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RITIN chair discusses effectiveness of industry partnerships at global expo

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network Chairman Michael Woody moderated a panel discussion at the Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo held in Nashville,...
BROKEN LINKS: Cleverhood LLC owner Susan Mocarski can’t meet the growing demand for rain capes her company designs because of the months it now takes for some overseas orders 
to be filled. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pervasive supply chain woes could boost local manufacturing

Companies doing business overseas have long understood the importance of a dependable supply chain. But for everyone else, this holiday shopping season has provided...

Five Questions With: Michael Woody

The University of Rhode Island has established a Textiles Advisory Board in its College of Business Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. A...

R.I. Textile Innovation Network webinar to focus on industrial sewing

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network will host a free webinar on March 3 focused on We Make RI’s Industrial Sewing workforce...
Clare King / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Five Questions With: Clare King

Clare King | President, Propel LLC 1. How has Propel, a Pawtucket-based textile product innovation company, responded to the COVID-19 demand for safety products?...

Five Questions With: Michael Woody

The University of Rhode Island is sponsoring a Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network event on Nov. 1 that will look at the feasibility of...
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,...
NOT SATISFIED: Karl Wadensten, president and CEO of VIBCO in Richmond, said he is not satisfied with the North American Free Trade Agreement or the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement because both are designed for each country’s best interest, rather than unifying North America in a three-way partnership.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. manufacturers differ on USMCA regulations

With ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement dragging on longer than expected, Rhode Island manufacturers’ outlook on the proposed deal is mixed. Some say the...
COMMITTED TO COLLABORATION: Mary Johnson, left, program manager for Polaris MEP and the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network, speaks with Michael Woody, president of Trans-Tex and RITIN. In the background are Tanya Dumrongmanee, Polaris MEP program consultant, and Phil Ward, Polaris MEP project manager.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

RITIN setting textile manufacturers on right path

There could not have been a better place for the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network to announce its official formation than historic textile-manufacturing hub...
THE RHODE ISLAND Textile Innovation Network held its official launch at the Slater Mill Museum in Pawtucket. From left, Michael Woody, President is RITIN and CEO of TransTex, and Jack Wilson of Griswold Textiles. / COURTESY STEVE MASON

Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network lauded by national group

PAWTUCKET – With the official launch of the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network at the Slater Mill Museum in Pawtucket, the National Council of...
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