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In regulation, the small things add up fast

The pervasiveness of state-imposed regulations has been a topic of contention for years among the business community in Rhode Island.“Manufacturing employers there are...
CHRISTIAN COWAN of Polaris MEP says the group is in search of technology experts to pitch in on projects with some of Rhode Island's manufacturers. The application deadline is June 15. / COURTESY POLARIS MEP

Five Questions With: Christian Cowan

With a June 15 deadline, Polaris MEP, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership for Rhode Island, is in search of technological consultants and other professionals to...

Sixteen applicants are vying for shares of $20M Rhode Island hopes...

Is the future of Rhode Island employment in microgreens? Or is it in super-fast, quantum computers, innovative new materials or promising cancer treatments?How does...
MARK RANALDI of North Providence-based SecurityRI is one of the breakout session leaders at the 2018 World Trade Day at Bryant University on May 23. / COURTESY SECURITYRI

Registration open for Bryant University World Trade Day May 23

SMITHFIELD – Technology in Global Trade is the theme of World Trade Day 2018 at Bryant University’s Chafee Center for International Business in Smithfield, according...
IN THE CLASSROOM: Steven H. Kitchin, left, New England Institute of Technology vice president for corporate education and training, speaks with Kaleb Buffum, a student in the Shipbuilding Advanced Manufacturing Institute program, while instructor Wayne Farmer looks on at the facility on Post Road in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Healthy R.I. manufacturing industry driven by military defense, textiles

Since his start as Polaris MEP center director four years ago, Christian Cowan has watched the state’s manufacturing industry blossom. So much so, he...
GETTING TO KNOW R.I.: Local manufacturers gathered at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence on March 22 to make connections with other local companies. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Polaris MEP event helps R.I. manufacturers connect, prosper

Zack Sasa and Signature Cable Inc. in Cranston have been in business for 13 years, making cables and harnesses in batches of one, 10,...
HELPING MANUFACTURERS: Companies responding to a Polaris MEP survey used red dots to identify their top five business needs. One-third of 152 manufacturing representatives identified managing growth as one of their top priorities. / COURTESY ­POLARIS MEP

Makers look to expand local supply chain

What is made in the Ocean State? Even some manufacturers, who make a living making products, are surprised by the diversity of local suppliers.An...

Manufacturing and logistics report card doesn’t tell the whole story

While the recently released 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card for the United States gives Rhode Island a D+, it does not tell the...
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