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Uncertainty on trade stalls growth

The trade war between the United States and China has been felt by most Rhode Island manufacturers, though not all in the same way. Many...
PRECISE CUTS: Bert Lima, shop supervisor at The Beck Cos., operates the robotic saw jet from BACA Systems. It allows precise cuts and details in the stone countertops and pieces that Beck manufactures.
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Robots seen complementing, not replacing, workers

Manufacturers in Rhode Island who are looking for greater efficiency and productivity are turning to automated machines and programmable robots, but the technology creates...
HELPING MANUFACTURERS: Companies responding to a Polaris MEP survey used red dots to identify their top five business needs. One-third of 152 manufacturing representatives identified managing growth as one of their top priorities. / COURTESY ­POLARIS MEP

Makers look to expand local supply chain

What is made in the Ocean State? Even some manufacturers, who make a living making products, are surprised by the diversity of local suppliers. An...
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