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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.5 Million Mass. Manufacturing Innovation Initiative Grant to North Andover’s 6K

NORTH ANDOVER – Thursday, April 7, 2022 – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new $1.5 million grant from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to 6K, which will boost the company’s cutting-edge production of advanced materials that are used in additive manufacturing and in the production of batteries for electric vehicles, grid storage, and consumer electronics. 6K’s cutting-edge UniMelt® microwave technology is “quintessentially Massachusetts” in terms of its innovative, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly characteristics, which recycles scrap materials or used metal powder or parts that would otherwise have gone to landfill, and instead transforms it into premium metal powder used in 3D printing for the production parts used in aerospace, defense, medical, and automotive applications. 6K has also announced a new 33,000-square-foot battery center of excellence pre-production facility in North Andover, which will be one of the largest battery material production facilities in the United States.

 

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.8 Million from Mass. Manufacturing Innovation Initiative

LAWRENCE – Tuesday, March 8, 2022 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $2.8 million in new infrastructure grants through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative or M2I2 to three growing manufacturers. The three grants were announced by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy during an event at 99Degrees Custom in Lawrence, a 375-employee manufacturer of tech-integrated apparel, which received nearly $1.1 million in new state support. Grants were also awarded to Soliyarn, a maker of smart textiles based in Belmont, and to Human Systems Integration (H.S.I.), a wearable technology company headquartered in Walpole.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Over $2 Million to Support Massachusetts Manufacturers

FALL RIVER, MASS. — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the first round of grants from the new Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program (MMAP), awarding $2,157,416 to 13 manufacturers from across the Commonwealth. The grants were announced by Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy and were managed by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech Collaborative (CAM).

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AIM Photonics and Spark Photonics Team Up to Develop Hands-on Educational PIC Chip

Spark Photonics, a MadeinMA commercial photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design house and AIM Photonics have teamed up to develop a new educational PIC chip! The chip and kit are entirely designed, developed, manufactured, and distributed in the U.S., providing new hands-on learning for integrated photonics.

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WPI Researchers Are Awarded +$1.7 Million to Develop Electronic Gloves that Tele-operate Robotic Systems

SEMI-FlexTech, a consortium working to advance manufacturing of printed flexible electronics, has awarded $920,696 in federal funds from a cooperative agreement with the Army Research Laboratory for development of the glove. The Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), a state effort to advance manufacturing innovations and job growth through industry-academic collaborations, has awarded an additional $844,242 for the purchase of equipment at WPI and UMass Lowell that will be used to produce and test a prototype glove.

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WPI Becomes a Member of 12 of the 16 Manufacturing USA Institutes

WPI has earned a coveted position as a member of 12 of the 16 Manufacturing USA institutes, with centers that cut across multiple disciplines.

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ABCorp Expands Library of Materials for Additive Manufacturing

BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Banknote Corporation (ABCorp), one of the longest-standing manufacturing service providers in the U.S., announced the expansion of their Boston-based Center of Excellence capabilities. ABCorp adds Nylon 11 (PA11) to the catalog of cutting-edge materials at the Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC) in Boston MA.

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M2I2 Award Funds $1.6M Robotics Project in North-Central Massachusetts

WESTBOROUGH, MASS. – On Friday, October 15, 2021, Christine Nolan, director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the MassTech Collaborative (CAM) joined leaders from the North Central Massachusetts manufacturing community and elected officials including Congressman Jim McGovern for the opening of Solvus Global’s new Center for Scaled Innovation in Manufacturing in Leominster, Mass.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.3 Million in Manufacturing Innovation Funds

LOWELL – Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new $2.3 million grant to Lowell-based composites manufacturer Specialty Materials, Inc., an award from the Commonwealth’s Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2). The award will support the expansion of Specialty’s production of its boron-based composite materials, materials widely used in aerospace, sporting goods, and industrial applications to strengthen products. The M2I2 grant will support a project that will nearly triple the size of the Specialty Material’s manufacturing capability, adding an additional 75 employees and $6 million per year of spending in Massachusetts.

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Merrow Manufacturing Expands Fall River, Massachusetts, Operations

MassDevelopment provided a $1 million equipment loan from the CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund to Merrow Manufacturing to support the company’s first phase of a major expansion and buy equipment, in Fall River, Massachusetts.

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