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CONCERNED: Dave Waldeck, left, fabrication supervisor at VIBCO Vibrators in Richmond, speaks with CEO Karl Wadensten. VIBCO uses aluminum and steel in about 75 percent of its products and is scrambling to find enough supply and to find an agreeable price for future shipments. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

VIBCO wary of tariffs on steel, aluminum

In theory, manufacturers in Rhode Island who primarily use American-made steel shouldn’t be penalized for the placement of new tariffs on imported steel and...
IT’S A LOCAL STORY: Higher minimum wages do not seem to have hurt New ­England excessively – three states have among the lowest 10 jobless rates in the nation. And Massachusetts, with the third-highest minimum wage in the nation, comes in at No. 17 for lowest jobless rate in the nation. No one ever said New England followed all the national trends.

Higher minimum wage correlates slightly with higher unemployment

One of the primary arguments against raising the minimum wage is that employment will drop, especially among young, entry-level workers.A cursory look at the...

Is transparency bad for tourism?

Trudy Coxe, CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Preservation ­Society of Newport County, sees a problem with a lack of transparency in the state’s...

R.I. pitched as ‘Fun-Sized’

“Marketing is not a logo, it is not a brand,” said R.I. Commerce Corp. Chief Marketing Officer Lara Salamano, discussing the agency’s decidedly low-key...
TEAM APPROACH: Donald R. Nokes, president and founder of NetCenergy, an information technology services firm, converses with employees at their Cranston office. From left, Kelsey Nokes, manager, business systems; Greg Morrell, network engineer; Donald R. Nokes, president; and Chris Aloisio, lead engineer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Outsourcing helps keep businesses competitive, but is it hurting job growth?

Donald R. Nokes started NetCenergy, an outsourced information technology firm, about 14 years ago.Today, from its headquarters in Cranston, the company provides IT support...
POPULAR RACE: Boats skim the water during the Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race in Newport at the Volvo Ocean Race in May 2015. The race contributes to making Newport an attractive touring destination.   / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/AINHOA SANCHEZ

Eighteen months after the ‘Cooler & Warmer’ debacle, does R.I....

When Portsmouth-based Rail Explorers USA, which offers unusual tours on recumbent bicycles along abandoned rail lines, got some national press in late July, business...
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