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Making Change   The manufacturing tech industry is building back fast, undeterred by significant labor and supply-chain challenges. To maintain this momentum, manufacturers should navigate elevated risks while advancing sustainability […]

Kevin Moforte

Meetings of the Minds   Kevin Moforte has traveled an intriguing road to his new role as Western Mass. director of FORGE. Before serving as executive director for EforAll Lynn, […]

Bill Bither

Innovation and Adaptation   Manufacturing is a healthy industry, Bill Bither days, and demand for manufactured goods is soaring across all sectors. Meeting that demand is … well, a challenge. […]

Steve Graham

Making Changes   In manufacturing, as in many industries, the story of the past year has been one of shortages and high costs — shortages of both materials and workers, […]

State Sen. Eric Lesser

The Shot Heard ’Round the Region Smith & Wesson’s recently announced plan to move its Springfield operations to Tennessee came as a shock to many — the 165-year-old company has […]

Machine Learning   As pivots go, this one was pretty smooth, Mary Bidwell says. But that’s fitting for an academic program built on precision. It was almost a year ago […]

Keeping Pace Both the immediate and long-term future of the manufacturing industry will be defined by the development of a number of ever-evolving and prominent trends, according to the Assoc. […]

Kristin Carlson

Making Do Mark Borsari says he hasn’t been on a plane since a vacation in early March. By his reckoning, that’s by far the longest stretch he can remember when […]

Tony Contrino

Current Events   Tony Contrino says Westfield Gas & Electric, like all utilities, has considerable practice watching storms develop, getting ready for possible damage, and, as the old saying goes, […]

Tight Squeeze President Trump has made no secret of his hope that a series of tariffs on goods from China and other countries will eventually force a more favorable balance […]

Taking Flight Since the announcement last month that defense and aerospace giants Raytheon and United Technologies will merge into one firm based in Eastern Mass., few other details have emerged, […]

Leading Lights Two Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) students are working as interns this summer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Defense research and development center in Lexington. […]

CEO Bill Bither

Scaling Up Over the past five years, Machine Metrics, a company that specializes in predictive analytics for manufacturers, has been scaling up its operation. But with an infusion of $11.3 […]

Jack Ford (left) and Jeremy Hall are two of the current student interns at ADDFab.

Layer by Layer The Advanced Digital Design & Fabrication Lab, or ADDFab for short — one of 31 ‘core facilities’ in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst […]

Between 200,000 and 250,000 golf balls roll out of Callaway’s Chicopee plant every day.

On a Roll The Callaway golf-ball-manufacturing facility in Chicopee has borrowed a famous page from the Chicago Cubs’ playbook. When the Cubs win, a white flag with a large blue […]