In addition to its standing atop the largest company category in Providence Business News’ Fastest-Growing Private Companies list, Rhode Island-based jewelry brand Alex and Ani LLC recently was named one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. magazine. With revenue shooting up from $2.2 million in 2009 to $79.8 million in 2012, Alex and Ani ranked fourth in the Top 100 Retail Companies category and 94th overall. CEO Giovanni Feroce attributes this growth to a “triple bottom line” approach – profitability, environmentalism and charity.
By Victor Paul Alvarez
Factories turned out more cars, appliances and home furnishings in August, propelling the biggest increase in U.S. industrial production in six months and indicating manufacturing will contribute more to the expansion.
Volkswagen Group of America’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., has experienced something unusual: a union welcomed by management but faced with resistance from some workers. A combination of outdated labor laws and union intransigence has created this oddity.
Lego fans no longer need to fret about the cat or dog knocking over their constructions. When bothersome housepets or other pests come too close, they can ward off the intruder with one of their plastic-brick creations.
Export-controls violations at United Technologies and Raytheon and the ongoing bribery investigations at JP Morgan and Wal-Mart are just some notable examples from the steady pace of stories in the news media concerning corporate compliance issues.
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