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IN THE CLASSROOM: Steven H. Kitchin, left, New England Institute of Technology vice president for corporate education and training, speaks with Kaleb Buffum, a student in the Shipbuilding Advanced Manufacturing Institute program, while instructor Wayne Farmer looks on at the facility on Post Road in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Healthy R.I. manufacturing industry driven by military defense, textiles

Since his start as Polaris MEP center director four years ago, Christian Cowan has watched the state’s manufacturing industry blossom. So much so, he...
GETTING TO KNOW R.I.: Local manufacturers gathered at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence on March 22 to make connections with other local companies. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Polaris MEP event helps R.I. manufacturers connect, prosper

Zack Sasa and Signature Cable Inc. in Cranston have been in business for 13 years, making cables and harnesses in batches of one, 10,...
ONLINE AND VIDEO GAMES are increasingly taking up a bigger share of the global toys and games market. / BLOOMBERG

The world’s biggest toymakers aren’t having much fun

NEW YORK - There’s trouble in toyland, and it started long before Toys ‘R’ Us went bust. Sales at the world’s three biggest toymakers—Lego A/S,...
HASBRO CEO BRIAN GOLDNER said that the company made a tactical error, releasing toys too far ahead of the Star Wars franchise’s most recent movie. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JEENAH MOON

Hasbro CEO admits making strategic mistake with ‘Last Jedi’ toys

PAWTUCKET - The force wasn’t with Hasbro Inc. during its latest Star Wars merchandising push. CEO Brian Goldner says the company goofed by releasing toys...

U.S. manufacturing holding its own

Everybody knows that there are fewer manufacturing jobs in the U.S. than there used to be. To be precise, there are 7 million fewer...
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Administrator Scott Pruitt has issued a new directive concerning a piece of the Clean Air Act that environmentalists believe will allow polluters to function more freely in the future.

EPA clears the air for polluters on U.S. factory emissions rules

NEW YORK – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has issued a new directive that clarifies a powerful but technical facet of the Clean...
INSPECTING: VR Industries CEO and President Brian Pestana, left, is with AOI tech Jorge Orsini, who works on the automated optical inspection equipment at the manufacturer’s Warwick facility. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

U.S. electronic parts competing again

In Warwick, one small business is starting to see a boomerang effect in the movement of contract manufacturing. Customers that had sought out less-expensive...
FIGURES FROM the Institute for Supply Management show U.S. manufacturing is being fueled by improving global economies and firm business investment. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/TY WRIGHT

Manufacturing in U.S. expands at fastest pace since May 2004

NEW YORK - U.S. factories expanded in February at the fastest rate since May 2004, indicating sustained strength in manufacturing as demand remains solid, figures...

Seeking proper skill sets

Do you feel there is a major problem in finding skilled employees? Yes: 50% No: 50% What industry do you feel is most in need for skilled...

PBN names Manufacturing Awards winners, Amgen’s Bush takes top leadership spot

PROVIDENCE – Tia Bush, vice president of operations at West Greenwich biotech manufacturer Amgen Rhode Island, has been named the winner in the Leadership...

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