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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...
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.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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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