Propel LLC | Submarine Damage Control Suit

THE STORY: Propel LLC develops textile-driven technologies for demanding clients, including the U.S. military and fire service. And while final assembly of all this...
Brandon Castaneda
Age: 36
Company: National 
Marker Co.
Job title: Production 
planning manager
Education: High school, 
some college / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Room to grow

Brandon Castaneda | Age: 36 | Company: National Marker Co. | Job title: Production planning manager | Education: High school, some college Brandon Castaneda, production...
 Derek Venticinque 
 Age: 35
Company: TRAC Builders Inc.
Job title: Project manager
Education: B.A. in history, University of Rhode Island / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Career builder

Derek Venticinque | Age: 35 | Company: TRAC Builders Inc. | Job title: Project manager | Education: B.A. in history, University of Rhode Island Derek Venticinque...
Noel Bonilla
AGE: 46
COMPANY: Mearthane Products Corp.
JOB TITLE: Assistant supervisor 
EDUCATION: Reached junior year in high school
SALARY: $33,000-$38,000 / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

It’s about learning

Noel Bonilla | Age: 46 | Company: Mearthane Products Corp. | Job title: Assistant supervisor | Education: Reached junior year in high school | Salary: $33,000-$38,000 Noel Bonilla...
Lee Harrison
AGE: 26
COMPANY: VIBCO Vibrators
JOB TITLE: Lead assembler
EDUCATION: High school, some college / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Rejecting digital tools, he works with his hands and finds satisfaction

Lee Harrison | Age: 26 | Company: VIBCO Vibrators | Job title: Lead assembler | Education: High school, some college At age 26, Lee Harrison thinks...
Roenik Vasquez
Age: 37
Company: igus Inc.
Job title: Receiving clerk
Education: High school, some college / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

After stints as a concierge and a taxi driver, igus receiving...

Roenik Vasquez | Age: 37 | Company: igus Inc. | Job title: Receiving clerk | Education: High school, some college The choice of a career...
BEYOND BOOK LEARNING” The state’s Prepare Rhode Island initiative is connecting students with careers that aren’t academic in nature, including through the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH program. Here, Cole Chiaradio assembles a band saw at the manufacturing section of Westerly High School in a P-TECH program. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD


A guiding connection

Connecting people and jobs is always a challenge, but in the manufacturing and construction sectors in Rhode Island, the process has become especially challenging...

From the editor

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Stuff, or more formally, “A guide to Stuff made and built in Rhode Island.” For manufacturers and builders, these...

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