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MCLEAN, Va. — U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $336.98 million in May, according to the Assoc. for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total, as reported by companies participating in the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, was down 13.2% from April’s $388.43 million and down 6.2% when compared with the total of $359.28 million reported for May 2014.

With a year-to-date total of $1,798.34 million, 2015 was down 7.9% when compared with 2014. These numbers and all data in the report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.

“In large part, the decline in manufacturing technology orders is due to smaller manufacturers feeling a sense of economic uncertainty and therefore hesitant to make any kind of capital investment,” said AMT President Douglas Woods. “In addition, the energy industry has curbed its spending, accounting for about half of the year-to-date decline in orders, and aerospace did not perform as well as expected in the first quarter. We expect the downturn to ease thanks to strong performance in the automotive and medical industries, with industrial production and a stronger PMI also indicating resilience in manufacturing.”

The USMTO report, compiled by the trade association representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metal-working equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.

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AGAWAM — Six Flags New England announced that Wicked Cyclone has been named ‘best new amusement park attraction,’ and Bizarro has been named ‘best roller coaster,’ by the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA Today.

Wicked Cyclone, which opened in May, is the first hybrid coaster to hit New England. It stands 10 stories tall and reaches speeds of 55 mph. With three inversions, Wicked Cyclone is the first coaster of its kind to have two zero-G rolls. Riders also experience more airtime on Wicked Cyclone than any other coaster on the East Coast.

Bizarro made its debut at Six Flags New England in 2000, and has been the recipient of numerous industry awards. It features 5,400 feet of track, a 20-story lift hill, and speeds of 77 mph.

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SPRINGFIELD — The city of Springfield and Falvey Linen Supply Inc. have announced a plan for the Rhode Island company to open a new Springfield facility at 100 Brookdale Dr., located in the East Springfield neighborhood, with an expected investment of $7 million and the creation of more than 100 new jobs.

“We are thrilled to welcome Falvey Linen to Springfield,” said Mayor Domenic Sarno. “This is a company with a history of success and will add more good-paying jobs for our residents and be a great addition to our business community. The word is out, and Springfield is on the rise.”

Falvey Linen Supply is based in Cranston, R.I., with facilities in the Hartford area as well as Eastern Massachusetts. The family-owned and -operated company was founded in 1929. Its commercial laundry business has grown throughout its 86-year history and is currently managed by James and Patricia Falvey O’Hara, along with their daughter Kaitlin O’Hara, representing the fourth generation of the Falvey family.

They plan to make an investment of $7 million for the purchase of a 240,000-square-foot building on 17 acres of land, including renovations and new laundry equipment for 100 Brookdale Dr. The company is currently conducting due-diligence procedures on the project, including permitting activities, building design, and water and sewer.

This project will create new tax revenue from the redevelopment of 100 Brookdale Dr., provide new job opportunities, and create economic spinoff to area businesses. The company is seeking incentives through the state’s Economic Development Incentive Program, which would require participation of a local tax-increment-financing agreement, to help assist with the significant investment.

“We’ve talked recently about how some of the major projects can lead to spinoff jobs of companies in the supply chain,” said Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s chief development officer. “Falvey Linen is a first-class company that is looking to get into our market and this region, and certainly a factor in that is our growing hospitality industry with MGM Springfield. We’re excited to welcome them to Springfield.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Organizers of the 2015 Western Mass. Business Expo, presented by Comcast Business, are seeking proposals from those interested in presenting educational seminars at the annual show. This year’s event, set for Nov. 4 at the MassMutual Center, is expected to attract more than 2,000 business professionals.

The show will feature a number of seminars to be presented during the course of the day. Presentations should be 45 minutes in length, be interactive, and give business owners and managers insight and actionable ideas to take back to their office or plant.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, July 24. Proposals may be sent to [email protected].

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HOLYOKE — The United Way of Pioneer Valley, in partnership with Peter Pan Bus Co., is collecting school supplies to fill more than 1,300 backpacks for children who are homeless in Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield, Chicopee, West Springfield, and South Hadley.

From July 24 to Aug. 8, local companies and stores will hold collection drives for donations of school supplies (locations and dates to be determined). Backpacks will be delivered right to the schools. The Stuff the Bus kickoff event will be held on Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m. at the Holyoke Mall.

