Agawam company obtains a labor subsidy

Belt technologies, a manufacturer of metal belt conveyor solutions and custom conveyor systems for more than five decades, received a grant of $ 45,600 to help train 24 workers and create at least two new jobs before 2023.

The State Executive Office for Work and Workforce Development Workforce Training Fund grant is administered by the Commonwealth Corporation.

“This grant provides us with a unique opportunity to not only grow our workforce, but also provide new and useful skills to the people we already employ,” said Denis Gagnon, owner and CEO of Belt. Technologies. “We are proud to have been selected as one of 99 Massachusetts companies to receive this grant. These funds will be an integral part of financing the continuing education of our employees who wish to advance in the world of manufacturing. “

More than $ 8 million has been awarded to companies in Massachusetts, investing in various industries. Belt plans to use the funds to help employees complete several training programs that will improve their skills in tooling, scheduled maintenance and lean manufacturing principles. It currently employs 39 people at Agawam and plans to add two new manufacturing positions to increase its capacity.

“We are always looking for ways to employ more people from our community,” Belt President Alan Wosky said. “We’re a global company, selling to distributors all over the world, but our heart is right here in Western Massachusetts, where our employees live and work. We hope that these new positions that we are adding will help us achieve our goals and provide a stable environment for employees to work and learn important skills. “

House of Gift Helpers Keiter Corp.

Keiter Corp. donated $ 10,000 to the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce for a promotion that will allow consumers to purchase a $ 25 Northampton Gift Card and receive $ 50 in actual purchasing power.

This Keiter investment, aimed at helping continue to stimulate the local economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be complemented by a contribution of $ 2,500 from the Chamber’s Community Revitalization Fund, enabling 250 of the $ 25 the dual value Northampton gift. cards for sale.

Billed as a ‘Kickstart the Community with a Keiter Card’ campaign, the promotion kicks off Thursday and will last until the cards are sold. There is a limit of one card per customer, per transaction. Cards are available at the room desk, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers must mention that they want a “Keiter Card”. Cards are accepted in 65 restaurants, shops and other establishments.

“We care about our community and where we live,” said Scott Keiter, founder and president of the company with his wife, Jill, chief financial officer. “Our families are here. Our company is here. We saw this as an opportunity to market our business in a way that benefits the local business community and consumers. We try to reinvest in other ways.

“COVID-19 was not fair,” he added. “Some industries, individuals and families have been hit much harder than others. We see this as a way to help people come back and feel better about having a great meal and spending time in downtown Northampton. Let’s continue to develop positive energy downtown and support our business community.

Based in Florence, Keiter has been providing general contractor and construction management services in Western Massachusetts since 2010 for its commercial and residential projects.

Scott Keiter is a member of the chamber’s board of directors and its finance committee.

“We see this as a positive way to invest in our community,” added Keiter. “Things are coming back to life. It’s another small piece of the puzzle. Another piece of forward movement. We hope this will be very fruitful and trigger a cascade of other organizations to get involved in similar actions. “

S. Hadley Utility Offers Internet Savings

South Hadley Electric Light Department is participating in the federal broadband emergency benefits program, aimed at reducing the impacts of COVID on those who may be in financial difficulty.

The program, which is administered by the Federal Communications Commission, offers eligible customers a credit of $ 50 on their monthly bill for Fibersonic, the Light Department’s GIG broadband Internet service. Fibersonic normally costs $ 74.99 per month.

The criteria, set by the federal government, include income thresholds, participation in certain assistance programs, or substantial loss of income due to job loss or leave during the pandemic.

“It’s something that’s available, and we wanted our customers to be able to take advantage of it,” said Kelly Frazier, Marketing and Customer Service Manager. “It’s one way to help our customers who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. “

Clients who were approved for the program received their first credit in July. The federal program will be available to eligible clients until funding runs out, or up to six months after the Department of Health and Human Services ends the current declaration of the COVID public health emergency.

Utility, meanwhile, is moving forward with building its Fibersonic program. Deployment is about 50% built and the lighting department is expected to be about 60% built by the end of the year.

“We have 1,100 Fibersonic clients, with no end in sight,” Frazier said. “There was a lot of satisfaction with the service; we receive applications every day.

Monson Savings celebrates its 1st anniversary

Monson Savings Bank will be hosting a First Anniversary Celebration of its East Longmeadow branch at 61 N. Main St. from noon to 6 p.m. on August 1st. 19. Community members and clients are invited.

The bank will offer fun activities, free gifts as long as they last, and sweepstakes. The batch ice cream truck will be on site from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., serving free ice cream while supplies last.

Aimee Kohn, Branch Manager, and the whole team look forward to the celebration.

“I am so excited that we can finally properly celebrate our new branch in East Longmeadow with the whole community. When we opened last year we couldn’t have a proper grand opening so we’re ready to celebrate and have a lot of fun. I think everyone who visits will appreciate the activities, freebies and treats we have planned, ”Kohn said.

“Our new branch has been very busy and very successful in its first year. We are very grateful to the customers and community members who welcomed and supported us. We look forward to the community coming together to celebrate the success with us, ”she added.

The bank has made many contributions to the community, including, but not limited to: a donation of $ 10,000 to the town’s veterans memorial, a donation of $ 1,000 to the 2021 prom of the East Longmeadow High School and a donation of $ 2,050 to this year’s July 4th Fireworks and Summer Concert Series. In addition, the bank awarded $ 6,000 in scholarships to graduates of East Longmeadow High School.

Bank President and CEO Dan Moriarty said: “The opening of a branch of Monson Savings Bank in East Longmeadow has met a need for many of our existing customers and created the opportunity. to build relationships with many new customers in the region. We are very happy to maintain community banking services in East Longmeadow and to be a member of the East Longmeadow community. We are proud to support not only the events and projects of the city, but also the individual members of this community. Thank you to everyone who showed great support to our new branch.

AAA Northeast wins Telly Award

AAA Northeast announced that its “People are our heart and our soulThe video was named a winner in the Branded Content category of the 42nd annual Telly Awards. It is the third Telly the Providence-based company to win in the past six years, including two Bronze Awards in 2016 and 2017.

The one-minute video – produced by ELEMENT Productions at the height of the pandemic – aimed to reassure AAA members, employees and their communities that AAA Northeast would be there for them. The video features AAA Northeast employees who go to extraordinary lengths to serve their neighborhoods.

When it comes to messaging, the AAA Northeast team wanted to bring the AAA value statement to life, said Lisa Melton, senior vice president of marketing at AAA Northeast.

“It felt natural to focus on our employees, who remained committed to making a difference when the pandemic first emerged,” said Melton. “There really was no better illustration of how the AAA’s value statement – helping and serving – is more than words, it’s a way of life for us. “

The Telly Awards recognize excellence in video and television across all screens and are judged by executives from companies such as Netflix, Dow Jones, A&E Networks, Hearst Media, Nickelodeon, ESPN Films and Vimeo.

“In the face of a year like no other, AAA Northeast has continued to challenge the limits of our new world, continuing to create captivating and engaging work,” said Sabrina Dridje, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.

Last year, the Telly Awards attracted over 12,000 entries from top video content producers including Adobe, Adult Swim, BBC, Condé Nast, J. Paul Getty Museum, PBS, Playstation, RadicalMedia, T Brand Studio, Ogilvy & Mather and The Walt Company Disney. The full list of the 42nd annual Telly Awards winners is available at