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Mass. loses 500 jobs in December, gained 63K in 2017

State House News Service |

The state unemployment rate dropped slightly in the final month of 2017, falling by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.5 percent despite a loss of 500 jobs, state officials announced Thursday.

Former Worcester pickle factory sold for $425K

New England Food, Paper & Poultry, based in Providence, will move to Worcester after purchasing the former Regal Pickle Factory at 41 Mason St. for $425,000, according to land records and real estate...

FLEXcon eyes lean manufacturing with new CFO

Spencer manufacturer of coated and laminated films FLEXcon Co., Inc. has hired a new chief financial officer the company hopes will develop a new financial strategy focused on lean manufacturing.

Marlborough drugmaker to focus on lucrative cancer treatment

Zachary Comeau |

Marlborough drugmaker RXi Pharmaceuticals is shifting its business strategy to focus on the development of the most potentially lucrative of its three treatment areas.

Beer bottle manufacturer to close Milford facility

Zachary Comeau |

Glass container manufacturer Ardagh Group announced Monday it will close its Milford production facility, which employs 250 people.

WPI, QCC get $4M for new photonics lab

Grant Welker |

Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Quinsigamond Community College announced Thursday they'll start a new photonics lab thanks to a $4-million Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative grant.

Primetals names new president and CEO of U.S. operation

Metal manufacturer Primetals Technologies on Wednesday named Yoshiharu Ikeda as its new president and CEO for the company's U.S. headquarters based in Worcester.

Marlborough medical device maker eyes Asia Pacific market

Zachary Comeau |

A Marlborough maker of medical devices to treat cardiac disorders like atrial fibrillation has expanded its partnership with a Japanese firm to bring the products to Asia-Pacific countries.

Simonds International's flurry of activity

Fitchburg saw manufacturer Simonds International has been in business since the 1800s and prides itself on its ability to adapt to customers' needs and the industry.

Newly-led Rotman company acquires Rotman's $5M distribution firm

Zachary Comeau |

An Atlanta rubber latex product manufacturer that recently moved to Worcester has acquired a business entity owned by furniture executive Steve Rotman less than a month after Rotman was named CEO of...

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