Manufacturing

MEASURED ACTIONS: VIBCO mechanical engineering employees Greg Pickering, left, and Claudia Brown place tape on the factory floor to ensure proper social distancing around the time clock. When this photo was taken, face masks were not yet required. / COURTESY VIBCO INC.

R.I. factories have learned lessons in fighting to keep COVID-19 out

Through his involvement in an international organization, Karl Wadensten knew what global manufacturers were doing to try to keep COVID-19 out of their workplaces. Before...
RESPONSIBLE CHANGE: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the R.I. National Guard. From left, Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile expert; and Scott Noh, product design. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Loft is designed for innovation

Jeanette Numbers was the rare kind of teenager who knew exactly what she wanted to do professionally. Realizing her interest in industrial design – originally...
U.S. WHOLESALE prices increased 0.4% in May. / AP FILE PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI

U.S. wholesale prices rise 0.4% in May led by food and...

WASHINGTON (AP) – United States wholesale prices rose 0.4% in May, led by a gains in the cost of food and energy. The Labor Department...
ASTRONOVA reported a fiscal first-quarter profit of $432,000, a decline of 74.6% year over year, citing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Above, Astronova president and CEO Gregory A. Woods. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

AstroNova Q1 profit dips on pandemic impact

WEST WARWICK – AstroNova Inc. reported a profit of $432,000 in the company's fiscal first quarter ended May 2, a decline from $1.7 million...
GENERAL DYNAMICS ELECTRIC BOAT has reached a new PILOT agreement with North Kingstown worth $78 million over 18 years. / COURTESY QUONSET DEVELOPMENT CORP.

EB, North Kingstown enter pact boosting payments in lieu of taxes...

PROVIDENCE – General Dynamics Electric Boat and North Kingstown have reached an agreement that will result in the town receiving millions more in funds...

Tiffany & Co. reports $64.6M loss in Q1

PROVIDENCE – Tiffany & Co. reported a loss of $64.6 million in its fiscal first quarter, ended April 30, or 53 cents per diluted...
CAI SOFTWARE has acquired Robocom Corp., based in Farmingdale, N.Y. Above, CAI Software CEO Brian Rigney. / COURTESY CAI SOFTWARE

CAI Software completes acquisition of N.Y.-based company

SMITHFIELD – CAI Software LLC has acquired Robocom Corp., a developer of supply-chain and warehouse-management system software solutions based in Farmingdale, N.Y., the company...

R.I. Energy Council, RIMA call for suspension of energy-efficiency program

BRISTOL – The Energy Council of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Manufacturing Association are calling on the General Assembly to suspend the Energy...
THE DOJ has reached a settlement with ChemArt folloing an investigation of a complaint of a discriminatory hiring practice and retaliation. AP FILE PHOTO/J. DAVID AKE

ChemArt settles with DOJ over discrimination and retaliation complaint

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with ChemArt Co., a Rhode Island-based manufacturing company, over claims of discrimination and...

Five Questions With: Chris Cinieri

Chris Cinieri is a project manager with Polaris MEP. He spoke with Providence Business News about the complications in supply-chain demand due to COVID-19,...

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