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In the News: MIT Expert Cites Commonwealth's M2I2 Manufacturing Program in the Boston Globe

An interview with MIT Professor Suzanne Berger in the Globe's ‘Ideas’ section highlights investments from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative and impies the program could be a national model.

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Massachusetts Announces New Manufacturing Grants

WESTBOROUGH — The Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech (CAM), in partnership with the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, has launched a new $2 million grant program that will invest in small- to medium-sized manufacturers across the Commonwealth. The new Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program (MMAP) aims to co-invest in small- to medium-sized manufacturers to better prepare their businesses to meet the demands of ‘Industry 4.0,’ the innovation-driven production methods powered by smart technologies such as data analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, automation, and connected technologies to stay competitive.

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Massachusetts Partners Win $3.3M Grant to Fuel Response to Post-Pandemic Challenges

UMass Lowell announced a $3.3 million federal grant to help face the ongoing manufacturing challenges from COVID-19 and to prepare our supply chains for future public health crises.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $429,000 for New Space Test Facility in the Berkshires

PITTSFIELD - Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new grant totaling approximately $429,000 from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support the development of new specialized equipment for testing the reliability and compatibility of spacecraft components by Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA). Located at the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), EMA will have the only facility in the world capable of both performing testing on materials in a replicated space environment, and the only facility in the world able to design and manufacture the systems capable of producing the energy sources that can replicate the space environment here on earth.

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Christine Nolan Hired as Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) at MassTech

BOSTON – Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - The Baker-Polito Administration has announced the hiring of Christine Nolan as the director of the Commonwealth’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) based at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Commonwealth agency focused on the technology and innovation sectors. Nolan brings a wealth of senior level experience at manufacturing and technology organizations in the region, most recently at Virtual, Inc., based in Wakefield, Mass.

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Shrewsbury’s Industrial Polymers and Chemicals Wins Mass. COVID-19 Health & Safety Challenge


WESTBOROUGH – On Friday, October 30th, a panel of expert judges declared Industrial Polymers and Chemicals of Shrewsbury the winner of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Health & Safety Challenge, a competition focused on developing innovations that will help Massachusetts slow the spread of COVID-19. The Challenge featured pitches from executives at eight established Massachusetts companies, who pitched their designs and business plans aimed at addressing the ongoing public health challenge. Watch the official announcement of the award on YouTube.

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Massachusetts Wins $3.2M DoD Grant to Develop National Model for Manufacturing Technician Training

BOSTON – During a meeting of the Commonwealth’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) on Wednesday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has been awarded a new $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Technology Program (DoD ManTech) to develop a manufacturing technician training program that will serve as a national model. During the meeting, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, a co-chair of the AMC, announced the award, known as “MassBridge,” which will develop and test a state-based training and career pathway model for manufacturing technicians that meets the talent needs of the national Manufacturing USA Institutes and their members.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.5 Million for New Advanced Manufacturing Center

CHICOPEE — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new grant totaling approximately $2,581,109 from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support the development of a new advanced manufacturing center at Convergent Photonics in Chicopee, which is partnering with Western New England University (WNE) on the new facility. Called a ‘Lab for Education and Application Prototyping, or LEAP, the lab will focus on product development, training, and research in the field of integrated photonics, and will be the fourth lab of its kind in the state.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $6.5 Million in New Manufacturing Emergency Response Team Grants

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $6.5 Million to 13 Massachusetts organizations to develop new products to assist in the response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The new grants from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (MERT) will expand the Commonwealth’s work to drive in-state manufacturing of critical products, an effort which has produced more than 11 million pieces of personal protective equipment and other critical pieces as of September.

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Massachusetts Awarded ‘Future of Manufacturing’ Grant from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new ‘Future of Manufacturing’ grant of $499,955 awarded to a collaboration of Massachusetts organizations, which will help the region’s manufacturers pivot their operations to address emerging crises.

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