Cox Business honors 3 R.I. companies for tech innovation

THE RHODE ISLAND Veterans Home in Bristol was recently honored by Cox Business for technology innovation. From left: Craig Dwyer, senior policy adviser to Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee; Ross Nelson, vice president, Cox Business; Rep. Susan R. Donovan, D-Bristol; Kasim Yarn, director, R.I. Veteran Affairs; Donna St. Angelo, chairwoman, Rhode Island Veterans Home Family Council; Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr., D-Bristol; Rick Baccus, director, Rhode Island Veterans Home; and Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. / COURTESY COX BUSINESS

WEST WARWICK – Cox Business, the commercial division of Cox Communications Inc., recently hosted its second annual “Smart Technology. Smarter Business” tour.

Cox representatives visited three Rhode Island companies that are using technology in ways that generate revenue and improve efficiencies.

The honorees included Kingston Turf Farms in South Kingstown, Steingold Volvo Cars in Pawtucket and the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol.

Kingston Turf Farms uses automated, water-efficient waterers and photovoltaic panels that power computers that measure how much water has been used and shut off on their own. Steingold Volvo uses WiFi to see the status and location of vehicles on its lot. The Rhode Island Veterans Home has energy-efficiency features and an innovative design that encourages independent living.

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Cox Business will provide $1,000 in Cox Charities funds for nonprofits of the honorees’ choosing.

Kingston Turf Farms is donating its $1,000 to the University of Rhode Island’s Richard C. Skogley Scholarship Endowment for students in the turfgrass-management program. Steingold Volvo will donate its award to the New England Institute of Technology for automotive scholarships; and the Rhode Island Veterans Home will direct its grant to the facility’s Family Council.

“These businesses clearly set high standards in their own work, and we’re pleased that they’ve chosen local nonprofit organizations that similarly excel at providing exemplary service and stewardship,” said Ross Nelson, vice president of Cox Business Northeast.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.

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