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STEADY GROWTH: Cole DeSanty, right, director of client development for The Hire LLC, speaks with his colleagues, from left, CEO Tyler Wentworth; Bryan Soderberg, manager of candidate success; and Chief Operating Officer Erin Pavane. The Providence job placement firm has seen steady revenue growth since offering unlimited PTO from its inception in 2017. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

THE ULTIMATE PERK: More companies consider offering unlimited vacation time. Others...

When Erin Pavane landed a job at a tech startup in Massachusetts eight years ago, she was shocked about one of the perks: Pavane...

R.I. Commerce hires 2 consulting firms to advise on small-business credit...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. at its board meeting on Thursday approved the hiring of two consulting firms to advise on the implementation...
RHODE ISLAND companies in sectors that include retail, hospitality and nursing homes say they are concerned that implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate could make it difficult to recruit and retain workers. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

Many companies say they can’t afford to enact vaccine mandate

Rhode Island companies in sectors spanning retail, hospitality and even nursing homes say they worry that implementing a strict employee COVID-19 vaccine requirement could...
WORD OF CAUTION: Matthew Weldon, the director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, says a ruling by the DLT’s Board of Review doesn’t mean that everybody who has transportation problems will be eligible for unemployment benefits. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

No ride to work? You might be eligible for unemployment benefits

An employee is responsible for getting to work on time. But if an employer is inflexible when that worker loses their transportation, and the...

R.I. looks to expand workplace tests

Rhode Island is trying to double the number of daily tests taken for COVID-19, in part by encouraging more employers to adopt surveillance testing. Manufacturing...

Some remain unswayed on marijuana proposal

Legalized recreational marijuana seemed like a long shot when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo proposed it as a revenue generator 10 months ago, but a...

RIMA backs Raimondo in first-ever endorsement of a political candidate

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association announced its endorsement of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo Oct. 10, marking the organization’s first-ever endorsement of...
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...
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...

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