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Rhode Island’s manufacturing sector has undergone somewhat of a rebirth in recent years, and Christian Cowan has been one of the people leading the...
COMMITTED TO COLLABORATION: Mary Johnson, left, program manager for Polaris MEP and the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network, speaks with Michael Woody, president of Trans-Tex LLC and RITIN, in 2018. In the background is Tanya Dumrongmanee, Polaris program ­consultant. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Making the sector more resilient

MANUFACTURING The trends in manufacturing over the past decade, including lean processes and increased efficiency, took a back seat in the last two years. Innovation...
VALUABLE PARTNER: From left, Lee Silvestre, Northeast Tech Bridge coordinator, meets with 401 Tech Bridge staffers Miguel Crisostomo-Vargas, marketing coordinator; Linda Larsen, programs and partnership manager; Christian Cowan, executive director; Susan Daly, strategic adviser; and Mary Johnson, manager, at the economic development nonprofit’s facility in Portsmouth. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Connecting tech fields for a stronger R.I. economy

PBN 2021 Innovative Companies Awards Innovative Collaboration: 401 Tech Bridge When it comes to discussing the reasons for recent revenue growth at economic development nonprofit 401...
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Christian Cowan, executive director of 401 Tech Bridge in Portsmouth, and Mary Johnson, manager, outside the location of what will become the organization’s Advanced Materials and Technology Center, a 17,000-square-foot research and development facility slated to be completed by the end of the year. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

R.I. tech ‘super connector’ gaining momentum

Christian Cowan experienced a lot of sleepless nights last year. Cowan is in charge of 401 Tech Bridge, an economic development initiative launched in 2019...

401 Tech Bridge receives $725K in federal funds

PROVIDENCE – 401 Tech Bridge has received $724,674 in federal funds to focus on job growth in the state’s blue economy sector, the R.I....
PUMPING OUT PRODUCT: The Bosworth Co.’s machine shop supervisor, who asked not to be named, uses a drill press to tap holes into the aluminum body of the Guzzler diaphragm pump. CEO and President Douglas Reilly, not pictured, said the East Providence pump manufacturer saw an increased demand for the Guzzler, a small, foot-operated pump used in portable sinks and hand-wash stations, during the coronavirus pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Finding opportunity in a crisis

Coming into 2020, Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry was doing well, with many companies experiencing banner years. Hiring was active, so much so that the...

Mahoney to lead Polaris MEP

PROVIDENCE – Kathie Mahoney has been named center director of the Polaris Manufacturing Extension Program, the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation announced on...

Report gives R.I. manufacturing D+; local leaders say picture incomplete

PROVIDENCE – Manufacturing in Rhode Island received a D+, according the 2020 Manufacturing Scorecard from Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research. The...
A HIRE CALLING: Vanessa Volz, left, executive director for Sojourner House Inc., speaks with Hannah Woodhouse, the new education coordinator for Sojourner House, who underwent a virtual interview and onboarding process for her new job. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Companies forced to get creative in hiring

It’s hard enough to virtually replicate a staff meeting among co-workers who already know each other. But to meet and interview job candidates by...

Five Questions With: Christian Cowan

Workforce and technology are the main needs for a COVID-19 recovery, according to a recent survey of Rhode Island manufacturers by Polaris MEP. Polaris...

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