New project will bring jobs to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s a new project in Springfield that launches new businesses in an effort to create more jobs for unemployed residents.

It’s called the Wellspring Upholstery Cooperative. It gives local residents jobs with creating and manufacturing furniture for other large scale businesses.

The program started two months ago, but just celebrated a ribbon cutting Wednesday. Organizers say it’s an exciting time for Springfield.

Emily Kawano, the Co-Director of Wellspring Collaborative, told 22News, “This is so exciting. It’s the first business of what we hope will be many cooperative businesses that provide entry level jobs in low income areas of Springfield.”

The success of this program is based on its partnerships. Wellspring Collaborative works with some of the largest employers in the state, like hospitals and universities that agree to purchase services and goods locally.

The program has already started making large orders of furniture for places such as Westfield City Hall and UMass.