Yankee Candle opens $6.5M R&D lab in Deerfield, consolidates manufacturing in Franklin County
By: Jim Kinney
DEERFIELD — There was a warm, flickering glow Friday when lab technicians dimmed the lights in a burn room at the new Yankee Candle research and development laboratory.
After all, there were about 1,000 candles burning, all lined up on stainless-steel lab benches under the latest in climate-control and fire-suppression technology.
Public officials and executives from Yankee Candle owner Newell Brands who gathered for the ceremonial ribbon cutting described the facility as a beacon, showing that companies are growing, and adding jobs, in Western Massachusetts.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Opens $90 Million Manufacturing Site in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Mass.– Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. officially opened its new $90 million viral vector CDMO (contract development and manufacturing organization) site in Lexington, Mass.
The 50,000-square-foot facility will add more than 200 jobs and support the development, testing and manufacture of viral vectors, which are critical to advancing new life-saving gene and cell therapies globally.
AIS celebrated Manufacturing Month with events, educational sessions
LEOMINSTER — AIS, the largest manufacturer of commercial office furniture and seating in New England, celebrated Manufacturing Month with a number of events and educational sessions throughout October.
Events included visits by Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, tours and discussions for local students, and an employee appreciation day.
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).
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.
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.
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.