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GROWING STAFF: Scott J. Pacheco, left, owner and president of Scott James Furniture & Design in Tiverton, with his father, Rob Pacheco, head bed builder. Although the company shut down for two months at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, it has done well since then, Scott Pacheco said, especially “doing a lot more work in the wealthier coastal neighborhoods for people leaving New York,” which has resulted in more full-time employees now than before COVID-19 hit. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

New model for collaboration

Rhode Island has a long, rich and diverse history of design, which arguably started with Samuel Slater. In 1789, the 21-year-old textile mill apprentice...

Q&A Steve Duvel

Steve Duvel | Gilbane Building Co. senior vice president Steve Duvel, senior vice president of Gilbane Building Co.’s New England division, oversees more than 365...
ASSEMBLY LINE: Machine operator Yahalra Santiago, left, helps Hache Diaz pack soap at Bradford Soap Works Inc. in West Warwick. Bradford CEO and President Stuart Benton says the company has had difficulty filling available positions due to a lack of skilled labor in the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Stronger, eager to grow

The flexibility required of Rhode Island manufacturers to stay open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has made many of them stronger, says Kathie Mahoney, center...
PLENTY OF PROJECTS: Jonathan Yaghjian, left, project manager, and Kurtis Quinn, a carpenter apprentice with Cranston-based Pariseault Builders Inc., work on the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority House on the University of Rhode Island campus in South Kingstown. While many businesses were forced to close their doors 
for much of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pariseault continued to work on a number of multimillion-dollar projects. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Builders: Have work, will train

Although the COVID-19 pandemic kept many Rhode Islanders close to home for much of 2020, Pariseault Builders Inc. didn’t slow down. With construction deemed an...
Zane Allen

Q&A Zane Allen

Zane Allen | Handles Unlimited CNC machinist/machine operator Zane Allen is a computer numerical control machinist/machine operator at custom handles, pulls and knobs manufacturer Handles...

Q&A: Cindy McDermott

Cindy McDermott | Ximedica LLC vice president, organizational and human development Providence-based medical-device developer Ximedica LLC, which in June was acquired by Veranex, offers intensive...

Q&A: Shannon Sampson

Shannon Sampson | Allied Painting Inc. industrial bridge painter Shannon Sampson began working for Allied Painting Inc. in July, shortly after completing a pre-apprenticeship program...

Q&A Vuthy Lay

Vuthy Lay | KITE Architects Inc. architectural designer Vuthy Lay in 2019 completed the DESIGNxRI Emerge Program, then earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from...

Q&A: Libby Slader

Libby Slader | Interior Design Inc. owner Libby Slader in 2010 founded her Providence-based interior design firm, which offers full-service design for the corporate office,...

Gilbane Building Co.

THE STORY: Gilbane Building Co. was founded in 1870 by two forward-thinking and entrepreneurial brothers as a small carpentry firm constructing custom homes in...
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