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NEW DESIGN: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the National Guard. From left, Scott Noh, product design; Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile specialist. In the background is David Baker, director of engineering. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup shake-up: Entrepreneurs scramble to revamp business plans

Like many college seniors, biomedical student Abbie Kohler and engineering student Greg Fine were disheartened to have their final semester suddenly cut short and...

CCRI, jobs groups collaborate on marine trades and composites training program

PROVIDENCE – The Community College of Rhode Island will offer a free Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program on Jan. 27. The program will...
THE BRICKLE GROUP has announced that it has received more than $84 million in DOD contracts over the last eight months.

Brickle Group lands big government contracts

WOONSOCKET – The Brickle Group announced more than $84 million in Defense Logistics Agency contracts have been awarded to its subsidiary Northwest Woolen Mill...

CCRI offering free marine trades and composites pre-apprenticeship program

PROVIDENCE – The Community College of Rhode Island, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, Real Jobs Rhode Island and R.I. Department...
BRAINSTORMING: New England Medical Innovation Center founders and managing partners Aidan Petrie, left, and Lydia Shin Schroter, second from left, lead a brainstorming session with staff members Danielle Sturm, second from right, marketing and communications manager, and Maey Petrie, program coordinator, at the organization’s Providence office.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I.’s medtech innovators get much-needed support

Fresh ideas are at the core of the medical-technology industry, but as Aidan Petrie saw during his tenure as chief innovation officer at Providence-based...
Thanks to digital imaging, more work for construction projects can be done in house. In this case Arden Building pipefitter/welder Andy Guimond can weld and grind 30 of the 40 connections needed for this pipe at the company’s Pawtucket facility before taking the piece to the building site. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

As more construction jobs open, finding workers continues to be difficult

Still wanted: Quality-control personnel, estimators, project managers, welders and many others for construction companies in Rhode Island. There are simply not enough people to go...

Five Questions With: Cody J. Fino

The Community College of Rhode Island, in collaboration with the Westerly Education Center, Real Jobs Rhode Island and the R.I. Department of Labor and...
UPDATING THE PATH A new collaboration between the Westerly Education Center, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and businesses across the state, with support from the Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, is training the next generation of process technicians and chemical operators, positions needed in the brewing, medical research and consumer products industries, among others. The program requires a high school diploma or GED to begin, takes eight weeks of both classroom learning and hands-on training, 
and is free. Here, Clarke Richmond makes circuits to control fluids at the WEC. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD


Paths to manufacturing jobs grow

Perhaps it was an extraordinary run as a major manufacturer in a number of industries, one that kept the state looking backward instead of...

Building the workforce

Has your company’s workforce increased over the last five years? Yes: 87.5% No: 12.5% What programs does your company use to find potential workers? (Select multiple) Other: 75% Local...

SEG announces new Health & Wellness Accelerator cohort

PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse named a new cohort of 12 social ventures from Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the organization’s Health and Wellness...

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