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UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Christian Cowan, executive director of 401 Tech Bridge in Portsmouth, and Mary Johnson, manager, outside the location of what will become the organization’s Advanced Materials and Technology Center, a 17,000-square-foot research and development facility slated to be completed by the end of the year. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

R.I. tech ‘super connector’ gaining momentum

Christian Cowan experienced a lot of sleepless nights last year. Cowan is in charge of 401 Tech Bridge, an economic development initiative launched in 2019...

Feds grant $2.3M for 401 Tech Bridge facility in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH – Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership will receive $2.3 million in federal funds for construction of an Advanced Materials and Technology Center here for...
OVER A QUARTER of respondents in a survey of Rhode Island manufacturers said they did not want to see loosened restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. / COURTESY POLARIS MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

Survey takes stock of R.I. manufacturers amid COVID-19 climate

PROVIDENCE – Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership conducted a survey of Rhode Island manufacturers and found that 36% would like to see social-distancing restrictions relaxed...
STRONG CONNECTIONS: Jennifer McCann, director of the U.S. Coastal Program at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, shown here at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett, says Rhode Island can build a sustainable future by connecting its related industries in the blue economy. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Super sector: Experts say R.I.’s $5B blue economy has oceans of...

Intertwined with Rhode Island’s economy as a source of food, recreation and power, and as a medium for transportation and defense, the ocean has...
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.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

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,...
POLARIS MANUFACTURING EXTENSION Partnership is expanding its roster of professional consultants to assist local manufacturers and is accepting applications from May 1 through June 15.

Polaris MEP recruiting specialists for manufacturing consulting

PROVIDENCE – Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership is expanding its roster of professional consultants that it will connect with local manufacturers, the nonprofit organization announced...

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