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U.S. MANUFACTURING OUTPUT increased 0.2% in December. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MATTHEW BUSCH

Dec. gain in U.S. manufacturing output wraps up weak year

WASHINGTON – United States factory production unexpectedly increased in December, a bright spot in an otherwise weak year for manufacturing. The 0.2% increase in manufacturing...
MEDICINAL USE: Lead grower Elizabeth Keyser explains growing medical marijuana plants with special lighting during a tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y., in August. / AP FILE PHOTO/HANS PENNINK

Some Northeast states brace for battle over pot

A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast – it had already passed in three of the...
CORE PRODUCER prices in the U.S. increased 1.1% year over year in December. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SERGIO FLORES

Core U.S. producer prices rise at slowest pace since 2016

WASHINGTON – A measure of underlying United States producer prices rose in December at the slowest pace since August 2016, indicating modest inflationary pressures. The...

NFI hits 1,000 days without work injury after policy, equipment changes

NEW BEDFORD – NFI Corp. recently set a safety record, reaching 1,000 days without a work injury, the graphics company announced. Citations were delivered by...
FOREIGN FOCUS: Richard W. Pinto Jr., CEO of the Rhode Island International Trade Center in Providence, says the center focuses on bringing foreign companies into the United States via Rhode Island and is working with about a dozen foreign companies in Ireland, Italy, Canada, Spain, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many R.I. businesses partner overseas, but state’s trade-zone designation has yet...

Cargo ships carrying components for Block Island Wind Farm’s enormous wind turbines arrived regularly at Providence’s port in 2015 and 2016, when the wind...
DRAFT PICK: Jeremy Ruff, co-owner and head brewer at LineSider Brewing Co. in East Greenwich, says the Rhode Island Brew Fest, which LineSider participated in last year and will be again this month, exposes the brewery to new customers. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

A chance for R.I. brewers to show off their uncommon craft

If the crowds are lucky at this month’s Rhode Island Brew Fest, they’ll get the chance to sample Crooked Current Brewery LLC’s chocolate milk...

Rebuild RI Tax Credit program adjusts its focus

Since its creation in 2016, the Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credit program has funneled tax incentives to 35 large-scale projects, spurring more than $2...
WARRIOR SKINS: Dana Paul, left, CEO of Ritual Motion in Warwick, and Fred Tindall, director of production, show off the company’s new gloves to help competitive video game players prevent injuries from repetitive hand motions. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

For R.I. company, glove is a great fit for gamers

Dana Paul was watching a video game with his kids last year when he realized how crucial repetitive hand motions are to gaming. Knowing...
OCEAN STATE INNOVATIONS has acquired the Tennessee-based company ColorWorks.

Ocean State Innovations acquires Tenn. company

PORTSMOUTH – Textile company Ocean State Innovations has acquired Tennessee-based textile dyeing and finishing company ColorWorks, OSI announced this week. ColorWorks will continue to operate...
BLOUNT FINE FOODS has acquired a food manufacturing plant in Portland, Ore. that it expects will eventually employ 150 workers.

Blount acquires food plant in Oregon

FALL RIVER – Blount Fine Foods Corp. has acquired a prepared-food manufacturing plant in Portland, Ore., that it expects to eventually employ 150 workers,...
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