Some R.I. employers on hiring spree

HELP WANTED: Bradford Soap Works Inc. in West Warwick is one of numerous Rhode Island companies hiring even though the economy has hit the skids during the corona­virus pandemic. In this 2018 file photo, CEO and President Stuart Benton works on the packing floor with Bradford employees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
HELP WANTED: Bradford Soap Works Inc. in West Warwick is one of numerous Rhode Island companies hiring even though the economy has hit the skids during the corona­virus pandemic. In this 2018 file photo, CEO and President Stuart Benton works on the packing floor with Bradford employees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Stifled as it is by the coronavirus pandemic, Rhode Island’s economy still has a pulse with some employers hiring while others are laying off workers amid the unprecedented crisis. Some of the companies adding positions are small, such as Tom’s Market Inc. The independent grocer, which has three Rhode Island locations, has hired 15 full-

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