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Polaris MEP names New York manufacturing leader as new director

PROVIDENCE – A former New York manufacturing and technology executive will lead manufacturing nonprofit Polaris MEP, the organization announced on Monday. Matt Watson, former senior...

Former Polaris MEP leader Mahoney to head MassMEP

AUBURN, Mass. – Kathie Mahoney, former center director of Polaris MEP, will remain nearby the Rhode Island manufacturing sphere following her departure from the...

Mackie named interim president of Polaris MEP advisory board

PROVIDENCE – Polaris MEP has appointed Wendy Mackie, a longtime blue economy and workforce development leader in Rhode Island, as interim president of its...

Polaris MEP seeking members for its manufacturing advisory board

PROVIDENCE – Polaris MEP, the state’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center, is growing and looking to add members to its advisory board, the organization announced. The...

Manufacturers renew call for business on-site COVID-19 testing

PROVIDENCE – With COVID-19 cases hitting record-breaking highs in Rhode Island, more employers are interested in workplace testing programs. But some are concerned that...

Legal aspects of COVID-19 vaccinations topic of Polaris MEP virtual session

PROVIDENCE – How manufacturers manage COVID-19 vaccination requirements in light of evolving federal and local regulations is the subject of a free virtual presentation...

Polaris MEP launches manufacturing report on workforce, growth in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Nonprofit consulting organization Polaris MEP has launched the “2022 State of RI Manufacturing Study,” a first-ever look at trends in the state’s...
MOTOR VEHICLES ARE unloaded on Pier 1 at the Port of Davisville in North Kingstown in early 2019. Port officials say the number of imports has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

At Quonset port, supply chain problems of a different kind

Major ports around the country are jammed with ships carrying products and materials waiting to be delivered to their final destinations, but Rhode Island’s...

Polaris MEP offers ‘Back2Better with Lean Manufacturing’ online panel discussion

PROVIDENCE – Manufacturing executives, operations managers, engineers, students and others interested in manufacturing are encouraged to attend a Polaris MEP virtual panel presentation, “Back2Better...
ASSEMBLY LINE: Machine operator Yahalra Santiago, left, helps Hache Diaz pack soap at Bradford Soap Works Inc. in West Warwick. Bradford CEO and President Stuart Benton says the company has had difficulty filling available positions due to a lack of skilled labor in the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Stronger, eager to grow

The flexibility required of Rhode Island manufacturers to stay open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has made many of them stronger, says Kathie Mahoney, center...
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