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OCCUPANTS WANTED: Raymond Goff, Burrillville’s planning director and economic development coordinator, visits the entrance to the town’s commerce park, which has remained mostly unused for many years. Town officials are hoping to change that. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

SETTING SITES HIGHER: Will $40M initiative aimed at creating more pad-ready...

When Burrillville officials unveiled plans to create a second industrial park in the rural town in the early 2000s to bring in jobs and...
COURTESY SKYLINE AT WATERPLACE LLC

Most-read stories on PBN.com, Nov. 2023

1. Judge orders eviction of Skyline at Waterplace POSTED ONLINE: Nov. 6. A state district court judge ordered the eviction of Skyline at Waterplace...
EDESIA INC. in North Kingstown received a $137 million gift from the Bezos Family Foundation to help expand its operations both locally and internationally.

Edesia receives $137M gift from Bezos Family Foundation

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A local nonprofit manufacturer that produces food to help malnourished children around the world received a transformational gift from the family...

Shortage of industrial sites has R.I. taking steps to help

When it comes to available industrial sites in Rhode Island, the list is rather short. State commerce officials say the vacancy rate is running at...
NAVYN SALEM, right, founder and CEO of North Kingstown-based food manufacturer Edesia Inc., reacts to receiving a $25,000 donation on 'The Drew Barrymore Show' that aired March 23 from Perdue Farms. Barrymore then matched the donation, giving Edesia $50,000. / COURTESY YOUTUBE.COM

Edesia receives $50K gift on ‘Drew Barrymore Show’; funds will help...

NORTH KINGSTOWN – An appearance on the NBC’s “Today” show subsequently led to a pleasant financial surprise for Edesia Inc. on another daytime talk...

Edesia Inc.

THE STORY: Named after the Roman goddess of food, Edesia Inc.’s mission is to save the world from hunger. The North Kingstown-based manufacturer has...
FACTORY CERTIFIED: Ronald Yanku has been credited with boosting Edesia Inc.’s production of lifesaving nutritional packets with robotics, while cutting costs and maintaining jobs. He’s plant operations director for the nonprofit.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Ronald Yanku, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner RONALD YANKU | Plant operations director, Edesia Inc. RONALD YANKU’S 34 YEARS in manufacturing all led to his most...
TEACHING TOOL: Megan Cortesi and Jeremy Demers, students in the process technician program at the Westerly Education Center, use a teaching tool that mimics industrial systems in the handling of liquids.
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BRIAN MCDONALD

Managing ‘process’ a wanted skill

Process technician: The name doesn’t necessarily trigger an awareness or emotion among Rhode Island job seekers, but maybe it should. Employers are looking for them,...
MARIA VELEZ, left, and CEO Navyn Salem check food packages as they move along the production line at the Edesia plant in North Kingstown.
/ PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Edesia assembles ready-to-use remedy for the world’s hungriest

Edesia INC. Overall Excellence, 50-149 employees | 2019 PBN Manufacturing Awards Producing peanut-based, ready-to-use foods that help treat different degrees of malnutrition experienced by pregnant women...
ORGANIC HEALTH: Kimberly Cornwell, owner and founder of Celadon Road Inc., an organic health and products company that sells mostly online, holds the refill size of her lavender laundry detergent, which has all-natural ingredients. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Local warehouse space in short supply with rise of e-commerce

As e-commerce continues to transform the retail industry, the demand for dependable, affordable storage space is on the rise in the United States. The trend...
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