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Poll: Skilled workers key to manufacturing recovery

PROVIDENCE – A new poll by Polaris MEP shows sales continue to be the greatest challenge facing Rhode Island manufacturers, and half of the...

Manufacturers affected by COVID-19 invited to participate in talent exchange

PROVIDENCE – A pilot program has been set up for manufacturing companies impacted by the coronavirus, sponsored by Polaris MEP, the Rhode Island Manufacturers...
STRONG CONNECTIONS: Jennifer McCann, director of the U.S. Coastal Program at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, shown here at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett, says Rhode Island can build a sustainable future by connecting its related industries in the blue economy. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Super sector: Experts say R.I.’s $5B blue economy has oceans of...

Intertwined with Rhode Island’s economy as a source of food, recreation and power, and as a medium for transportation and defense, the ocean has...

Langevin bill would fund temporary retention of retiring manufacturing employees to...

PROVIDENCE – Rep. James R. Langevin, D-R.I., introduced a bill to encourage companies to keep retiring employees long enough to train the workers that...

Manufacturing Innovation Challenge cohort applications due Nov. 20

PROVIDENCE – Applications are due Nov. 20 for the next cohort for Polaris MEP’s Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, which gets underway soon. The submission period began...
TARIFF IMPACTS: Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Executive Director David Chenevert said the impact of tariffs and the slowing of the world economy has affected businesses differently in Rhode Island. Manufacturers focused on the aerospace or medical-industry markets are doing fine, he said, because defense spending has increased and the medical industry is growing. Companies producing products for the automotive industry, however, are seeing an impact because auto sales are down nationally.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

U.S. trade war with China has brought pain, uncertainty

The initial tariffs imposed in 2018 on imports from China didn’t affect Cooley Group, a Pawtucket-based company that manufactures an array of engineered materials,...

R.I. Manufacturers Association workshop to focus on training resources

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association will hold a Training in Manufacturing workshop on Aug. 7 at the Providence Marriott Downtown. Those interested in...
PRECISE CUTS: Bert Lima, shop supervisor at The Beck Cos., operates the robotic saw jet from BACA Systems. It allows precise cuts and details in the stone countertops and pieces that Beck manufactures.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Robots seen complementing, not replacing, workers

Manufacturers in Rhode Island who are looking for greater efficiency and productivity are turning to automated machines and programmable robots, but the technology creates...
POLARIS MEP has expanded the services it offers manufacturers, as well as the service partners it works with, to include marketing and sales, strategic planning, organizational development and cybersecurity.

Polaris MEP expands services for manufacturers

PROVIDENCE – Polaris MEP is expanding its services to include marketing and sales, strategic planning, organizational development, and cybersecurity, the nonprofit announced Thursday. The expanded...
HEAVY LIFT: Goodwin-Bradley Pattern Co. members Rod O’Neil, left, journeyman machinist, and Kendal Delgado, right, machinist and composite assembler, get ready to lift a slab of aluminum onto the 3 Axis Milltronics. Christopher Goodwin, rear, owner and vice president of sales, looks on at their Providence facility. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Younger professionals entering C-suite, top-level positions in manufacturing

Thirty-six-year-old Christopher R. Goodwin, fourth-generation owner of 106-year-old Goodwin-Bradley Pattern Co. in Providence, knew from a very young age he wanted to lead the...

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