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SPREAD THE WORD: Avi Nevel, CEO and president of the Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative, thinks many Rhode Island businesses are unaware of the opportunities presented by foreign trade zones. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Trade zone designation an untapped opportunity for R.I. companies

Fifteen months after Rhode Island became a statewide foreign trade zone, only one company has taken advantage. While the benefits, which include reduced tariffs...
REAL RHODY DEAL: Trisha Torres, co-owner of bird feeder manufacturer Aspects Inc. in Warren, takes pride in the fact the company has exclusively been making lawn and garden products at its Rhode Island facility for 40 years. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. manufacturer of bird feeder is flying high

Made in the USA is a claim few manufacturers can make. And even fewer can boast of products made entirely in Rhode Island. But this...
U.S. MANUFACTURING contracted for the fourth straight month in November, according to the Institute for Supply Management. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MATTHEW BUSCH

U.S. factories extend contraction as index misses forecasts

WASHINGTON – America's industrial heartbeat remained faint in November as a measure of manufacturing contracted for a fourth straight month against a backdrop of...
U.S. MANUFACTURING contracted for the third straight month in October, according to the Institute for Supply Management. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MATTHEW BUSCH

U.S. factory gauge signals contraction for third-straight month

WASHINGTON – A gauge of United States manufacturing trailed estimates for October and signaled the sector contracted for a third-straight month, with the weakest...
TARIFF IMPACTS: Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Executive Director David Chenevert said the impact of tariffs and the slowing of the world economy has affected businesses differently in Rhode Island. Manufacturers focused on the aerospace or medical-industry markets are doing fine, he said, because defense spending has increased and the medical industry is growing. Companies producing products for the automotive industry, however, are seeing an impact because auto sales are down nationally.
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U.S. trade war with China has brought pain, uncertainty

The initial tariffs imposed in 2018 on imports from China didn’t affect Cooley Group, a Pawtucket-based company that manufactures an array of engineered materials,...
FORMULA FOR SUCCESS: Kaylee Miller, a chemist for the Original Bradford Soap Works Inc., works on a research and development project in the company lab in West Warwick. Bradford executives say the company thrives because of its drive to develop new products.
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Personal care pushed to new levels

2019 PBN Innovative Companies: Manufacturing Original Bradford Soap Works Inc. ORIGINAL BRADFORD SOAP WORKS INC. has built a reputation as a developer and manufacturer of innovative...

Luxury linens made close to home

2019 PBN Fastest Growing Companies: $25m - $75M 3. John Matouk & Co. CEO (or equivalent): George Matouk Jr. 2018 Revenue: $37,942,000 2016 Revenue: $29,325,000 Revenue growth: 29.4% JOHN MATOUK...
JOB TRAINING: We Make RI staff, from left: Diana Castellone, marketing specialist; Barbara Jackson, executive director; Katelyn Boudreau, vice president of employer relations; and Samantha Gobin, outreach coordinator, meet at the nonprofit’s Cranston offices.
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Manufacturing a new job

At least half of the men accepted into classes at We Make RI say they want to be machinists, or computer numerically controlled operators. The...
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Five Questions With Takaya Sugimura

5Q: Takaya Sugimura | President, Yushin America Inc. 1. What does Yushin America do in Rhode Island? We are the oldest and largest subsidiary...
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