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In a shifting banking landscape, with its kaleidoscope of mergers and acquisitions, name changes and ever-evolving strategies to increase market share and earnings, Washington Trust Bancorp Inc., parent of The Washington Trust Co., has a shareholder mix that’s typical for community banks but solid advances in profitability that help it stand out from competitors. more
Groov-Pin Corp., a Smithfield-based precision manufacturer of industrial pins and threaded inserts, has put collaboration at the heart of its business model during the past few years, and the result has been almost a completely new company. more
Whenever Providence Business News starts a new program, there is a great deal of enthusiasm, optimism and just all-around warm, fuzzy feelings. This year’s Manufacturing Awards are no exception. more
Cheryl W. Snead, owner, president and CEO of Banneker Industries Inc. in North Smithfield, realized in the early 1990s that manufacturing was the company’s historic foundation, but no longer its greatest strength. more
Most employers would agree that a flexible and educated workforce is essential for world-class performance. Hexagon Metrology Inc., based at Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown, adds that this goal is not easy to achieve. more
For the second consecutive year, Rhode Island and Providence will throw competing highway and mass-transit expansion plans into the race for federal transportation funding. more
From the boom years of the 1990s to the Great Recession, Bristol’s TJ Russell Supply has relied on customer service to help it stand out from competitors. “That’s sort of our niche – that personal service,” said owner Erik Warner, pictured above. “[We] take pride in finding the best, most economical solutions for [customers’] supply needs and we like to do it on a personal level.” The wholesale cleaning-supply business, now in its 43rd year, offers approximately 5,000 different products. And most of its business is still done by what some would consider old-fashioned methods – through email, phone and fax. more
At the Foundry complex in Providence, owners are poised to fill the remaining vacant portions of the historic former Brown & Sharpe Mill with luxury apartments. more
The Providence Business News Executive Poll is a weekly survey of 70 business leaders throughout the state, representing small and large companies in a variety of industries. more
Total Fitness Clubs recently announced that its Bristol club raised more than $18,000 for the American Cancer Society during this year’s annual Pedal to End Cancer (formerly Spin for Hope) event. more
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