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SUSTAINABLE SHIFT: Dane Sheldon is the director of business development for AquasGroup in East Providence, which began by designing wastewater management systems for use by other manufacturers, and while it still makes these systems, the company has become more focused on developing water purification, recycling, recovery and storage systems.
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Meet the Makers: AquasGroup helps other manufacturers clean up their acts

It’s a doctor’s job to safely insert medical devices into patients and before they reach the operating room, it’s AquasGroup’s job to help ensure...

6 local companies earn top scores on 2023 Disability Equality Index

PROVIDENCE – Six local companies, including three based in Rhode Island, all earned perfect scores on the 2023 Disability Equality Index administered jointly by...

‘Sutton Place,’ former Federal Hill funeral home, slated for apartments

PROVIDENCE – A former funeral home in the Federal Hill area of Providence that was most recently used as offices, including one for Demco...

Unemployment scams adding up in R.I.

Scam unemployment claims continue to cost Rhode Island, with more than $70.5 million in fraudulent payouts racked up since the start of the COVID-19...
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND researchers, along with colleagues from the University of Maine, received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the effectiveness of floating offshore wind turbines. / COURTESY ORSTED U.S. OFFSHORE WIND

URI, UMaine researchers receive $1.2M grant to study floating offshore wind...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Engineers at the University of Rhode Island, along with colleagues from the University of Maine, have been awarded a $1.2 million...

Lawyers only constant in ever-evolving General Assembly

Farmers were a powerful voting bloc in Rhode Island in the early days of statehood and ruled the General Assembly. That’s because the structure of...

R.I. launching $45M ‘back to work’ program

PROVIDENCE – The state will use $45 million of its federal stimulus funds to create a workforce development initiative to provide training and coaching...
EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES: ­Dennis McLaughlin, CEO and president of engineering and information technology company Rite-Solutions Inc. in Middletown, says employing veterans gives the company a leg up when bidding on military contracts. McLaughlin is a Navy veteran. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Vets provide upper hand for some defense firms

The veteran-owned Rite-Solutions Inc. isn’t really a small company. The Middletown-based engineering and information technology company has about 220 employees. But as a defense contractor,...
RAYTHEON and United Technologies announced plans to merge over the weekend. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ALASTAIR MILLER

CEO-to-CEO call paved way for United Technologies/Raytheon blockbuster

NEW YORK – When Greg Hayes took the reins at United Technologies Corp. in late 2014, the newly minted CEO said he would pursue...
TECH INCUBATOR: Innovate Newport Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tuni Schartner gives a tour of the former Sheffield School on Broadway in Newport, which will serve as the location of Innovate Newport. The business incubator will house small companies, startups and entrepreneurs in the fields of marine and environmental technology, cybersecurity and renewable energy.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Can a new business incubator keep a bigger slice of Navy...

For years, community leaders in Newport have watched as the nearby Naval ­Undersea Warfare Center has farmed out billions of dollars in contracts to...
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