Node Member Meeting Postponed

First meeting of the membership that was set to take place in April is now being postponed to a later date. 

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A Visit to Wesfield’s Peerless Precision

On Friday, February 14th, leaders of the M2I2 program traveled to Westfield with State Senator Eric Lesser to tour Peerless Precision, a small, woman-owned company that has benefitted from the Commonwealth’s grant program for advanced manufacturers. Read more about the visit.

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Manufacturing USA Annual Report highlights M2I2 Projects

In September, the national Manufacturing USA program released their 2018 Annual Report, titled “Manufacturing USA Annual Report: Delivering Value for the Nation.” In the document, two M2I2-supported projects are highlighted.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Over $5.2 Million in New Advanced Manufacturing Awards

The Baker-Polito Administration announced two new grants totaling over $5.2 million from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support the development of new advanced manufacturing technologies across the state.

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WPI: Bringing Innovations in Flexible Hybrid Electronics to Light

New collaborative research projects and facilities will make WPI a leader at the intersection of flexible hybrid electronics, photonics, and medical devices

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M2I2 Grant Recipients at Northeastern and MIT Test New Ideas

BOSTON - Two university programs that are recipients of Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative grants, Northeastern University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), were highlighted by their respective institutions.

While both of these grantees are part of the Commonwealth’s program to invest in innovative advanced manufacturing they could not be more different, reflecting the broad diversity of the state’s advanced manufacturing sector.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Advanced Manufacturing Awards

WORCESTER – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced four new grants worth $892,699 from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to invest in innovative advanced manufacturing projects across the state. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito was joined by Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy to announce the awards at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), which was awarded funds for a robotics training program for kids. Three collaborative projects led by research teams at University of Massachusetts Lowell also received grant funding.

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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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