The 2015 Stuff the Bus sponsors include Amica Insurance, the city of Springfield, Comcast, Excel Dryer, Health New England, Lenox Industrial Tools, Staples Foundation, and Westfield Bank. The 2015 community partners are Holyoke Mall, MassMutual Financial Group, Merriam-Webster, Six Flags Great Adventures, and Westover Job Corps.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drivers paid an average of $2.83 per gallon for regular gasoline over the past two weeks, the lowest prices since may 15, according to Lundberg Survey Inc.

Prices slid 1.66 cents in the peiod through July 10 and were down 3.34 cents since June 12. Gas was cheapest in Jackson, Miss, at $2.42 a gallon, and most expensive in Los Angeles at $3.66. Last week, the average in Massachusetts was $2.75. Prices reteated as falling crude oil prices reduced refiners’ costs for producing motor fuel.

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GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin presented the city’s Municipal Broadband Plan on July 8 during a Massachusetts Municipal Light Plant symposium hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University Law School.

More than 80 municipal and state officials representing over a dozen cities and towns in the Commonwealth were in attendance. Fernando Fleury, IT manager for the city of Greenfield, and Daniel Kelley, the mayor’s technology advisor and principal of Kelley Management Group Inc., also joined the mayor on the panel.

Martin’s presentation centered on the city’s quest for further independence as demonstrated in Greenfield’s electrical aggregation program, among other initiatives. The mayor also unveiled the unique features of the city’s Municipal Broadband Plan, which includes 1Gbps fiber and wireless broadband for all residents, businesses, and government agencies that call Greenfield home.

Many of the symposium attendees expressed interest in the mayor’s Municipal Broadband Plan because of its approach to supporting the requirements of fiber-reliant, high-demand businesses along with the mobile broadband requirements of today’s society. Most attendees represented communities pursuing municipal broadband or preparing plans to do so.

A disjointed process, unclear state policies, and regulatory governance questions dominated the Q & A portions that immediately followed each community presentation. Community representatives were asked to contribute to the takeaways from the day-long dialogue to the Berkman Center’s final report.

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SPRINGFIELD — From July 12 to July 24, Bright Nights at Forest Park will celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas in July with the sale of discounted tickets.

During this 12-day period, businesses, groups, organizations, and individuals can purchase Bright Nights admission tickets for the best price of the year. Tickets will be $12 each with a minimum order of 12 tickets. Tickets will be good for admission of a car, van, truck, or mini-bus (seating capacity of fewer than 17) during the 2015 season.

The 12 Days of Christmas promotion for Bright Nights, the Northeast’s premier holiday lighting experience, provide a savings of as much as $9 off weekend and holiday admission and $6 off weeknights.

Bright Nights at Forest Park’s 21st season will open Nov. 25 and operate through Jan. 3, 2016, closing on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. It is a collaborative effort between the Spirit of Springfield, a private, nonprofit organization, and the Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management. The three-mile experience winds through historic Forest Park, past displays including Toy Land, Winter Woods, North Pole Village, Seuss Land, Barney Mansion, and more.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call the Spirit of Springfield at (413) 733-3800.

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SPRINGFIELD — The YWCA of Western Massachusetts board of directors met recently and elected the following individuals: Ann Donah, director of Development for Easter Seals Massachusetts; Nicole Griffin, president of Griffin Staffing Network; Pastor Gail Hill of Family Church in Springfield; Arlene Rodriquez, dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Springfield Technical Community College; attorney Deborah Saremi, general counsel of Future Health, LLC and Saremi, LLP Property Management Co.; Jamina Scippio-McFadden, director of Marketing & Community Relations at the UMass Center at Springfield; and Nancy Urbschat, principal and owner of TSM Design. Ann Turnberg, Coldwell Banker and president of the YWCA board of directors, was elected for a second term.

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SPRINGFIELD — Organizers of the 2015 Western Mass. Business Expo, presented by Comcast Business, are seeking proposals from those interested in presenting educational seminars at the annual show.

This year’s event, set for Nov. 4 at the MassMutual Center, is expected to attract more than 2,000 business professionals. The show will feature a number of seminars to be presented during the course of the day. Presentations should be 45 minutes in length, be interactive, and give business owners and managers insight and actionable ideas to take back to their office or plant.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, July 24. Proposals may be sent to [email protected].