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SJC Drums quadruples space with new Southbridge facility

Zachary Comeau |

The 60,000-square-foot facility custom drum manufacturer SJC Drums just moved into is booming with potential.

Proposal could tax Airbnbs at 17.5 percent

Short-term housing units rented through websites like Airbnb could be taxed at almost 17.5 percent in Boston, and Massachusetts would be the first state to maintain a central registry.

IPG Photonics' $215M expansion plans reduced 68%

The planned expansion of IPG Photonics' Oxford headquarters was reduced before voters approved a 15-year tax agreement at a town meeting Wednesday.

Board to take up Franklin pot grower application, but no testing facilities

Zachary Comeau |

The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday is expected to take up license applications from a Franklin-based grower, but no licenses for a testing facility will be heard.

Oxford voters to decide fate of TIF for IPG Photonics' $215M expansion

Zachary Comeau |

Oxford-based IPG Photonics is seeking a 15-year tax agreement with town voters Wednesday to help facilitate the firm's $215-million expansion.

Movers & Shakers

Movers and shakers in Central Massachusetts from July 9 to July 23.

The development of affordable housing in the region has spiked

Grant Welker |

Across Central Massachusetts, the rate of new subsidized housing units has sped up as the housing market has remained tight, outpacing the state average.

Local mental health organizations struggle with spiking suicide rates

Grant Welker |

As mental health providers in Central Massachusetts have expanded services to meet a growing need, they bump up against a capacity strained by funding and staffing limits.

Manufacturers look to avoid layoffs as Trump's tariffs eat into their bottom line

Zachary Comeau |

The impacts of tariffs have been swift and immediate for Central Massachusetts manufacturers, who are seeing raw material costs spike while they remain locked in deals for goods.

Tree House Brewing's expansion gets town approval

Zachary Comeau |

Tree House Brewing Co. has only been operating in Charlton for about a year, but it is gearing up for another expansion after the town approved plans for a 16,000-square-foot addition.

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