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STEEP DROP: Robert Toth, owner of bowling centers Old Mountain Lanes in South Kingstown and Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, says he saw a $968,720 decline in revenue for March, April and May at the centers as a result of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

STARTING BLOCKED: Indoor rec businesses argue they should have opened a...

ROBERT TOTH STARTED to see the world reopen around him and, in some ways, without him. Many businesses in Rhode Island, such as restaurants, salons,...

Economics behind boom in fireworks

The number of fireworks being lit off at night is out of control this year. While people often light off fireworks close to the Fourth...
Bruce Newbury

Rehearsal dinner make a tentative return

The quarantine has brought about much heartache over the past 100-plus days. As much of a tyrant as the coronavirus is in bringing a...
UP IN ARMS: Despite an anticipated 40% increase in annual sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dean Chapman, owner of gun stores Pheasant Ridge Inc. in Seekonk and River Street Tactical Inc. in Woonsocket, was not happy when he was forced to close his Seekonk store after initial stay-at-home orders in Massachusetts did not deem gun stores as essential ­businesses. / PBN PHOTO/NANCY LAVIN

Pandemic triggers a boom for Seekonk gun store

A gun can’t kill a virus, but that hasn’t stopped customers from swarming Pheasant Ridge Inc. amid the new coronavirus. In his 30-plus years in...
DOUBLE CHECKING: Barber Mike McAndrew holds a mirror as customer Rob Verrastro looks at his new haircut at Three Saints Barbershop and Shave Parlor in Jessup, Pa. Small businesses such as this are desperately trying to stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis, but billions of dollars allocated for aid by Congress may be left on the table. / TIMES-TRIBUNE VIA AP FILE/CHRISTOPHER DOLAN

Billion of dollars in small-business aid unclaimed

BIllions of dollars offered by Congress as a lifeline to small businesses struggling to survive the pandemic are about to be left on the...
TAKING A LEAP: John H. Chafee Center for International Business Director Mark S. ­Murphy says local companies become healthier and more competitive when they move into international markets. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Chafee Center navigates local businesses through challenging international waters

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Manufacturing Champion: John H. Chafee Center for International Business ACROSS FIVE CENTURIES, Rhode Island has been a diligent maker of...
TAKING CHARGE: General Dynamics Electric Boat Vice President of Operations and Quonset Point Facility General Manager Sean Davies, right, looks over plans with, from left, public affairs staff specialist Greg Rose, installation mechanic Sokpeurnaritt So and Director of Steel Richard Philips. / COURTESY BOB GALLO

Sean Davies helps keep Electric Boat’s submarine production afloat

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Strategic Leadership Award: Sean Davies, General Dynamics Electric Boat FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, General Dynamics Electric Boat has steadily...
SEAL OF APPROVAL: Employees at Blount Fine Foods Corp. work an assembly line, placing labels on food products. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Blount Fine Foods Corp. has a big appetite for increased business

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Overall Excellence, more than 500 employees: Blount Fine Foods Corp. BACK IN 1943, Warren-based entrepreneur F. Nelson Blount was ready...
RAIL WAY: Armen Dumapias, drylin saw operator for igus inc., cuts a rail down to size at the East Providence facility. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Igus inc. continues to grow in both size and innovation

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Overall Excellence, 150-499 employees: igus Inc. WITH MORE THAN 50 years of experience developing and producing engineered plastics, Cologne, Germany-based...
EVOLVING BUSINESS: From left, Yushin America Inc. President Takaya Sugimura, National Sales Manager Christopher Parillo, Human Resources Manager Karen Paolucci, Director of Operations Michael R. Greenhalgh and Inventory and Parts Sales Manager Brad Haworth are constantly evolving the company’s operations to better serve and strengthen relationships with its customers. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Yushin America Inc. strives to understand and meet growing customer need

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Overall Excellence, 50-149 employees: Yushin America Inc. YUSHIN AMERICA INC., and its team, constantly seeks new and innovative ways to...

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