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LOOKING FOR IMMUNITY: David Chenevert, executive director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, says employers should be protected from COVID-19-related lawsuits if they’re following guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. companies push for COVID-19 liability protection

If an employee gets sick with the novel coronavirus, should they be allowed to file a worker’s compensation claim or a lawsuit against their...
ALL LINED UP: Josh Baron, secondary ops print operator at Hitachi Cable America Inc. – High Performance Medical Solutions Division, prints peripherally inserted central catheters at the Hopkinton facility. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Hitachi Cable America Inc. ‘leaning’ on positive returns

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Lean Manufacturing: Hitachi Cable America Inc.-High Performance Medical Solutions Division CHANGE IS RARELY EASY. But less than a year after...
INSPECTION: 
Renaud Megard, CEO and president of NFI Corp. in New Bedford, inspects a face shield with Jennifer Bodnar, who works in the finishing department. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pandemic highlights hazards of offshoring for manufacturing

Renaud Megard knew he would have to make some key operational changes to his company, NFI Corp., when the coronavirus hit in March. While all...
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...

R.I. Energy Council, RIMA call for suspension of energy-efficiency program

BRISTOL – The Energy Council of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Manufacturing Association are calling on the General Assembly to suspend the Energy...
Clare King / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Five Questions With: Clare King

Clare King | President, Propel LLC 1. How has Propel, a Pawtucket-based textile product innovation company, responded to the COVID-19 demand for safety products?...

Masks at work step toward recovery

The news that manufacturer Hope Global had to temporarily shut down its Cumberland facility after several workers tested positive for COVID-19 is a reminder...
MANUFACTURER Hope Global temporarily closed its Cumberland facility after some workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Safeguards in place for factory, construction workers

The manufacturing and construction sectors have been deemed essential and are protected from government closure in Rhode Island during the COVID-19 pandemic, but state,...
HOPING FOR A TURNAROUND: With some suppliers and customers having gone out of business recently, CEO Cheryl Merchant says sales are down at Hope Global, which employs more than 300 in Cumberland. /

Hope Global shuts plant after workers fall ill with COVID-19

CUMBERLAND — Manufacturer Hope Global has temporarily shut down its operations here after several workers fell ill and were later found to have had...
FREE SANITIZER: Liam Maloney, tasting room manager at The Industrious Spirit Co. in Providence, stands at the company’s “drive-up” window, where it is offering people free bottles of hand sanitizer that it makes using the byproduct of its vodka manufacturing. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many local factories transform to meet needs of pandemic fight

Matouk Luxury Linens is known for exquisite bedding, an elegant product aimed at Americans who shop in department stores for towels, sheets and ­pillowcases. That...

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