Blueprint for manufacturing

Rhode Island proudly lays claim to being the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. More than 230 years ago, Samuel Slater built the nation's first water-powered textile mill in Pawtucket, thereby launching an era of rapid change in how we make things. Over time, Rhode Island's economy, like much of America's, was built on the…

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  1. RIMA’s mission is to promote and support the more than 1,500 Rhode Island Manufacturers. In looking at this report, we are proud to note that we are actively engaged in many of the steps outlined.

    RIMA is the Manufacturing Industry Partner with the GWB (as well as a key partner in three Real Jobs RI manufacturing projects).

    RIMA is actively developing a manufacturing high school CTE curriculum that includes career awareness and career exploration.

    RIMA is actively expanding its first non-traditional apprenticeship program for CNC machinists, as well as developing several new apprenticeship pathways for the manufacturing sector.

    RIMA continues to support the efforts of CommerceRI with the goal of being recognized nationally as a manufacturing innovation center.

    RIMA works every day at delivering the message regarding the value and importance of manufacturing and what 21st Century manufacturing is (rewarding careers with good pay and benefits; safe and innovative workplace; tremendous contribution to the local and national economy, etc.).

    We are proud of what we do and what we have accomplished over the past several years. RI is the home to arguably the best and most capable manufacturers in the world. Everyone needs to know this and recognize the value it brings to our state and country.