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David Pettey is co-founder of Response Technologies, a winner in the 2016 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition that combines additive manufacturing and innovative material science capabilities to create solutions for the military, aerospace, automotive and tactical markets. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A new kind of MVP reinvents invention

David Pettey | Response Technologies LLC co-founder and CEOBy many standards, I am considered an “old dog.” Being a product of the U.S. textile...

Reports of retail’s death premature

Earlier this month, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., reacted to news of rising mall vacancies by calling for help for the “millions of workers who...
FINLAYS celebrated a ribbon cutting for its new R&D and manufacturing facility in the Quonset Business Park. From left, Steven J. King, managing director of Quonset Development Corp., Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, Steve Olyha, CEO of Finlay Extracts & Ingredients USA, Stefan Pryor, R.I. commerce secretary, and Richard A. Welch, president, North Kingstown Town Council. / COURTESY FINLAYS

Finlays celebrates ribbon cutting at new Quonset Park facility

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Finlay Extracts & Ingredients USA Inc. celebrated the ribbon cutting for its 28,800-square-foot global research and development, and manufacturing center at...
PREPARING FOR SUCCESS: Amgen Rhode Island senior associates Devon Zayas, left, and Scott Lyons conduct a safety check prior to using a bioreactor at the company’s West Greenwich facility. / PBN PHOTO/
RUPERT WHITELEY

Commerce RI committee to consider incentives for $165M Amgen manufacturing facility

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. Investment Committee has filed a meeting notice for Friday in which it will consider the application of Immunex...
U.S. SEN. JACK F. REED announced $903,870 in a federal grant to repair and upgrade the East Side Bus Tunnel in Providence. / COURTESY OFFICE OF SEN. JACK F. REED

East Side Bus Tunnel project gets $904K federal grant

PROVIDENCE – Sen. Jack F. Reed announced $903,870 in federal funding for the R.I. Public Transit Authority to improve the East Side Bus Tunnel...
CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT in the Providence metro area increased 4 percent year over year in February to 21,100 jobs. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence metro construction employment grows 4% in Feb.

PROVIDENCE – Construction employment in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area increased 4 percent year over year in February, an 800-worker increase to 21,100 workers,...
U.S. FACTORIES expanded at slightly slower pace in March. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MARCELO PEREZ DEL CARPIO

U.S. factory gains cool as inflation in raw materials picks up

NEW YORK - United States factories expanded at slightly slower pace in March and a measure of raw-material prices hit an almost seven-year high,...
CONCERNED: Dave Waldeck, left, fabrication supervisor at VIBCO Vibrators in Richmond, speaks with CEO Karl Wadensten. VIBCO uses aluminum and steel in about 75 percent of its products and is scrambling to find enough supply and to find an agreeable price for future shipments. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

VIBCO wary of tariffs on steel, aluminum

In theory, manufacturers in Rhode Island who primarily use American-made steel shouldn’t be penalized for the placement of new tariffs on imported steel and...
IN THE CLASSROOM: Steven H. Kitchin, left, New England Institute of Technology vice president for corporate education and training, speaks with Kaleb Buffum, a student in the Shipbuilding Advanced Manufacturing Institute program, while instructor Wayne Farmer looks on at the facility on Post Road in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Healthy R.I. manufacturing industry driven by military defense, textiles

Since his start as Polaris MEP center director four years ago, Christian Cowan has watched the state’s manufacturing industry blossom. So much so, he...
A Rhode Island native, Mike Reppucci has built a company culture of experimentation at Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co. that encourages 
his team to be curious and take risks. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Making failure an option helps you find success

Mike Reppucci | Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co. founder and ownerI started Sons of Liberty just like any entrepreneur starts any business...
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