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RIMA’s Annual Breakfast & Meeting 2018 to be Held at Twin...

The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA), an organization dedicated to connecting Rhode Island manufacturers with the resources needed to compete and grow, is hosting...
RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS are objecting to several of the proposed rules for a new sick leave law which is currently in the rule-making process overseen by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The DLT is accepting comments through April 8.

Employer groups criticize R.I. sick leave rules

PROVIDENCE -- Rhode Island business associations are objecting to several of the proposed rules for a new sick leave law scheduled to take effect...
IN THE CLASSROOM: Steven H. Kitchin, left, New England Institute of Technology vice president for corporate education and training, speaks with Kaleb Buffum, a student in the Shipbuilding Advanced Manufacturing Institute program, while instructor Wayne Farmer looks on at the facility on Post Road in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Healthy R.I. manufacturing industry driven by military defense, textiles

Since his start as Polaris MEP center director four years ago, Christian Cowan has watched the state’s manufacturing industry blossom. So much so, he...
THE RHODE ISLAND Manufacturers Association is hosting an event on Feb. 20 at the Providence Marriott Downtown in Providence to discuss tax reform and how manufacturers can help their businesses through research and development credits.

RIMA to hold tax reform event

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association is hosting a tax reform event on Feb. 20 in Providence. The event is called Tax Reform and...
ADVANCED EQUIPMENT: Dave Zawacki, left, engineer, and Misha Pierre-Mike, sales and marketing manager, at Evans Capacitor Co. in East Providence. They are examining some of their advanced material-processing equipment that uses extreme temperature and pressure to form high-reliability capacitor parts.  / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Robots don’t take jobs, but turn manufacturers into educators

For years, we’ve heard about the shortage of labor in advanced manufacturing, with technological skills now the must-have labor asset for any company that...
RHODE ISLAND MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION will honor Henry D. Sharpe Jr. with a lifetime achievement award.

Sharpe to win RIMA’s inaugural lifetime achievement award

EAST PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Manufacturers Association will host its first-ever Samuel Slater Lifetime Achievement Award dinner on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at...
SKIFF WORK: Kirk Cusic, green shirt, executive director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, works with students on a traditional Westport skiff, as part of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program.  / COURTESY RIMTA/BILLY BLACK

RIMTA using youth boatbuilding program to combat ‘graying’ workforce

A major concern for Rhode Island Marine Trades Association CEO Wendy Mackie is the large number of Ocean State marine-trades and composite-manufacturing workers retiring...
THE RHODE ISLAND Manufacturers Association’s inaugural Health Care Summit will update employers on Affordable Care Act changes and introduce them to Dr. Marie L. Ganim, the state’s new health insurance commissioner.

RIMA Health Care Summit to update employers on ACA changes

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association’s inaugural Health Care Summit, at the Providence Marriott on Thursday, Sept. 14, will update employers on Affordable...
NEW DIRECTOR: Dave Chenevert, Rhode Island Manufacturers Association executive director, speaks with Barbara Jackson, executive director of WeMakeRI, in his office. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Dave Chenevert

1. What is your professional background in manufacturing? I owned my own company for 31 years. Swissline Precision Mfg. Inc. was an advanced-manufacturing company...
DR. KATHLEEN HITTNER, R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner, promised she would investigate a waiver option from the federal government that would allow sole-proprietor businesses to purchase health insurance on the small group market, something that is now disallowed under the Affordable Care Act. /PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Small-business owners want ‘bold action’ to address rising health care costs

CRANSTON – Dr. Kathleen Hittner, R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner, and the Health Insurance Advisory Council recently heard from several small-business owners who expressed a...

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