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LEGISLATION has been filed in both chambers of the General Assembly that would extend paid family leave from six to 12 weeks, but some business groups have raised concerns. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. business groups worry about effects of extending paid family...

While there is widespread support for bills in the General Assembly that would double the amount of paid family leave offered in Rhode Island...
OFFERING GUIDANCE: Craig Pickell, CEO of Bullard Abrasives Inc., left, works with press operator Ceaser Gomez on a machine at the Lincoln-based manufacturer. 
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Pickell’s vision extends
far beyond his own company

PBN 2023 Manufacturing Awards STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP: Craig Pickell, CEO, Bullard Abrasives Inc. Craig Pickell displays his leadership abilities in more ways than one. First and foremost, Pickell...
PROSPERING TOGETHER: Despite facing many challenges over the years, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Taco Inc. owner and Executive Chairman John Hazen White Jr. finds ways to collaborate with employees and other manufacturers to help the sector thrive. 
COURTESY TACO INC.

Taco’s Hazen White puts people first

PBN 2023 Manufacturing Awards MANUFACTURING CHAMPION: John Hazen White Jr., Owner and Executive Chairman, Taco Inc. LEADERSHIP LOOKS DIFFERENT to everyone. For John Hazen White Jr.,...
NINE BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS across Rhode Island have formed the Rhode Island Businesses for Better Education coalition to support better education outcomes and address major issues, including student achievement gaps.

What more can the business community do to help improve the...

A coalition of Rhode Island business groups on Nov. 2 announced a new alliance focused on improving education and student achievement across the state. The...
NINE BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS across Rhode Island have formed the Rhode Island Businesses for Better Education coalition to support better education outcomes and address major issues, including student achievement gaps.

R.I. business groups form alliance to support education

PROVIDENCE – A collection of prominent groups representing hundreds of businesses across Rhode Island on Thursday formed a new alliance to support better education...

Report: R.I. leaders should tailor Investment Tax Credit to manufacturing

PROVIDENCE – A new state report on Rhode Island’s Investment Tax Credit shows that between 2019 and 2021 the program did not break even...

Employee benefits program launching for RIMA, RITA members

PROVIDENCE – For years Melissa Travis says rising costs have made it difficult for employers she’s worked with across Rhode Island to provide their...

Pickell, Hazen White among 10 honorees for PBN’s 2023 Manufacturing Awards

PROVIDENCE – Craig Pickell, CEO of Lincoln-based abrasive products manufacturer Bullard Abrasives Inc., has been named the 2023 Strategic Leadership Award winner for Providence...
Matt Watson / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Matt Watson

Matt Watson | Director, Polaris MEP 1. How does the manufacturing economy in New York compare with Rhode Island? What ideas do you plan...
Craig Pickell

Pickell named 2023 R.I. Small Business Person of the Year

CRAIG PICKELL, CEO and president of Lincoln-based abrasive manufacturer and supplier Bullard Abrasives Inc., was named the 2023 Rhode Island Small Business Person of...
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