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Advanced Manufacturing

New year, new gear

Thursday, January 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Following a year that saw nearly $800,000 pour into Franklin County to jumpstart the area’s advanced machining industry, officials will dedicate 2014 to fine-tuning the “Middle Skills Academy” and to ensuring that companies receive the newly qualified machinists they were promised. Over the course of the coming year, about 30 people will take part in the Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative — an intensive 11-week adult training program that … 0

15 graduate in first class of advanced manufacturing training program

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — In his seven years working as a machinist for the Athol-based L.S. Starrett Co., 48-year-old Orange resident Robert Donnelly has witnessed a manufacturing industry that’s abandoning manual machines and relying more on computer programming to power production. Now, after completing the inaugural 11-week, 220-hour Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative training program — a partnership between local manufacturing businesses, the Franklin County … 0

‘Amazing experience’

Friday, December 6, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Dana Graves was beaming as he headed to his last Middle Skills Academy metal-working class. He had just been offered a full-time job as a machinist at Valley Steel Stamp Co. “It’s been an amazing experience,” said Graves, one of five members of the first group of prospective workers to take the 12-week course. He was speaking at a Franklin-Hampshire … 0