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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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ANDREW JEAS, 39

40 Under Forty 2019 winner: ANDREW JEAS | 39 CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, AGELESS INNOVATION LLCWhat is the best advice you have ever received? There...

PBN C-Suite Awards 2019 special section

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MIX IT UP: Chi Foods CEO Minnie Luong stirs the ingredients for a fresh batch of kimchi in the company’s kitchen.
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Chi Foods develops recipe for success

Chi Foods LLC  Emerging Manufacturer | 2019 Manufacturing AwardsMinnie Luong was living in a Cambridge, Mass., apartment a few years ago when she decided...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2019 special section

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Coming to Rhode Island?

What size businesses are most needed in Rhode Island? Any-sized businesses: 53.9% Midsized businesses: 46.1% Small businesses: 0% Large corporations: 0%Which industries are most needed in Rhode Island?...
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