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IN SEARCH OF THE EDGE: Lean manufacturing and use of Kaizen principles have helped Hayward Industries prosper on a global scale. Pictured are technicians Joseph Veillette, right, and Chanouch Soeum with Hayward Industries Continuous Improvement Manager Gregory Fowler, standing. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Living lean and making big splash across the globe

For the nearly 200-person-strong team over at residential swimming pool equipment manufacturer Hayward Industries Inc. of North Kingstown, the concept of lean manufacturing means...

Bringing social wellness into the mainstream

Innovation is at the core of ShapeUp Inc., an 8-year-old Providence-based global provider of social networking and incentives-based employee-wellness solutions. In fact, ShapeUp founder...
TECHNOLOGY

VCharge works toward a better energy future

Since opening its doors back in 2009, the team at Providence-based VCharge has been hard at work evolving the electric grid to support a...
4TH PLACE
CEO (or equivalent):  Bruce A. Charleson, president and CEO 2013 REVENUE: $58.7 million 2011 REVENUE: $44.3 million REVENUE GROWTH: 32%

With family at the core, lumber firm branches out

From its humble beginnings as a portable sawmill operation back in 1911, South Kingstown-based and family-owned Arnold Lumber Co. has grown into a $60...
2ND PLACE
CEO (or equivalent):  Tom Leonard, founder and president 2013 REVENUE: $37.09 million 2011 REVENUE: $25.58 million REVENUE GROWTH: 45%

Pushing past stereotypes, company is flying high

Pawtucket-based American Partners Inc. – a division of BG Staffing founded in 2007 – is a staff-augmentation company in the business intelligence, performance...
FINDING A FASTER WAY: When Patricia Steere founded her company, she found a niche in replacing bridges more quickly than it had been done traditionally. Here she confers with Chief Engineer Martin Pierce on the site of the Providence Viaduct replacement. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Steere: Building bridges to business success

Having spent the better part of the 1980s working on nuclear power plants, structural engineer Patricia Steere made a career switch to bridge engineering...
4TH PLACE
CEO (or equivalent):  Peter Crump, Matt Dempsey,  co-owners 2013 REVENUE: $10 million 2011 REVENUE: $6.8 million REVENUE GROWTH: 47%

Streamlining construction with a cultural approach

When Peter Crump and Matt Dempsey became business partners at Providence-based general-contracting firm Site Specific LLC back in 2007, the duo worked out of...
5TH PLACE
CEO (or equivalent):  Natale P. Calamis, president and CEO 2013 REVENUE: $41.2 million 2011 REVENUE: $34 million REVENUE GROWTH: 21%

Longtime broker finds opportunities abound

When manufacturer James Starkweather and insurance professional George Shepley decided to join forces back in 1879 in an attempt to change the way people...
FAST TRACK, BIG CHALLENGES: Taking the role of CFO of GTECH Americas earlier this year is not the most challenging role that Sandra W. Beaver took on in the last year. The diagnosis and treatment of daughter Kiley for acute lymphoblastic leukemia has helped her handle work-related stress more easily. / PBN PHOTO/JAIME LOWE

New GTECH CFO provides leadership, stability

After completing her studies in California back in 2002, Sandra W. Beaver decided to move back to the East Coast to look for a...
POWERFUL PIECES: Sandar Osorio assembles capacitors for East Providence-based Evans Capacitor, a producer of electronic components with exacting customers in the aerospace and defense industries. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Capacitor builder invents its way to success

The brainchild of cousins Dave Evans and Charlie Dewey, the Evans Capacitor Co. in East Providence has been inventing, developing and producing unique, high-energy,...
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