Redefining the role of middleman in the textile market

THREADING A NEW NEEDLE: Ocean State Innovations uses a novel approach to find success in the textile industry, thanks in large part to ownership partner Ben L. Galpen, left, and Edward W. Ricci II, CEO and partner.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
THREADING A NEW NEEDLE: Ocean State Innovations uses a novel approach to find success in the textile industry, thanks in large part to ownership partner Ben L. Galpen, left, and Edward W. Ricci II, CEO and partner.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Ocean State Innovations in Portsmouth is putting a modern spin on Rhode Island’s storied textile industry. Once a powerhouse, local textile companies today are limited for the most part to a small number of modest operations that use skilled workers to satisfy niche markets. Ocean State Innovations differentiates itself. It acquires fabrics, tests and refines…

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