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Doors to Opportunity When she started her law career with a firm in Springfield, Amy Royal didn’t consider herself an entrepreneur. But that quality emerged quickly, and she would go […]

Showing Their Metal Bob Leduc says that, in many respects, there’s been a world of change since he affixed his last name to a sheet-metal fabrication company a half-century or […]


A New Spin Over the past century or so, golf balls — and golf-ball history — have been made in Chicopee. Indeed, the sprawling plant on Meadow Street that once […]


Moving Experience When Chicopee Industrial Contractors (CIC) officially marked a quarter-century in business a few months back, it did so with an elaborate open house at its headquarters in Chicopee. […]


Making a Name for Itself Since it was launched by John Mitchell in 1920, Mitchell Machine has grown and diversified — shifting from producing parts and tools for the Springfield […]

On the Cutting Edge Marianne Halpern says the company used to be called Custom Knife Supply because … well, that’s what it did — that’s all it did. It supplied […]


Manufacturing Progress Valley Venture Mentors has made a name for itself providing invaluable mentoring and technical assistance to mostly young, startup ventures. But this fall, it has taken its ‘tough-love’ […]

Turn of the Screw Hubert McGovern says people might wonder why a company would choose to manufacture screws in Agawam when they could be made far more inexpensively overseas. “Twenty […]

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Making a Strong Case For decades now, the names Pelican and Hardigg (which came together through a merger in 2008) have been well-known in the commercial, government, and public-safety realms, […]

On Schedule When a company from across the globe sets up shop in Springfield, it can’t exactly bring its workforce with it. “We need 100% new employees,” said Bobby Doyle, […]

Chemex, Maker of Iconic Coffeemaker, Is Expanding Its Horizons The conference room in the Chemex manufacturing and distribution facility in Chicopee isn’t really serving the company in that capacity at […]

Excel Dryer Gains Market Share by Touting Green Benefits If there’s one statistic that drives Excel Dryer, it’s this one: 85%. That’s the percentage of commercial restrooms in the U.S. […]

Commercial Printers Emerge Strong from Recession Years While many industries are still feeling the aftereffects of the Great Recession, commercial printers are telling a different story. “It’s been very strong,” […]

Pittsfield-based QualPrint Builds on a 50-Year Run of Success Nick DiSantis likes telling what’s become a long-running joke regarding his father, John, and the latter’s ‘retirement’ from the Pittsfield-based family […]

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