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NEW TASKS: Alexandria Kitsilis Cardoso, left, and Christine Kitsilis, co-owners of Angelo’s Palace Pizza in Cumberland, prepare food in the kitchen. Restaurant employees were cross-trained to become delivery drivers or cooks to keep them working when dining room sales dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. job market could take years to recover

Economists foresee a long, slow rebuilding period following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the replacement of lost jobs in Rhode Island taking...
LOOKING FOR IMMUNITY: David Chenevert, executive director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, says employers should be protected from COVID-19-related lawsuits if they’re following guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. companies push for COVID-19 liability protection

If an employee gets sick with the novel coronavirus, should they be allowed to file a worker’s compensation claim or a lawsuit against their...
INSPECTION: 
Renaud Megard, CEO and president of NFI Corp. in New Bedford, inspects a face shield with Jennifer Bodnar, who works in the finishing department. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pandemic highlights hazards of offshoring for manufacturing

Renaud Megard knew he would have to make some key operational changes to his company, NFI Corp., when the coronavirus hit in March. While all...

R.I. Energy Council, RIMA call for suspension of energy-efficiency program

BRISTOL – The Energy Council of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Manufacturing Association are calling on the General Assembly to suspend the Energy...

Masks at work step toward recovery

The news that manufacturer Hope Global had to temporarily shut down its Cumberland facility after several workers tested positive for COVID-19 is a reminder...
MANUFACTURER Hope Global temporarily closed its Cumberland facility after some workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Safeguards in place for factory, construction workers

The manufacturing and construction sectors have been deemed essential and are protected from government closure in Rhode Island during the COVID-19 pandemic, but state,...
FREE SANITIZER: Liam Maloney, tasting room manager at The Industrious Spirit Co. in Providence, stands at the company’s “drive-up” window, where it is offering people free bottles of hand sanitizer that it makes using the byproduct of its vodka manufacturing. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many local factories transform to meet needs of pandemic fight

Matouk Luxury Linens is known for exquisite bedding, an elegant product aimed at Americans who shop in department stores for towels, sheets and ­pillowcases. That...

Rebuild RI Tax Credit program adjusts its focus

Since its creation in 2016, the Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credit program has funneled tax incentives to 35 large-scale projects, spurring more than $2...
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,...

Uncertainty on trade stalls growth

The trade war between the United States and China has been felt by most Rhode Island manufacturers, though not all in the same way. Many...

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