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UPDATING THE PATH A new collaboration between the Westerly Education Center, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and businesses across the state, with support from the Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, is training the next generation of process technicians and chemical operators, positions needed in the brewing, medical research and consumer products industries, among others. The program requires a high school diploma or GED to begin, takes eight weeks of both classroom learning and hands-on training, 
and is free. Here, Clarke Richmond makes circuits to control fluids at the WEC. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD


Paths to manufacturing jobs grow

Perhaps it was an extraordinary run as a major manufacturer in a number of industries, one that kept the state looking backward instead of...

Five Questions With: Dave Chenevert

The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association will host its second annual Congressional Manufacturing Summit at the Providence Marriott Downtown on Sept. 23. The registration deadline...
NOT SATISFIED: Karl Wadensten, president and CEO of VIBCO in Richmond, said he is not satisfied with the North American Free Trade Agreement or the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement because both are designed for each country’s best interest, rather than unifying North America in a three-way partnership.
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R.I. manufacturers differ on USMCA regulations

With ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement dragging on longer than expected, Rhode Island manufacturers’ outlook on the proposed deal is mixed.Some say the...

Let businesses tap virtual net metering

For years, Rhode Island’s business community has been raising alarms over rising electricity costs and their impact on our ability to hire more workers...
STRONG LEADER: Melissa D. Travis is the new president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants and the first woman to hold the position since the organization’s formation in 1905.   
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Travis blazing a trail by joining forces

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE Melissa D. Travis, Rhode Island Society of Certified Public AccountantsMelissa D. Travis is breathing new life into the 2,100-member...
STRONG LEADER: Melissa D. Travis is the new president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants and the first woman to hold the position since the organization’s formation in 1905.   
 / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Travis blazing a trail by joining forces

Melissa D. Travis is breathing new life into the 2,100-member Rhode Island Society of Certified Public ­Accountants.The Cumberland native is president of one of...

PBN C-Suite Awards 2019 special section

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GIVING VOICE: Dave Chenevert, executive director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, has been busy advocating for companies at the Statehouse and beyond.
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RIMA’s Chenevert fixates on problem-solving in manufacturing sector

Dave Chenevert, Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Champion | 2019 Manufacturing AwardsIf there is one thing Dave Chenevert loves as much as solving problems...

People, not machines, key to manufacturing success

The popular image of manufacturing is big machines making big things. But nothing could be further from the truth, as the profiles of the...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2019 special section

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