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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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Next Generation of Fabrics will Protect Public

LOWELL, Mass. - A team of UMass Lowell researchers has partnered with a research and development company to create new, cost-effective sensor-laden textiles that can be used to monitor the structural health and integrity of vital infrastructures across the country, including buildings and skyscrapers, roadways, bridges, tunnels, railway tracks, dams and pipelines.

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A Hypersonic Boost for SI2 Technologies, UML

By: Rick Sobey

Billerica's SI2 Technologies, Inc. and UMass Lowell are about to learn all about hypersonic applications, thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative.

Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash announced the grant at SI2 Technologies on Thursday, before touring the Boston Road facility with company president and CEO Joseph Kunze, along with UMass Lowell faculty and other officials.

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