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Langevin bill would fund temporary retention of retiring manufacturing employees to...

PROVIDENCE – Rep. James R. Langevin, D-R.I., introduced a bill to encourage companies to keep retiring employees long enough to train the workers that...

R.I. Society of CPAs to host business forum on international trade

LINCOLN – The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants is slated to host a multi-industry forum on Rhode Island international trade and exports...
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.
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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,...

Uncertainty on trade stalls growth

The trade war between the United States and China has been felt by most Rhode Island manufacturers, though not all in the same way. Many...
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...
WORKFORCE TRAINING: Julian L. Alssid, Community College of Rhode Island’s vice president of workforce partnerships, observes an adult education math class. CCRI introduced workforce training in math several years ago, and is now doing the same for language with its “Spanish for Survivors” pilot course.
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Giving employers the skills to speak with their workers

The diversification of Rhode Island’s workforce has resulted in a frequent challenge for many employers. Workers may know enough English to perform their jobs,...

RIMA, Museum of Work & Culture to kick off Manufacturing Week...

WOONSOCKET – The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and the Museum of Work & Culture will host a kickoff to Manufacturing Week on Oct. 3...

Five Questions With: Meredith Carroll

Information technology solutions company Vertikal6 held a free webinar recently for the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association on penetration testing, and why it’s important for...

Five Questions With: Dave Chenevert

The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association will host its second annual Congressional Manufacturing Summit at the Providence Marriott Downtown on Sept. 23. The registration deadline...
TECH SUPPORT: Terrence Boylan, left, CEO of PacketLogix, specializing in highly responsive information technology support, consulting and managed IT services, works with client Charles Antone, chief operating officer for Building Enclosure Science.
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Automation increases vulnerability to hacks

At a recent Rhode Island Manufacturers Association breakfast, Cooley Group President and CEO Daniel R. Dwight listened as the roughly 500 attendees were asked...
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