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LEGISLATION has been filed in both chambers of the General Assembly that would extend paid family leave from six to 12 weeks, but some business groups have raised concerns. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. business groups worry about effects of extending paid family...

While there is widespread support for bills in the General Assembly that would double the amount of paid family leave offered in Rhode Island...
AMPED UP: Zachary Cobb, left, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence vice president of services, and Steven Ilmrud, vice president of operations, demonstrate one of the charging stations at the North Kingstown company that are part of the company’s ambitious plans to offset the emissions it produces with renewable energy or credits by 2030. 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

LOST IN EMISSIONS: Businesses befuddled by state’s net-zero goals

So far, the 10 electric vehicle charging stations tucked away in the corner of the 200-space parking lot at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Inc. haven’t...
PLUGGED IN: Zachary Cobb, left, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Inc. vice president of services, and Steven Ilmrud, vice president of operations, are knowledgeable about the state’s Act on Climate law, but many businesses aren’t. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Business lacking bigger voice in state’s net-zero plans

Rhode Island made a landmark commitment to slashing greenhouse gases emanating from the state when the General Assembly passed the Act on Climate law...
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. 
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

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. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
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