Rhode Island restarts a manufacturing legacy

LEAVING A MARK: Matt Newsham uses an engraving tool to put his name on a length of pipe during his training at the Westerly Education Center. Part of his training to be a pipe fitter at General Dynamics Electric Boat is to mark his work with his name so quality control can be maintained. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD
Rhode Island has been making things ever since Europeans arrived on the shores of Narragansett Bay. First it was boats, then textiles and finally jewelry. But how the Ocean State has been making those things has changed dramatically through the centuries. Today the state is straddling its past and its present. So yes, those products…

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