Manufacturing News & Events

Manufacturing News & Events


Protective Facial masks from Merrow Manufacturing Multiscale Systems logo Morgan Kaler, senior undergraduate in Physics, and Peter Hedlesky, Ph.D. student in Applied Physics use a state-of-the art Maple Leaf Photonics probe station at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s LEAP facility to align an optical fiber to a waveguide on a passive AIM/Spark Photonics EWD PIC chip.


$1M for Merrow Expansion, 150 Jobs

Merrow Manufacturing of Fall River, receives CARES Act
loan administered by MassDevelopment to modernize the company’s manufacturing operations

MassMEP Press Release


NASA Awards MultiScale Systems

MultiScale Systems of Worcester, was selected as a winner of NASA's Entrepreneur’s Challenge and receives an award for being an entrepreneurial startup.

NASA Press Release



AIM Photonics & Spark Phonics Team-up

Spark Photonics, a Made-in-MA commercial photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design house and AIM Photonics have teamed up to develop a new educational PIC chip!

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Over $2 Million to Support Massachusetts Manufacturers

FALL RIVER, MASS. — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the first round of grants from the new Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program (MMAP), awarding $2,157,416 to 13 manufacturers from across the Commonwealth. The grants were announced by Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy and were managed by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech Collaborative (CAM).

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AIM Photonics and Spark Photonics Team Up to Develop Hands-on Educational PIC Chip

Spark Photonics, a MadeinMA commercial photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design house and AIM Photonics have teamed up to develop a new educational PIC chip! The chip and kit are entirely designed, developed, manufactured, and distributed in the U.S., providing new hands-on learning for integrated photonics.

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WPI Becomes a Member of 12 of the 16 Manufacturing USA Institutes

WPI has earned a coveted position as a member of 12 of the 16 Manufacturing USA institutes, with centers that cut across multiple disciplines.

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ABCorp Expands Library of Materials for Additive Manufacturing

BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Banknote Corporation (ABCorp), one of the longest-standing manufacturing service providers in the U.S., announced the expansion of their Boston-based Center of Excellence capabilities. ABCorp adds Nylon 11 (PA11) to the catalog of cutting-edge materials at the Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC) in Boston MA.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.3 Million in Manufacturing Innovation Funds

LOWELL – Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new $2.3 million grant to Lowell-based composites manufacturer Specialty Materials, Inc., an award from the Commonwealth’s Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2). The award will support the expansion of Specialty’s production of its boron-based composite materials, materials widely used in aerospace, sporting goods, and industrial applications to strengthen products. The M2I2 grant will support a project that will nearly triple the size of the Specialty Material’s manufacturing capability, adding an additional 75 employees and $6 million per year of spending in Massachusetts.

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Merrow Manufacturing Expands Fall River, Massachusetts, Operations

MassDevelopment provided a $1 million equipment loan from the CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund to Merrow Manufacturing to support the company’s first phase of a major expansion and buy equipment, in Fall River, Massachusetts.

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NEXTFLEX: Scaling Workforce Readiness Through Manufacturing Expertise

The COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected US employment, with a significant impact on the manufacturing sector.  According to Deloitte’s recent “2021 manufacturing outlook,” US manufacturing faces a long recovery to match its post-2008 recession momentum. And, as we recover, manufacturing may never look the same, with companies adapting to hybrid work environments and expecting more agility from the workforce.

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Defense Roundtable with Congressman Moulton

Friday, June 17, 2022 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Middlesex 3 Coalition brings the region’s leading Defense & Security businesses together to discuss the needs of the Defense Industry workforce in Massachusetts.