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

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
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
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 said, those companies are scrambling to fill employment “gaps.” And it’s not just the smallest state in the union that is experiencing this resurgence. According to the Institute for Supply Management’s…
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