowns to mix. 

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Gillette’s South Boston Plant Commits To Making 100,000 Face Shields

By: Jon Chesto

The P&G-owned company has committed to making at least 100,000 shields at the South Boston plant and donate them to health care organizations across the state as needed.

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New Balance Shifts Production From Shoes To Medical Masks

By: Nicole Yang

New Balance worked closely with MIT and Mass General Hospital to develop a facemask out of existing sneaker materials that can be used by hospital workers treating COVID-19 patients and mass produced.

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Maximizing manufacturing opportunities on the North Shore

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Conventional wisdom on manufacturing tells us that it is a declining industry with few pathways to lifelong, lucrative careers for young people making decisions about their futures. It’s time to seriously question that way of thinking.

Yes. The data tells us that manufacturing jobs have been on rapid decline since the 1980s. But according to the Department of Unemployment Assistance/Bureau of Labor Statistics, that decline is starting to slow and, in fact, in northeast Massachusetts, manufacturing jobs grew by 1% from 2016 to 2018. It also continues to be the second-largest industry employer in the northeast region (in Essex County alone, 41,361 people work in manufacturing) and paid the highest total wages in 2018: $1.4 billion.

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Avidia Bank recognized as top lender for manufacturing

By: Community Advocate Staff

Avidia Bank has been recognized by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for their outstanding performance as the most active Massachusetts Lender to Manufacturers in fiscal year 2019.

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