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ALL IN THE FAMILY: Ron Fasano Jr. is the third generation of the Fasano family to work at the Fasano Corp. machine shop in Cranston, which was founded by his grandfather in 1972.

At Fasano Corp., they’re sweating the small stuff

(Editor’s note: This is the 13th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...

Employee housing proposal sparks thoughts of mill villages

RICHMOND – Warren Fry’s housing situation became a nightmare when a pesky neighbor caused him to move out of his apartment in Westerly where...
Kathie Mahoney
Executive director, Polaris MEP / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Kathie Mahoney

Kathie Mahoney | Executive director, Polaris MEP 1. What is your priority in 2021 as the new director of Polaris MEP? Since we are still...

Employers have role in testing

Most local employers have already greatly contributed to controlling the spread of COVID-19 by following – and in many cases exceeding – state workplace...
PLAYING IT SAFE: Peter King, CEO and president of WaterRower Inc., says the company has been meticulous about safety measures after a COVID-19 outbreak in the spring. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic’s been an ordeal … and a boon, too

Peter King is CEO and president of WaterRower Inc., a manufacturer of rowing exercise machines that has seen its sales expand in the pandemic...
Terri Monjar

The road ahead for manufacturers

Manufacturers of every size and across every industry, here in Rhode Island and elsewhere, are weathering unforeseen economic forces rising from the coronavirus pandemic....
NEW CUSTOMERS: Cleverhood LLC owner Susan Mocarski stepped up international marketing when domestic sales of the company’s outerwear dried up earlier this year. International sales are up 450% since April. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pandemic pushes some R.I. companies into foreign markets

When one market dries up, smart businesspeople look for another. For some local manufacturers, that’s meant more aggressively looking overseas during the pandemic. While the...
TESTED: WaterRower Inc. CEO and President Peter King, right, speaks with assembly worker Lenny Laur. The Warren manufacturer has managed two COVID-19 outbreaks among employees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

COVID-19 testing success outside workplace means little within it

Rhode Island’s consistent ranking among the highest rates of COVID-19 testing per capita in the country may prove to be a key factor in...
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Perella’s Ristorante chef-owner Lou Perella not only cooks the food but is now delivering it, here to CJ Audet-Kelly. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Down, but not out: R.I., bizs hurting but also stepping up

The bold headline at the top of Page 1 in PBN’s first digital-only edition in its 34-year history says it all: KNOCKED DOWN, BUT...

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...
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