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GETTING TO KNOW R.I.: Local manufacturers gathered at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence on March 22 to make connections with other local companies. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Polaris MEP event helps R.I. manufacturers connect, prosper

Zack Sasa and Signature Cable Inc. in Cranston have been in business for 13 years, making cables and harnesses in batches of one, 10,...
BUILDING BRANDS: David Gomez, standing, co-owner of the Red DWG Library co-working space in Pawtucket, talks with some of the users of the space. From left, seated, are: Natalie O’Sullivan, comedian; The Branding Edit co-founders: Olivia Rodrigues, Patsy Culp and Brittany Taylor; and Ashley Holmes, creative collaborator and stylist. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tech fest to draw thousands of innovators, investors to Pawtucket

Pawtucket will host the Ocean Inno Tech Fest later this year, bringing innovators and investors from far and wide to the city.“There are tech...
ADVANCED EQUIPMENT: Dave Zawacki, left, engineer, and Misha Pierre-Mike, sales and marketing manager, at Evans Capacitor Co. in East Providence. They are examining some of their advanced material-processing equipment that uses extreme temperature and pressure to form high-reliability capacitor parts.  / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Robots don’t take jobs, but turn manufacturers into educators

For years, we’ve heard about the shortage of labor in advanced manufacturing, with technological skills now the must-have labor asset for any company that...

Companies realize they need to train

The growing use of robots in manufacturing cuts the number of human employees a company requires. But at the same time, running robots is...
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Job Creators Q&A: Lisa Raiola

Lisa Raiola | Founder, Hope & MainIs Rhode Island a good place to grow jobs? Why? Yes, it’s a fantastic place to grow jobs...
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Five Questions With Tim Pheland

Tim Pheland | Manufacturing engineer, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence1. What first interested you about the manufacturing industry, especially in Rhode Island? As a child, I...
SETH WISEMAN, designer and development manager for the Rhode Island Mobile Maker Lab, will speak at this month's Providence Geeks event. Above, the 28-foot trailer that houses the lab. / COURTESY IYRS SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY & TRADES

IYRS Mobile Maker Lab to visit Providence Geeks

PROVIDENCE – For their October meetup, Providence Geeks will host the Rhode Island Mobile Maker Lab, a project of the IYRS School of Technology...
HELPING MANUFACTURERS: Companies responding to a Polaris MEP survey used red dots to identify their top five business needs. One-third of 152 manufacturing representatives identified managing growth as one of their top priorities. / COURTESY ­POLARIS MEP

Makers look to expand local supply chain

What is made in the Ocean State? Even some manufacturers, who make a living making products, are surprised by the diversity of local suppliers.An...
EXPANDING STRENGTHS: John Caito III, right, president of Desmark Industries and its new division, Amerisewn, which designs, engineers and manufactures complex stitched products, speaks with stitcher Alejandro Batz about the body shields they are manufacturing. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. manufacturer adapts to survive

For U.S. manufacturers, to survive means to adapt.In Rhode Island, known historically for its manufacturing, the trend has forced many businesses to re-create themselves,...
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