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SUSTAINABLE SHIFT: Dane Sheldon is the director of business development for AquasGroup in East Providence, which began by designing wastewater management systems for use by other manufacturers, and while it still makes these systems, the company has become more focused on developing water purification, recycling, recovery and storage systems.
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Meet the Makers: AquasGroup helps other manufacturers clean up their acts

It’s a doctor’s job to safely insert medical devices into patients and before they reach the operating room, it’s AquasGroup’s job to help ensure...
SMOOTH OPERATOR: 
Steven Alviti Sr. next 
to Bel Air Finishing 
Supply Corp.’s 
products. 
PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Bel Air focuses on finishing with a flourish

(Editor’s note: This is the 19th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s ­unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
LUNCH BREAK: Wright’s Dairy Farm considers its 200 cows employees of the company. Some of the cows enjoy some feed in a barn on the 400-acre farm, which has been operating for more than a century. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Meet the Makers: Land of milk and ice cream

(Editor’s note: This is the 18th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
PLETHORA OF PALLETS: ­Atlas Barrel and Pallet Inc. President Heather Ross says there are hundreds of different kinds of pallets built at the Burrillville company to meet whatever the customer needs.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Meet the Makers: A history of helping with the heavy lifting

(Editor’s note: This is the 17th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
BENEFICIAL TOY: James Stallman, president of Eco Global Manufacturing LLC in Providence, with one of its products, a toy foam dinosaur.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Meet the Makers: Bringing a little fun back into manufacturing

(Editor’s note: This is the 16th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
MAKING IT WORK: Randy Snow, vice president of jewelry maker Snow Findings Co. in Warwick, says part of the reason he got into the industry and took on the family business, founded by his grandfather in 1951, was to learn from his father, who was the owner and operator before handing the reins over to his son, and to preserve and continue what his family had built over the years.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In R.I.’s jewelry sector, Snow Findings is a survivor

(Editor’s note: This is the 15th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
BIO-BONES: Carol Dancer, president of Absorbent Specialty Products LLC in Pawtucket, visits the manufacturing floor, where a fake skeleton, known as Ling Ling, is covered with the company’s Bio-Bone prosthetics, used to fill cadavers for funerals after organs and bones have been donated.
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Meet the Makers: A manufacturer with a super absorbing history

(Editor’s note: This is the 14th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s ­unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Ron Fasano Jr. is the third generation of the Fasano family to work at the Fasano Corp. machine shop in Cranston, which was founded by his grandfather in 1972.
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

At Fasano Corp., they’re sweating the small stuff

(Editor’s note: This is the 13th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
MULTISTEP PROCESS: ChemArt President David Marquis, standing above the Lincoln manufacturer’s factory floor, says the process to create the company’s popular Christmas ornaments, which number more than 1 million orders annually, involves designing, etching, digital, as well as screen printing and plating aspects.

Signature Christmas ornaments still enticing collectors over 40 years later

(Editor’s note: This is the 12th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s ­unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
FOR GOOD MEASURE: Machinist Dennis Sullivan checks his calculation on an order of spur gears Tracey Gear has just made for a food processing company. 
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

THE DAILY GRIND: Family-owned Tracey Gear machines parts for clients ranging...

(Editor’s note: This is the 11th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s ­unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
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