In the News: "Advancing manufacturing: New state initiatives discussed at BCC"

PITTSFIELD — A state-funded, cutting edge manufacturing program is making its way across the state and is targeting the Berkshires for growth.

Two directors of advanced manufacturing programs at the MassTech Innovation Institute provided an overview of the agency's Manufacturing Innovation Initiative, also known as M2I2, on Tuesday at Berkshire Community College.

The innovation initiative is a capital grants program that provides capital cost shares for projects and discovery centers throughout the state, and is aligned with the federal government's Manufacturing USA program. M2I2 is overseen by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Executive Officer of Housing and Economic Development.

Via the Berkshire Eagle.

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In the News: "Fiber Optics Maker AFL Global Moving to Westford from Lowell"

By: Jonathan Ng

A major provider of fiber optic cables announced Thursday it is moving its offices to Westford.

AFL Global, a South Carolina-based company that manufactures fiber optic hardware and equipment, made its first foray into the Bay State eight years ago with the opening of a new research and development facility in Lowell. The company also has manufacturing operations in North Grafton.

Read more via The Boston Herald

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Over $3.7 Million to Spur Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing

MARLBOROUGH - January 17, 2019 - Today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Marlborough Mayor Arthur G. Vigeant and Representative Carmine L. Gentile to announce $3.7 million in new grants from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), the Commonwealth’s program to invest in innovative advanced manufacturing projects. The Lt. Governor announced three awards that involve partners and project sites across the Commonwealth, including MetroWest, Merrimack Valley, South Coast, North Shore, and Western Massachusetts, highlighting the statewide impact of advanced manufacturing.

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PTC Offers Free ThingWorx Starter Kit to Massachusetts Manufacturers, Fueling State-Wide Digital Transformation Efforts

NEEDHAM - PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced a new collaboration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support local manufacturing in the state. As part of this collaboration, PTC will offer small and medium sized manufacturers (SMMs) the opportunity to receive a free, one-year license of PTC’s ThingWorx® Industrial Innovation Platform, which helps organizations capitalize on the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and transform their operations. 

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NextFlex Announces Two Affiliated “Nodes” to Further Support Growing Flexible Hybrid Electronics Community in Massachusetts and NY

San Jose, Calif., September 18, 2018 — NextFlex®, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute, today announced the formation of two Institute “Nodes” in New York and Massachusetts aimed to increase the volume, pace and coordination of FHE development in their respective regions.....The NextFlex Massachusetts Node, led by the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), will leverage the established network of NextFlex members to catalyze the development of the FHE ecosystem with a focus on manufacturing processes. The Node will leverage prior state investments at University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Northeastern University, and support from the University of Massachusetts President’s Office.

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Governor Baker Announces $7 Million in New Advanced Manufacturing Awards and Celebrates Opening of UMass Lowell’s Fabric Discovery Center

LOWELL, MA - July 12, 2018 — Today, Governor Charlie Baker joined leaders from UMass Lowell, national manufacturing institutes and the Massachusetts advanced manufacturing community to officially open the Fabric Discovery Center at UMass Lowell, a unique research and development facility. The center will drive innovation in textile research and provide a foundation for collaboration between university research, students, and companies from across the Commonwealth. 

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In the News: Mass. manufacturers undergo a high-tech transformation

The Boston Globe highlights the new face of Advanced Manufacturing in Massachusetts and cites the M2I2 grant program. 

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The WBJ 2018 Manufacturing Summit & Excellence Awards

On Thursday, April 26, 2018 the Worcester Business Journal presented the third annual 2018 Manufacturing Summit & Excellence Awards.  The event included panel discussions, networking with industry leaders, and a celebration for the 2018 Central Mass “Manufacturing Excellence Award” honorees.

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AFFOA & MIT Launch Advanced Fabrics Entrepreneurship Program

Cambridge-based AFFOA has partnered with MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) to foster a new program that "aims to prepare the next generation of smart-fabrics entrepreneurs," housed at facility supported by the Commonwealth's M2I2 Advanced Manufacturing grant program. 

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