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  • Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards
    Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards

    Manufacturing awards: BMP Medical bridges the gap for medical device makers

    Emily Micucci

    BMP Medical in Sterling, a family-owned business, was poised for long-term success from the start.

  • Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards
    Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards

    Manufacturing awards: Yan Wang was promoting EV battery recycling before it was cool

    Livia Gershon

    With the shift from gasoline-powered to electric vehicles well underway, manufacturers are thinking about batteries.

  • Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards
    Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards

    Manufacturing awards: Multiscale Systems relies on geometry to create products with lower carbon footprints

    Kaitlin Yazbek

    At just five years old, Multiscale Systems has already made its mark on the world of research and development.

  • Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards
    Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards

    Manufacturing awards: VALIS develops technology to improve scrap recycling

    Kevin Koczwara

    VALIS grew out of an idea at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Leominster research-and-development company Solvus Global, and the company gives recycling factories solutions by offering them proprietary software to help them make decisions and provide solutions about what to do with the materials those recyclers have collected.

  • Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards
    Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards

    Manufacturing awards: FLEXcon’s new adhesive seeks to change the medical device paradigm

    Kevin Koczwara

    FLEXcon Co., Inc. created OMNI-WAVE technology and it is now being implemented by medical device companies as a way to replace hydrogel, the moist and sticky backing used to attach EKG and ECG devices to patients.

  • Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards
    Focus On Manufacturing Excellence Awards

    Manufacturing awards: Rentschler Biopharma found talent through a MassBioEd-WPI partnership

    Kevin Koczwara

    Milford-based Rentschler Biopharma, Inc. teamed up with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation and Worcester Polytechnic Institute to launch a training program to jump into the field with classroom and onsite training

  • Gardner’s historic downtown Garbose Building latest to be acquired for redevelopment

    Timothy Doyle

    The Garbose Building at 2-10 Parker St. in downtown Gardner has been acquired for redevelopment by Candor Realty of Lowell, the latest in a series of investments in Gardner’s downtown.

  • Advice
    Advice

    Fix your failing targeted recruitment

    Bonnie J. Walker

    It is no longer an added benefit to have and sustain a diverse workforce; it is a necessity in our ever-growing, ever changing national and global economy.

  • Advice
    Advice

    Growing your business: Step one, preparing for the deal

    Amy Morrissey

    It may be every small business owner’s dream: attract the attention of a major company and get acquired for millions of dollars. But before too many dollar signs start dancing in owners’ heads, they need to take some critical steps, or else their business dreams could easily turn into nightmares.

  • Advice
    Advice

    101: Consultant advantages, part 1

    Susan Shalhoub

    In this first of a two-part 101, we look at the advantages and disadvantages of using consultants in your company on a contractual basis.

  • 5 Things I know about ... Hiring a home improvement contractor

    Michael Brangwynne

    I am often contacted by aggrieved homeowners, who have retained a home improvement contractor and find themselves in a difficult situation: Project deadlines have past, costs have soared, and phone calls are unanswered.

  • Opinion
    Opinion

    Viewpoint: The U.S. has lost its edge on chips manufacturing. We want the Northeast to win it back.

    Yvonne Hao and Christine Nolan

    Forty years ago, the U.S. was a global leader in manufacturing semiconductors and microelectronics. We not only invented the technology, we invested in research and produced 40% of the world’s chips. Today, the U.S. makes just 10%.

  • Opinion
    Opinion

    A Thousand Words: The Central Mass. housing market

    Ramón L. Sandoval

    Obstacles like high interest rates and a lack of inventory get in the way of buying a home.

  • Editorial
    Editorial

    Editorial: Reinventing the manufacturing sector

    Both domestic and international economic conditions continue to show cause for concern, with the rippling effects of two major bank closures still visible, and uncertainties about inflation and our ability to sidestep a recession remain top of mind. Yet, certain business sectors still provide cause for optimism, and in Central Massachusetts, there’s much to like about the staying power of the manufacturing industry.

  • Editorial
    Editorial

    From the Editor: The joy of awards

    With this April 3 edition, we arrive at another set of awards, the third of five WBJ will publish this year. The Manufacturing Excellence Awards remains our only sector-specific award and honors accomplishments in one of the foundational industries in Central Mass.

  • Movers & Shakers
    Movers & Shakers

    Movers & Shakers for April 3, 2023

    Employees are on the move at Akoya Biosciences, Milford Regional Medical Center, and MutualOne Bank, with new hires joining operations and promotions happening within organizations.

Today's Poll

Why do you primarily visit the Canal District neighborhood in Worcester?
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Poll Description

The Canal District has gone through a number of transitions over the last few decades. The neighborhood once had one of the higher poverty rates in Worcester when businesses like the Dive Bar moved in, followed by a number of locally owned restaurants and bars. Just over 10 years ago, the retail shop Crompton Collective started attracting a different crowd of people looking for unique goods. This eclectic mix of small businesses and a walkable, urban vibe attracted the owners of Pawtucket Red Sox to move their baseball team in 2021 to the newly developed $160-million Polar Park, the most expensive minor league baseball stadium ever built. That development is being followed by a wave of market-rate multifamily housing projects, which are at varying degrees of development.