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Concordia Fibers Commingled Hybrid Fiber

THE STORY: Coventry-based Concordia Fibers celebrates its centennial in 2020, but the products it makes today are a far cry from the silk yarn...

Lotuff Triumph Briefcase

THE STORY: Lotuff Leather opened its Providence studio in 2013 in the tradition of the best European ateliers. Every one of the company’s fashion...
FIRST WE WALK 
Telli Quinn ended her nine-month IYRS computer design program by interning at prototype design firm Empire Group in Attleboro, which just offered her an assistant designer position. IYRS uses hands-on projects to understand the connection between design and fabrication. / Courtesy IYRS School of Technology and Trade

Quality jobs can be landed in design across many industries

There is a big demand for young people in the manufacturing sector for sure. But some of those jobs are not about making products,...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Justin Sirotin
OCTO Product Development founder

Justin Sirotin | OCTO Product Development founder Justin Sirotin’s resume shows a large range of industrial design clients, from industrial equipment to sporting goods, pool...
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Q&A: John Sinnott

John Sinnott | Gilbane Building Co. vice president and Rhode Island business unit leader A college intern at Gilbane, John Sinnott took a short detour...
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...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Q&A: Kyle Daniels

Kyle Daniels | Clarke Valve CEO and president Kyle Daniels is the founder, CEO and president of Clarke Valve in North Kingstown. He had three...
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...

Making and building a more robust future for Rhode Island

For PBN subscribers, this week’s issue offers the initial publication of “A guide to Stuff made and built in Rhode Island.” The project was designed...

Rhode Island restarts a manufacturing legacy

Rhode Island has been making things ever since Europeans arrived on the shores of Narragansett Bay. First it was boats, then textiles and finally...
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