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JOBS COMING: Amgen Rhode Island’s new biomanufacturing plant in West Greenwich is expected to add 150 high-paying jobs there. Pictured is Rohan Persaud, Amgen’s plant manager and executive director. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

New Amgen plant shows potential of targeted tax incentives

It’s hard to find economic success stories in a pandemic that aren’t somehow a result of the crisis, but there’s one standing on Amgen...

EB crucial to healthy economy

When a major employer announces an in-person press event in the middle of a raging pandemic, you want to be there. Thankfully, the news...

More good jobs will improve R.I.’s personal income

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has been on a mission for more than four years now to grow the number and improve the quality and...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Blake Filippi

Blake Filippi | Minority leader, R.I. House 1. You are the new House minority leader. How do you elevate the voices of a comparatively small...
JOB KILLER? Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a call by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to raise the state's minimum wage in 2020 to $11.10 per hour. Many businesses feel that it will lead to less hiring if it is put in place. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

Should the General Assembly follow Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s lead and...

After going up for a second consecutive year to $10.50 per hour at the beginning of 2019, there is talk about adding another 60...

PBN on WJAR-TV, Dec. 31, 2018

2018 was good, but much to be done Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the...

PBN on WJAR-TV, Dec. 24, 2018

Job growth in R.I. is expected to come at the top and bottom of the pay scale. Where will that leave the middle class? Every...
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT MADE SIGNIFICANT GAINS in February, according to ADP, beating expectation. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

Companies in U.S. add more jobs than expected, ADP data show

WASHINGTON – Companies in the United States added more workers in February than expected, underscoring continued strengthening in the labor market, according to data...
COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Kurt Noyce, president of Embrace Home Loans Inc. in Middletown, said the company’s relationship with local colleges and job-development organizations has provided Embrace with “eager, energetic and ethical employees.” Pictured, from left: Claudia Mobilia, senior vice president of loan operations; Noyce; Shawn Cary, bank finance manager; and Shannon Timek, closing team leader. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Reputation, culture drive steady growth at Embrace Home Loans

Kurt Noyce, president of Embrace Home Loans Inc., is no stranger to growth. For nearly two decades, he’s helped grow the Middletown full-service mortgage...
NEW PRODUCTS: Todd Blount, president of Blount Fine Foods, and his team originally made recipes as instructed by customers and partners, but over the last five years the company has developed a deep innovation process resulting in new products. From left: Sashaira Ramirez, production supervisor; Blount; and senior directors of culinary development Jeff Wirtz and Quinn Corbett. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Deep innovation, souped-up products keep Blount successful

Blount Fine Foods started as an oyster-packing company in 1880. By the 1950s, Blount Seafood was one of the largest suppliers to Campbell Soup...

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