Clarke Shutter Valve

THE STORY: Company founder Kyle Daniels worked in the aerospace industry for General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Embraer Aircraft. He has several patents...

Taco Comfort Solutions 0018e App-connected Circulator

THE STORY: As Taco Comfort Solutions approaches its centennial in 2020, the division of The Taco Family of Cos. looks to grow through acquisitions...

VIBCO Vibrators GR-1600 Pothole Packer

THE STORY: Ever since Karl Wadensten’s father founded VIBCO Vibrators in 1962, the company has been helping industrial and construction clients improve their results...

Concordia Fibers Commingled Hybrid Fiber

THE STORY: Coventry-based Concordia Fibers celebrates its centennial in 2020, but the products it makes today are a far cry from the silk yarn...

Lotuff Triumph Briefcase

THE STORY: Lotuff Leather opened its Providence studio in 2013 in the tradition of the best European ateliers. Every one of the company’s fashion...

S.R. Blackinton BIG3 Championship/Julius Erving Trophy

THE STORY: At the height of the Civil War Susanne Ross Blackinton’s great-great-grandfather founded a company that did silversmithing, goldsmithing, engraving and more. Today...
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Telli Quinn ended her nine-month IYRS computer design program by interning at prototype design firm Empire Group in Attleboro, which just offered her an assistant designer position. IYRS uses hands-on projects to understand the connection between design and fabrication. / Courtesy IYRS School of Technology and Trade

Quality jobs can be landed in design across many industries

There is a big demand for young people in the manufacturing sector for sure. But some of those jobs are not about making products,...
BUILDING A CAREER BY HAND: Rebecca Slater, left, design project director at Blakely Interior Design in North Kingstown, helps Brianna Chace, a New England Tech interior design major and intern at Blakely.  / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Q&A: Rebecca Slater

Rebecca Slater | Blakely Interior Design design project director In 2015, Rebecca Slater left an MFA program at Suffolk University and discovered she could pursue...
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Q&A: Orlando A. Correa

Orlando A. Correa is a 2012 graduate of the Building Futures program of Apprenticeship Rhode Island, part of the American Apprenticeship Initiative. The program...
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Justin Sirotin
OCTO Product Development founder

Justin Sirotin | OCTO Product Development founder Justin Sirotin’s resume shows a large range of industrial design clients, from industrial equipment to sporting goods, pool...
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