Manufacturing News & Events

Manufacturing News & Events

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dedicated to growing manufacturing in our Commonwealth and “one of 51 MEP Centers throughout the United States and Puerto Rico”. MassMEP was established in 1996 and
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05.20.21

Awards Announced at Central Mass Manufacturing Summit

Worcester Business Journal announces annual winners

n May, the Worcester Business Journal hosted the Central Massachusetts Manufacturing Summit and during the event, announced the winners of their ‘2021 Manufacturing Excellence’ awards, an annual program they’ve run since 2016.

The 2021 event was sponsored by MassMEP and S&G Business Consultants and CPA's, and featured an accomplished group of honorees from across the Central Mass region.

Watch the livestream videos from the Manufacturing Summit and the awards event on the Journal’s website.

View event video here

05.24.21

The ‘EastWest Exchange’ Features WMass Manufacturers in the Defense & Aerospace Supply Chain

The ‘EastWest Exchange’ Features WMass Manufacturers in the Defense & Aerospace Supply Chain

The second EastWest Exchange virtual forum took place on May 24th, highlighting opportunities for small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms in Western Mass to engage with the supply chain for the aerospace and defense sectors.

The forum was headlined by Congressman Richard Neal and Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, and featured executives from Raytheon and General Dynamics, as well as iRobot’s CEO and founder Colin Angle.  

As part of the event, one of the organizers, Western Mass Economic Development Council, produced a video that spotlights some of the Western Mass manufacturers that are in this supply chain.  Watch the Video here.

Watch the coverage of the event via Springfield’s WWLP 22News.

Learn more about the EastWest Exchange

 

News

Massachusetts Announces New Manufacturing Grants

WESTBOROUGH — The Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech (CAM), in partnership with the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, has launched a new $2 million grant program that will invest in small- to medium-sized manufacturers across the Commonwealth. The new Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program (MMAP) aims to co-invest in small- to medium-sized manufacturers to better prepare their businesses to meet the demands of ‘Industry 4.0,’ the innovation-driven production methods powered by smart technologies such as data analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, automation, and connected technologies to stay competitive.

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Massachusetts Partners Win $3.3M Grant to Fuel Response to Post-Pandemic Challenges

UMass Lowell announced a $3.3 million federal grant to help face the ongoing manufacturing challenges from COVID-19 and to prepare our supply chains for future public health crises.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $429,000 for New Space Test Facility in the Berkshires

PITTSFIELD - Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new grant totaling approximately $429,000 from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support the development of new specialized equipment for testing the reliability and compatibility of spacecraft components by Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA). Located at the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), EMA will have the only facility in the world capable of both performing testing on materials in a replicated space environment, and the only facility in the world able to design and manufacture the systems capable of producing the energy sources that can replicate the space environment here on earth.

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Finalists Selected for Connect Tech Innovation Challenge

Six companies from across Massachusetts have been selected as finalists for the Connect Tech Innovation Challenge, the fourth in a series of pitch competitions organized by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) and Lever, Inc. to identify and grow innovations inspired by challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.

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Massachusetts Wins $3.2M DoD Grant to Develop National Model for Manufacturing Technician Training

BOSTON – During a meeting of the Commonwealth’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) on Wednesday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has been awarded a new $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Technology Program (DoD ManTech) to develop a manufacturing technician training program that will serve as a national model. During the meeting, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, a co-chair of the AMC, announced the award, known as “MassBridge,” which will develop and test a state-based training and career pathway model for manufacturing technicians that meets the talent needs of the national Manufacturing USA Institutes and their members.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.5 Million for New Advanced Manufacturing Center

CHICOPEE — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new grant totaling approximately $2,581,109 from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support the development of a new advanced manufacturing center at Convergent Photonics in Chicopee, which is partnering with Western New England University (WNE) on the new facility. Called a ‘Lab for Education and Application Prototyping, or LEAP, the lab will focus on product development, training, and research in the field of integrated photonics, and will be the fourth lab of its kind in the state.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $6.5 Million in New Manufacturing Emergency Response Team Grants

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $6.5 Million to 13 Massachusetts organizations to develop new products to assist in the response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The new grants from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (MERT) will expand the Commonwealth’s work to drive in-state manufacturing of critical products, an effort which has produced more than 11 million pieces of personal protective equipment and other critical pieces as of September.

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Events

New England Council Briefing on Supply Chain Security

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The New England Council and The MITRE Corporation will lead a discussion of Supply Chain Security and the “System of Trust” framework for supply chains.