Business Briefs: Jan. 22, 2021

  • Employees roast and bag coffee at Dean’s Bean Organic Coffee Co. in the Orange Industrial Park in September of 2018. Thanks to a donation from Dean’s Beans, the Gill-Montague Regional School District was able to buy supplemental food for families during winter break. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The Big Y supermarket in Greenfield. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 1/21/2021 3:19:32 PM
MassHire holding virtual job fair

GREENFIELD — The MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center is holding a virtual job fair on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon.

According to a MassHire newsletter, recruiters are now hiring for jobs at Community Action Pioneer Valley, Deerfield Packaging, Hillside Plastics, ServiceNet, The United Arc, Yankee Candle and various other local facilities.

Pre-registration is required by emailing bizteam@masshirefhcareers.org.

Gill-Montague families thankful for Dean’s Beans donation

MONTAGUE — Thanks to a donation from Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co. in Orange, the Gill-Montague Regional School District was able to buy supplemental food for families during winter break.

According to a press release from Director of Pupil Services Dianne Ellis, the school district bought, bagged and delivered — with the help of F.M. Kuzmeskus bus company — 146 bags of groceries containing numerous staple food items like peanut butter, pasta, bread, juice, milk, soup, cereal and more using about $10,000 in donated funds.

“The timing of this ‘Kids’ Stimulus’ grocery package was particularly important given how many families rely on our school lunch program to stretch their food dollars,” the release reads. “Thank you again to Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee for their support.”

Eversource earns Emergency Response Award

BOSTON — Eversource has received an Emergency Response Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its power restoration efforts following Tropical Storm Isaias on Aug. 4, 2020.

According to an Eversource press release, the Emergency Response Award recognizes recovery and assistance efforts of electric companies following service disruptions caused by extreme weather or other natural events. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges after an international nomination process.

“This national award truly belongs to our employees, who were the driving force behind our successful restoration across our entire service territory of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire,” said Eversource Chair, CEO and President Jim Judge. “Tropical Storm Isaias caused epic devastation, and our employees worked tirelessly — day and night — to address the extensive damage to the electric grid that left hundreds of thousands in the dark. Despite the tough conditions, our employees demonstrated their commitment to being there for our customers and communities when they needed us most.”

Big Y enhances environmental commitment through solar program

SPRINGFIELD — Big Y supermarkets have taken the next step in supporting the production and consumption of clean energy by contracting with Boston-based Nexamp to participate in its community solar program.

Under the agreement with Nexamp, Big Y is subscribing to 19 solar projects across Massachusetts, representing a total of 57 megawatts of capacity, according to a Nexamp press release. Big Y will receive 50 percent of the energy credits generated by these projects.

“These agreements are the latest example of how community solar can benefit energy users of all sizes, from businesses to residential customers,” noted Chris Clark, senior vice president of business development at Nexamp.

The projects included in Big Y’s agreement with Nexamp are located in Massachusetts in the National Grid and Eversource utility service territories, the release states. Big Y and other subscribers to these community solar projects are allocated a portion of the project’s output and receive discounted credits on their utility bill.




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