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STUART BENTON, left, CEO and president of Bradford Soap Works Inc., was presented Wednesday with the Strategic Leadership Award during Providence Business News' 2021 Manufacturing Awards program. At right, VIBCO Inc. CEO and President Karl Wadensten was named the 2021 Manufacturing Champion. / PBN PHOTOS / RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN Manufacturing Awards: Bradford Soap’s Benton, VIBCO’s Wadensten among industry forces...

PROVIDENCE – On a day-to-day basis at Bradford Soap Works Inc., Stuart Benton, the CEO and president of the West Warwick-based soap manufacturer, tries...
WRAPPING UP: Will Thomas, machine operator at athletic protective gear manufacturer G-Form LLC in North Smithfield, performs the final step in the machine process by applying the backer material just before the station will be closed and molded. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Pivot to PPE production keeps G-Form competing in manufacturing game

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Publisher’s Choice Award for Innovative Adaptation: G-Form LLC When public life and most commerce slammed shut in March 2020 because of...
TRAILBLAZER: Karl Wadensten, CEO and president of VIBCO Inc. in Richmond, was one of the first to create the blueprints for how to safely operate a manufacturing facility during COVID-19 and conduct employee and visitor screening. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Wadensten gives helping hand to companies, communities in fight against COVID-19

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Manufacturing Champion: Karl Wadensten, CEO and president, VIBCO Inc. VIBCO Inc. CEO and President Karl Wadensten is a well-known name throughout...
SIGNS OF THE TIMES: National Marker Co., creator of safety identification signs and products, increased its sales by more than 25% in 2020, as its products were in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. At right, manufacturing technician Tim Egan looks over some signs. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Company buy-in allows NMC to adapt production on the fly during...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Overall Excellence at a Midsize Manufacturer: National Marker Co. National Marker Co. has been creating safety identification signs and products since 1934....
ALWAYS IMPROVING: Bradford Soap Works Inc. machine operator Paula Panizza holds a bar of soap while CEO and President Stuart Benton looks on. Benton says he tries to get everyone to focus on incremental improvement every day. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Bradford Soap CEO aims to clean more than hands on path...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Strategic Leadership: Stuart Benton, CEO and President, Bradford Soap Works Inc. A bar of soap has taken on a whole new importance...
LIGHT TOUCH: Zoila Delacruz, left, and Mirna Delacruz attach Lumetta Inc.’s proprietary antimicrobial and washable Lumenate shade to a frame for a handcrafted, decorative light at the Cranston Public Library. / COURTESY LUMETTA INC.

Lumetta adapts patented light shade material to make suspended germ barriers

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Overall Excellence at a Small Manufacturer: Lumetta Inc. A photo gallery of artful products by Lumetta Inc., a Warwick-based lighting designer and...
CLOSE EYE: From left, associate manufacturer Adeline Lamothe, manufacturing process technician contract worker Austin White and associate manufacturer David Folco check the single-use bioreactors, which are used to control the conditions for generating protein cells at Amgen Rhode Island in West Greenwich. / COURTESY AMGEN INC.

Team approach allows Amgen to complete new biomanufacturing plant in 2020

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Overall Excellence at an Enterprise Manufacturer: Amgen Rhode Island Amgen Inc. develops medications for oncology/hematology, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, bone health, nephrology and...
FLEXIBLE TEAM: Richard Grundy, left, president and chief operating officer for AVTECH Software Inc. in Warren, speaks with Jonathan Foltz, fulfillment manager. Grundy said the COVID-19 pandemic allowed AVTECH to reimagine a more agile team structure, which helped it prevent downtime. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Boost in international sales of Room Alert products keeps AVTECH on...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Excellence in Exporting: AVTECH Software Inc. While the COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge for most companies in 2020, AVTECH Software Inc....
MEANINGFUL MOVE: Gregg Scarlata, president and chief operating officer of Colonial Mills Inc., says increased efficiencies have helped grow the company’s gross margins by more than 8% in the last three years. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Pandemic-driven demand for home décor products sews success for Colonial Mills

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Excellence in Lean Management: Colonial Mills Inc. Are you shopping online to make your “nest” cozier and more comfortable while you’re housebound...
PHARMACIST ASSIST: Jeanine Sinanan-Singh, co-founder and CEO of Vitae Industries Inc. in Providence, says the company’s AutoCompounder, which allows pharmacists to mix ingredients to create the proper dose of medication for an individual patient, was the first product of its kind to market. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Vitae’s AutoCompounder increasing efficiencies in personalized meds for pharmacies

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Emerging Manufacturer: Vitae Industries Inc. Vitae Industries Inc. works to promote efficiency in pharmacies with the assistance of its AutoCompounder product. Drug compounding...

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