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2020 Manufacturing Awards Program

Join us June 30th as we honor the 2020 Manufacturing Award Winners!
PROPERLY SHIELDED: Terri Mehaffey operates an extrusion line at the Cooley Group factory in Pawtucket. Face shields and masks can be uncomfortable for those dealing with the heat on the factory floor. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: Warding off weariness is a challenge

(Editor’s note: This is the 11th installment in a weekly series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of...
BRANCHING OUT: Kinder Industries owner Phillip Kinder displays the face shield and mask that his company recently started producing for health care workers and commercial orders. In the background, head seamstress Misuk Toppa cuts strips for enclosure panels that are going to Regata Place in Newport. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Kinder Industries shielded from a shutdown

For two weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Rhode Island, the phone stopped ringing at Kinder Industries Inc. in Bristol. The manufacturer of...
PHONING FROM HOME: Cooley CEO and President Daniel Dwight works from his home in Massachusetts. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: Pulling off a telecommuting balancing act

(Editor’s note: This is the 10th installment in a weekly series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of...
COMMUNITY ASSET: Pranzi Catering and Events co-owner and CEO Lisa Marie Mattiello partners with local high schools to provide internships to challenged students and works with several nonprofit organizations on their events. / COURTESY PRANZI CATERING AND EVENTS

Pranzi’s Mattiello helps make events special, while keeping it all in...

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 INDUSTRY LEADER, HOSPITALITY: Lisa Marie Mattiello | Pranzi Catering and Events LISA MARIE MATTIELLO has always been drawn to hospitality. She...
A SPECIAL TOUCH: Cooley Group team leader Arnold McLaughlin operates an extruder via a touchscreen monitor at Cooley’s Pawtucket location. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: An exciting time for data analysis

(Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment in a weekly series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of...
MEASURED ACTIONS: VIBCO mechanical engineering employees Greg Pickering, left, and Claudia Brown place tape on the factory floor to ensure proper social distancing around the time clock. When this photo was taken, face masks were not yet required. / COURTESY VIBCO INC.

R.I. factories have learned lessons in fighting to keep COVID-19 out

Through his involvement in an international organization, Karl Wadensten knew what global manufacturers were doing to try to keep COVID-19 out of their workplaces. Before...
IN A BUNCH: Cooley Group’s sales and customer service team gather virtually to collaborate on a new market opportunity. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: New reality for sales team

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth installment in a weekly series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of...
THE INSTITUTE for Supply Management's U.S. manufacturing Index declined for the third consecutive month in May. / AP FILE PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI

Survey: U.S. factories sink in May for third straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) – American factories slowed for the third consecutive month in May as they continued to sustain economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The...
CROSS-TRAINED: Cooley research and development team members Peter Charpentier, left, and Art Menezes perform experiments on a new Cooley geomembrane technology. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: R&D altered in time of crisis

(Editor’s note: This is the seventh installment in a weekly series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of...

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