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POWERS THAT BE: Peter Kaczmarek, president of Mearthane Products Corp. in Cranston, has decided to add rooftop solar panels to his facility in part because of concerns about increasing electricity rates in the region. 

Firms fret about how big their power bills will grow

The massive milling machines and grinders used to make Hindley Manufacturing Co.’s signature wire hardware are power hungry, so it’s no surprise that President...
MAN AND MACHINE: Joseph Matthews, president of Maxson Automatic Machinery Co. in Westerly, explains the features of a sheeter, a piece of precision manufacturing equipment that Maxson produces for other companies. 

A CUT ABOVE: Maxson’s precision machines keep other manufacturers in business

(Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
METALHEAD: P. Thomas Kenny Jr. pours melted zinc into the casting machines at Miniature Casting Corp. in Cranston. 

MEET THE MAKERS: A growth story that contains millions of die-cast...

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
SETH MAGAZINER, left, is still the top fundraiser and spender in the race for the U.S. 2nd Congressional District seat over Republican candidate Allan W. Fung, middle. Independent candidate William Gilbert, right, did not file a third-quarter campaign finance report. / SCREENSHOT VIA YOUTUBE

Magaziner remains top fundraiser in 2nd Congressional District race heading into...

PROVIDENCE – Seth Magaziner remains both the top fundraiser and campaign spender, as well as having cash on hand, in the race to succeed...
R.I. TREASURER SETH MAGAZINER has raised $2.09 million to date for his U.S. Congressional campaign. / COURTESY R.I. TREASURER SETH MAGAZINER

Magaziner still top fundraiser in 2nd Congressional District race

PROVIDENCE – Seth Magaziner is still the runaway leader in both fundraising and having cash on hand for the crowded race to succeed Rep....

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...
RHODE ISLAND business leaders say the new recreational marijuana law provies enough protections for employers to create workplace drug policies suitable for their individual companies. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business community accepts R.I. cannabis act

After years of fighting against the legalization of recreational marijuana use, many Rhode Island business leaders say they’re now satisfied with parts of the...
IMPACTFUL LEADER: Since Cheryl Merchant joined Taco Comfort Solutions in 2019 as CEO, the heating, cooling, plumbing and irrigation systems manufacturer in Cranston has seen a 20% jump in revenue. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Merchant plays integral role in moving manufacturing forward in R.I.

Business Women Awards 2022 Career Achiever Cheryl Merchant, Taco Comfort Solutions While growing up on her family’s Michigan farm, Cheryl Merchant learned firsthand the value of...

Business groups seek steeper cut in tax penalty interest rate

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee has proposed cutting the interest rate on delinquent taxes owed to the state of Rhode Island from 18%...
BOXED OUT: French Confection owners Karen Mauprivez, left, and Xavier Mauprivez, center, help Taylor Brendlinger of Portsmouth with her order, including one of their popular Yule logs, at their Middletown bakery. Ordering specialized boxes for the cakes and other supplies has been a problem this year. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

CHAIN REACTION: Supply snags deliver blow to R.I. businesses

With cycling’s popularity surging during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand has been sky high at Providence-based outerwear company Cleverhood LLC. That’s because the company designs and...
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