Holyoke awarded $200K for Brownfield Cleanup

The City of Holyoke has been awarded $200,000 in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a competitive brownfields cleanup grant that would go towards cleaning up a contaminated property at 689 Main Street. Formerly the location of an automotive sale and service facility known as “Automania”, the half acre site has sat vacant since 1996 in an area that has been used for industrial purposes since 1900. The property has been owned by the City since 1996 for ...

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WIN Column: VeritechIT

VeritechIT, a local technology consulting firm, is getting bigger, better office space at the former textile and paper factory know as Open Square. Open Square is a historic, mixed-use 19th-century mill complex, in the middle of Holoyoke’s urban core which touts its zero net energy usage.

The company has brought in 20 employees to the City and plans to create up to 10 additional jobs by the end of 2014, then grow to 60 to 90 employees by the end ...

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U.S. Tsubaki Breaks Ground on Expansion

The Holyoke-based manufacturer U.S. Tsubaki recently broke ground on its Roller Chain Division facility expansion.  Located at 821 Main Street at the Springdale Industrial Park, the project involves an approximately 11,000 square foot addition to the company’s existing 209,000 square foot facility. The expansion has been aided by a local tax incentive, facilitating over $6 Million in investment and the commitment of a minimum of 15 new jobs.

U.S. Tsubaki has operated at its current location since 1988, when it purchased ...

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WIN: New Food Establishments in Holyoke

Two small businesses have recently invested in Holyoke and are contributing to the growing food industry in the City. Susan’s Cafe is located at 930 Hampden Street and The Cake Lady located at 123 High Street.

Susan’s Cafe is owned by Susan Goff and located on Hampden Street at the former site of Luchini’s Restaurant and most recently Rigali’s Highland Lunch. They serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week and will deliver to local businesses Monday-Friday. Click here for ...

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W.I.N. Column: Simple Diaper & Linen

Mayor Alex B. Morse and Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce President Kathy Anderson cut the ribbon on a new business, Simple Diaper Linen located in the historic Wauregan Building at 415 Dwight Street. The event took place on Wednesday, February 20, 2012 at 11AM.

Simple Diaper & Linen recently opened their doors for business in downtown Holyoke, expanding their eco-conscious business in a Green City. They have transitioned their business from a home based operation in Northampton to a commercial location, ...

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W.I.N. Column: Valley Opportunity Council

As proof of their commitment to the community, the Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) recently purchased and rehabilitated a residential property on the corner of Hampden and Pearl Streets in Holyoke to provide 11 units of market rate housing near the Center City.  The VOC has identified the need for market-rate housing in the City of Holyoke with no significant governmental subsidies.  Giving the residents of Holyoke an array of options as they advance into self-sufficiency is the goal of the VOC, ...

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WIN: Dirk Auferoth And Associates

Dirk Auferoth and Associates will invest approximately $481,000 over the next 5 years into the acquisition and renovation of 532 Main Street, the 130,000 square foot building along a major gateway into the Center City. The company will relocate from their currently leased 10,000 square foot space on South Summer Street to a 20,000 square foot space on Main Street. This purchase made by Dirk & Suzannah Auferoth will also retain the seven businesses currently occupying space within the building. They will look to fill the ...

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Holyoke awarded $30K for Creative Economy

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) this week announced new grants to support artist work and live spaces across the Commonwealth through their ArtistLink grant program. The MCC awarded the City of Holyoke $20,000 and an additional $10,000 to the Canal Gallery onDwight Street.

“These funds will allow us to plan for the expansion of the creative economy in Holyoke. At the same time we’ll be able to provide direct assistance to property owners so that they can transform their spaces for ...

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W.I.N. Column: U.S. Tsubaki

U.S. Tsubaki will be making an investment to expand operations and create additional jobs at their location at 821 Main Street in Holyoke. The investment was approved locally by the City Council on September 4, as a Certified Project and will receive Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as part of the Commonwealth’s Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP). The 20,000 (approx.) square foot building expansion cost is estimated at $1M and the equipment investment is projected at $5M-$6M. The expansion ...

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W.I.N. Column: Universal Plastics

Universal Plastics Corp. was bought by a father-son duo, Jay and Sunil Kumar of New York and New Jersey respectively, from Joseph Peters. Sunil Kumar has an extensive background in manufacturing and his son Jay is a graduate of Cornell University who has experience in the investment arena. The new family ownership plans to keep and grow the company in Holyoke, which now has approximately 70 employees.

Universal Plastics was founded in 1965 and specializes in custom thermoforming, which ...

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