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RESILIENT WORKFORCE: Daniel Dwight, left, CEO and president of Cooley Group in Pawtucket, speaks with machine operator ­Henry DaSilva. Dwight says his core motivation is to inspire his team to maintain optimism in the face of an ever-changing environment.

Cooley Group’s Dwight remains steadfast and willing to change to different...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNER: Daniel Dwight, CEO and president, Cooley Group Pawtucket-based Cooley Group has thrived under the watchful eye of CEO and...
HANDS-ON ASSEMBLY: Taco Inc. machine operators Latsamy Saysana, foreground, and Boumsavanh Le work at the company’s Cranston facility. Taco manufactures a variety of items, including air and dirt separators, circulatory pumps, thermostats and many heating- and pumping-based products.

Flexible workers, adaptability keep products churning out at Taco

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 OVERALL EXCELLENCE AT AN ENTERPRISE MANUFACTURER: Taco Inc. The last thing many people think about when they go on vacation is their hot-water...
ENHANCED OPERATION: Keila Mendez, a machine operator at AstroNova Inc., works at the company’s West Warwick facility. The company, which designs, manufactures, distributes and services data visualization technologies, hired a new director of quality and continuous improvement and implemented new safety measures that have contributed to improved operations.

Streamlining efforts helping AstroNova to take flight again

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 OVERALL EXCELLENCE AT A LARGE MANUFACTURER: AstroNova Inc. AstroNova Inc. is bouncing back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and launched several...
ON TARGET: Natalia ­Pelletier, Poyant Signs Inc.’s senior project manager, and Bill Furey, the company’s channel letter production lead, stand over a sign made for Target. 

Poyant thrives by employing old family values and new efficiency methods

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 OVERALL EXCELLENCE AT A MIDSIZE MANUFACTURER: Poyant Signs Inc. Poyant Signs Inc., a family-owned sign-making business, was founded during the Great Depression....
STAMP OF APPROVAL: Snow Findings Co. President Bob Snow and employee Maria Pena work on the metal stamping service company’s manufacturing floor 
in West Warwick.

Small size, low overhead allows Snow Findings to nimbly navigate industry...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 OVERALL EXCELLENCE AT A SMALL MANUFACTURER: Snow Findings Co. At 71 years old, West Warwick-based Snow Findings Co. has managed industry shakeups by...
WHIMSICAL PRODUCTS: Katy Westscott, CEO of Katrinkles Inc. in Providence, which makes buttons and tools for crafters, goes over some of the company’s products with production technician Brandon Amorin.

Katrinkles Inc. gets crafty about helping the environment

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 EXCELLENCE IN GREEN MANUFACTURING: Katrinkles Inc. BE THE CHANGE you want to see in the world, an axiom attributed to Gandhi, could also...
SAFETY FIRST: Laurie Haruben, foreground, TPI Composites Inc.’s plant manager, and her team have implemented several initiatives at the Warren facility to maintain and improve workplace safety. 

TPI Composites has the right tools to maintain a safe environment

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 EXCELLENCE IN SAFETY & PERFORMANCE RECORDS: TPI Composites Inc. WORKING FOR CUSTOMERS in the turbine and automotive industries, such as General Electric Co....
FROM A TO ZINC: From left, Reade Advanced Materials Director of Marketing Elisabeth Reade Law and controller Amanda Reade Sturgeon hold a couple pieces of zinc while on a recent plant tour visiting zinc dust suppliers. 

Fifth generation keeps Reade Advanced Materials sourcing chemicals for clients

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 EXCELLENCE AT A FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS: Reade Advanced Materials Reade Advanced Materials has been a family business for five generations. It was established in...
GETTING TECHNICAL: Community College of Rhode Island student Stephanie Bacon works on a computer screen while taking the college’s Fast Track to CNC Manufacturing program in partnership with Polaris MEP. 

CCRI partners with Polaris MEP to prepare students for workforce of...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 EXCELLENCE IN COLLABORATION IN MANUFACTURING: Community College of Rhode Island and Polaris MEP While scholars debate the merits of a four-year college education,...
HIGH ROLLER: Greg Viera, left, a machine operator, and Frank Costa, ­senior machine operator, work on the manufacturing floor at plastics maker Trico Specialty Films Inc. in North Kingstown. 

Acquisition allows Trico to expand, add production lines and plastics offered

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 EXCELLENCE IN AN EMERGING MANUFACTURER: Trico Specialty Films Inc. Sales exploded by 230% in 2021-22 for North Kingstown plastics-extrusion and plastics-film manufacturer Trico...
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