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PLAYING IT SAFE: Peter King, CEO and president of WaterRower Inc., says the company has been meticulous about safety measures after a COVID-19 outbreak in the spring. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic’s been an ordeal … and a boon, too

Peter King is CEO and president of WaterRower Inc., a manufacturer of rowing exercise machines that has seen its sales expand in the pandemic...
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: A staff member from Alert EMS gets a COVID-19 test sample from a drive-up patient at a mobile test site in Central Falls. Alert EMS staff handles the swabbing, CVS Health Corp. runs the machines that process the samples and the University of Rhode Island helps house the machines. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

NO PANACEA: Employers told COVID-19 tests won’t ensure safety in workplace

Rhode Island is a COVID-19 testing leader. At an average of nearly 3,000 tests a day, the state has among the highest rates of testing...
MEASURED ACTIONS: VIBCO mechanical engineering employees Greg Pickering, left, and Claudia Brown place tape on the factory floor to ensure proper social distancing around the time clock. When this photo was taken, face masks were not yet required. / COURTESY VIBCO INC.

R.I. factories have learned lessons in fighting to keep COVID-19 out

Through his involvement in an international organization, Karl Wadensten knew what global manufacturers were doing to try to keep COVID-19 out of their workplaces. Before...
SUSTAINED GROWTH: Peter King is president and CEO of WaterRower Inc., a rowing-machine manufacturer that has quadrupled its workforce over the past five years and is still hiring. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘[Our] competition is all around the globe’

WaterRower Inc. has expanded steadily in Rhode Island over the past several years, with a product line dominated by stylish, high-performance rowing machines. The...

The state has handed out millions of dollars in incentives to...

Government incentives tied to job creation or real estate development are intended to keep businesses in Rhode Island, attract new employers and spur economic...

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