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RIMA honors late R.I. manufacturing leader Henry D. Sharpe Jr.

SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association last week reflected on the life and legacy of Henry D. Sharpe, a longtime leader and a...
THE FORECASTERS: Panelists participating in PBN’s Economic Trends Summit on Feb. 10 discuss what the future holds for Rhode Island’s economy. Clockwise from top left are PBN Editor Michael Mello, who served as moderator; Thomas Sweeney, owner of Sweeney Real Estate and Appraisal; Jeffrey Diehl, CEO and executive director for the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank; Thomas Tzitzouris, head of fixed income research for Strategas Research Partners; Elizabeth “Betty” Robson, CEO of J.F. Moran Co.; and Craig Pickell, chairman and CEO of Bullard Abrasives Inc.

Plenty of challenges ahead, but which to solve first?

Inflation. Supply chain bottlenecks. Worker shortages. The pandemic-induced fires are spreading fast, and companies are struggling to figure out which ones to put out first. Local...
IN THE FIGHT: Paul Amaral, owner of East Providence-based Amaral Custom Fabrications Inc., is struggling to fill open positions but still has high hopes for his business this year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELY

Hits keep coming, but pandemic-hardened businesses adapting

Inflation is at a 40-year high and qualified, committed workers seem scarcer than ever. Yet profits are up strongly for many local businesses from...

PBN Economic Summit: Inflation, labor woes will endure

PROVIDENCE – Like any good business owner, Craig Pickell documents every cost increase incurred by his Lincoln manufacturing company, Bullard Abrasives Inc. But the year-end...

PBN Economic Trends Summit to be held Feb. 10

PROVIDENCE – The PBN Economic Trends Summit will be held on Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The virtual summit will discuss the...

More than one way to define ‘profit’ in dispute over PPP...

PROVIDENCE – How many ways are there to define a "profit" in business? When it comes to Rhode Island companies that received forgivable Paycheck...

Climate change bill heads back to Senate after winning House approval

PROVIDENCE – Legislation that ups the ante for the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions has won approval in both chambers of the...

State climate change bills spark concern from business community

PROVIDENCE – Combating climate change is a top priority for lawmakers, environmental advocates and business leaders alike. But state legislation that changes targets to cut...

Despite 2021 rate decreases, manufacturers criticize National Grid energy efficiency plan

PROVIDENCE – Thanks to unspent funds during the pandemic, National Grid Rhode Island customers will see the charges they pay to support energy efficiency...
DRUG TESTING: Craig Pickell is the president and CEO of Bullard, which makes custom grinders and abrasives. Manufacturers such as Pickell, who also serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, are concerned about the worker-safety issues and employer rights regarding drug testing if recreational marijuana use is legalized.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘We’re not going to stop [legal pot]’

Amid the rolling fields and wooded hills outside Worcester, Mass., people park their cars in a dirt lot then take a shuttle bus to...

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