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SEWING UP GROWTH: ParsonsKellogg President Thomas Parsons “Tom” Kellogg III, left, said he’s just a “T-shirt salesman.” Embroidery specialist Monet Sanders works with T-shirts and more for the promotional-products distributor. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Promotional products group backs ‘disciplined freedom’

FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES | $25M-$75M | 1ST PLACE “I’m a T-shirt salesman,” joked Thomas Parsons “Tom” Kellogg III, who said that, beyond that description, he...
WHAT A RELIEF: Life Wear Technologies staffer Rafaela Hernandez packs CryoMax products at the company’s North Kingstown facility. The company is expanding its distribution to Japan and Mexico. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Athletes, weekend warriors find value in Life Wear products

FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES | $5M-$25M | 1ST PLACE Life Wear Technologies Inc. already has shown significant growth. But more is to come. The maker of branded...
REWIRING EDUCATION: Bryant University’s Academic Innovation Center includes breakout rooms for study and project work that support group learning. Here, Catherine Emond, class of 2017, writes on a glass board with other members of her study group engaged as well. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Bryant’s Innovation Center is transforming teaching, learning

INNOVATIVE COMPANIES | EDUCATION Bryant University’s visually striking Academic Innovation Center, which opened September 2016, is designed to shun passive learning and lengthy lecturing. Instead,...
SMALL PRODUCT, big LEAP: Rich Grundy, right, president of AVTECH Software, talks about the company’s new Active Power Sensor with Marketing Manager Russel Benoit, left, and company founder and CEO Michael Sigourney, middle. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

New sensor technology boosts, expands AVTECH capabilities

INNOVATIVE COMPANIES | MANUFACTURING Checking the power status of multiple servers in a data center is an information technology department nightmare. It’s a time-consuming and...
PLAY BALL! Ilya Reikhrud of Gulpfish, standing, conducts a management- training session with employees of Arooga’s Grill House & Sports Bar in Warwick.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Gulpfish’s artificial intelligence streamlines job application process

INNOVATIVE COMPANIES | TECHNOLOGY Matching qualified job applicants with hiring employers can be tedious and inefficient. “Ninety-five to 98 percent of applicants drop off of online...
BETTER CHOICES: Gilbane has replaced unhealthy vending-machine snacks with more nutritious options. Alia Sasa, left, an instructional designer, and Thien Nguyen, HRIS administrator, sort through the options at the company’s Providence headquarters. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

2,000-4,999 Employees | 1 | Gilbane Inc. | Gilbane leadership...

CEO (or equivalent): Thomas F. Gilbane, CEO and chairman Number of employees: 2,000 “It gives you goose bumps,” said Wes ­Cotter, director of corporate communications at...

150-499 Employees | 2 | Dave’s Marketplace| Online portals, science, keep...

CEO (or equivalent): David Cesario, owner Number of employees: 440 Dave’s Marketplace’s wellness program is paying dividends, despite the fact its 440 employees are enticed with...

150-499 Employees | 3 | Cooley Group | Reprioritizing a win...

CEO (or equivalent): Daniel Dwight, CEO and president Number of employees: 272 The Cooley Plankers is not the name of a rock group, but the moniker...

5,000+ Employees | 5 | UniFirst Corp. | Company locations choose...

CEO (or equivalent): Steven S. Sintros, CEO and president Number of employees: 10,765 Wellness program options – biometric screenings, free flu shots, smoking cessation, weight-loss/fitness challenges,...
UNITED NATURAL FOODS reported net income of $38.9 million for its fiscal fourth quarter, an increase of 12.1 percent over the same fiscal 2016 period.

5,000+ Employees | 6 | United Natural Foods Inc. | ...

CEO (or equivalent): Steven Spinner, CEO and president Number of employees: 9,072 At United Natural Foods Inc., associates who get healthy fatten their wallets – through...
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