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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 LLC and RITIN, in 2018. In the background is Tanya Dumrongmanee, Polaris program ­consultant. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Making the sector more resilient

MANUFACTURING The trends in manufacturing over the past decade, including lean processes and increased efficiency, took a back seat in the last two years. Innovation...
J.L. “Lynn” Singleton

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, president of the Providence Performing Arts Center, must be doing something right. The 3,100-seat theater remained empty for more than a year...
VIRTUAL ACT: Brien Lang, right, and Dave Carney perform “Miss You Like Hell,” a musical adaptation of the movie “Road House,” linked via Zoom with fellow Wilbury Theatre Group cast members for a 401Gives Day online performance in 2020 at the theater in Providence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Nonprofits turn to way to raise money

NONPROFIT Nonprofit organizations are lifelines for communities, helping those in need with food, medical services, education services and other community programs. Those organizations were critical...
EVOLVING DISTRICT: The $20 million Providence River Pedestrian Bridge completed in 2019 is part of the changing landscape in the I-195 Redevelopment District. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Sky has been limit for R.I. developers

REAL ESTATE Real estate has taken center stage in Rhode Island as a form of economic development. After a slow start, the long-vacant I-195 Redevelopment District...
Karl Wadensten

Karl Wadensten

Before the pandemic, Karl Wadensten was known as Rhode Island’s king of lean manufacturing. And no one who knows the outspoken CEO and president...
John Hazen White Jr.

John Hazen White Jr.

The phrase “keeping it in the family” has a special meaning to John Hazen White Jr., executive chairman of the board and owner of...
MODEL EMPLOYEE: Kelly Knee, who started
at Applied Science Associates as an intern in
2004, is now executive director of RPS Group’s
Ocean Science Division, the organization that
was once Applied Science Associates. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Applied Science Associates

(published Aug. 1, 1988) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1979 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Computer modeler of marine and freshwater environments THEN: OWNER: Malcolm L. Spaulding, founder LOCATION: Narragansett EMPLOYEES: 16 ANNUAL SALES: WND NOW:...
KEEPS ON TRUCKING: Palmer Spring Co. was busy in 1930, when this photo was taken, and it remains busy as the next generation of the Palmer family prepares to take over. / COURTESY PALMER FAMILY

Palmer Spring Co.

(published Nov. 20, 1995) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1849 (in Boston) TYPE OF BUSINESS: Brake, front-end suspension parts and service for all vehicles THEN: OWNERS: Douglas, Reggie and Chris...
DIGGING UP THE PAST: Deborah Cox, president of Public Archaeology Laboratory, in 2007 with some artifacts recovered from a worksite. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Public Archeology Laboratory

(published Dec. 1, 2007) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1982 TYPE OF BUSINESS: A private nonprofit organization specializing in terrestrial and marine archaeology, historical research, and documentation and preservation...

Joseph R. Paolino Jr.

JOSEPH R. PAOLINO JR., even after three decades removed from being Providence mayor, still has his finger firmly on the pulse within the city...
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