Kinder Industries shielded from a shutdown

BRANCHING OUT: Kinder Industries owner Phillip Kinder displays the face shield and mask that his company recently started producing for health care workers and commercial orders. In the background, head seamstress Misuk Toppa cuts strips for enclosure panels that are going to Regata Place in Newport. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
BRANCHING OUT: Kinder Industries owner Phillip Kinder displays the face shield and mask that his company recently started producing for health care workers and commercial orders. In the background, head seamstress Misuk Toppa cuts strips for enclosure panels that are going to Regata Place in Newport. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
For two weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Rhode Island, the phone stopped ringing at Kinder Industries Inc. in Bristol. The manufacturer of marine canvas products, including seat and boat covers, had enough back orders to stay busy for a while. But after a few weeks, Philip Kinder, the president and owner, said he…

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