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Baker-Polito Administration, GE Foundation Announce $4.5 Million in Workforce Investments on the North Shore

LYNN, MA - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, Labor and Workforce Secretary Rosalin Acosta, Congressman Seth Moulton, Lynn Mayor Thomas McGee, Senator Brendan Crighton, Representative Peter Capano, GE President of Global Government Affairs Mo Cowan, Lynn Public Schools Superintendent Patrick A. Tutweiler and other officials announced investments in the advanced manufacturing workforce on the North Shore during an event at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute (Lynn Tech).

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WPI Program to Prepare Students for Advanced Manufacturing

A robotics program led by WPI will help prepare the next generation of advanced manufacturing employees with the skills they need through summer and after-school programs, giving them hands-on experience and training in collaborative robotics.

The program, geared for middle and high school students, integrates the fields of robotics, engineering and manufacturing with the cutting-edge work being done in the WPI Manufacturing Engineering Labs. WPI is offering the program, partnering with the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Quinsigamond Community College, and Worcester-area public schools.

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Amazon expanding robotics operation to Westborough

By: John Chesto and Tim Logan

The robots are coming. To Westborough.

Amazon on Wednesday will announce a big expansion of its robotics operation, leasing 350,000 square feet at a shuttered drug manufacturing plant in the MetroWest town. The company plans to spend $40 million upgrading a former AstraZeneca facility, where it expects to add about 200 workers over the next few years, designing, building, and testing robotics equipment.

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The Next Draft: State’s Manufacturing Caucus continues honoring breweries for work as manufacturers

By: Matthew Tota

WORCESTER — Dave Richardson was dubious of a letter that arrived recently to his Park Avenue brewery informing him that Flying Dreams Brewing Co. would receive an award for manufacturing.

Richardson wondered whether the Legislature’s Manufacturing Caucus, which started giving out awards to different manufacturers in the state four years ago, had confused Flying Dreams with one of the larger breweries in Central Massachusetts.

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18 Central Mass. manufacturers honored at State House

Nearly 20 Central Massachusetts manufacturers were honored at the Massachusetts State House by the Legislature's Manufacturing Caucus during the fourth annual manufacturing award ceremony.

The caucus honored 78 manufacturers statewide, from a variety of different areas, from breweries to plastic molding and farms. Each year the Manufacturing Caucus of Massachusetts accepts submissions from various representatives and senators on behalf of manufacturing companies throughout Massachusetts.

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ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Turns Training Into Jobs — Quickly

By: Joseph Bednar

With much of the manufacturing workforce starting to age out and a dearth of young people entering the field, companies have been struggling for some time to find the skilled employees they need to grow. One successful model changing the equation is the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck Community College, which is placing students with a one-year certificate to work in good-paying careers — while meeting area companies’ critical talent needs. It is, in short, a true win-win.

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Samuel Adams and Cape Cod Chips are collaborating on chips specifically made to compliment New England IPA

By: Aviva Luttrell

Cape Cod Potato Chips and Samuel Adams have teamed up to create a chip flavor specifically made to complement the brewery’s New England IPA.

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These 10 startups graduated from Air Force TechStars accelerator

By: Lucia Maffei

Ten startups whose products piqued the interest of the U.S. Department of Defense have completed the joint startup accelerator between Techstars and the U.S. Air Force in Boston. Among the 10, half are focused on either drones or cybersecurity.

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InNOVAte 2019: Disrupting the Built Environment

Greentown Labs requests applications for innovative ideas to disrupt the built environment value chain. The Greentown Labs InNOVAte 2019 Challenge is a program in partnership with CertainTeed,  Saint-Gobain’s leading building and construction brand in North America, along with Saint-Gobain NOVA, the external ventures arm of one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions.

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Nominations for WBJ's manufacturing awards close Friday

The nomination period for the WBJ's Manufacturing Excellence Awards honoring the area's top manufacturers is open for two more weeks.

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