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 are the best and worst of times. Best, because business is strong and future orders promise continued work.
Worst, because they can’t hire people fast enough to capitalize on the opportunities the strong economy is giving them, or in some cases, to replace baby boomers who are retiring.
This book shows that finding a position in these industry sectors has never been easier and not just because employers are looking to hire. A series of workforce-development partnerships between the state, employers and educational institutions offer guidance and training to these good-paying jobs, ones that often start as soon as training is done.
One of the benefits of shining a light on careers started and products made here is that we also get to see just how many cool things the Ocean State produces.
Sure, the $2.8 billion submarines made by General Dynamics Electric Boat in North Kingstown are the pinnacle of manufactured goods, but there is another emblem of excellence made here, too.
The cover photo of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, made in Cumberland by Tiffany & Co., is something that New Englanders have a pretty strong connection to, thanks to the five of them earned by the New England Patriots. And who knows, by the time the second edition of Stuff comes out, that number may have grown.
Mark S. Murphy, Editor