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HANDS-ON ASSEMBLY: Taco Inc. machine operators Latsamy Saysana, foreground, and Boumsavanh Le work at the company’s Cranston facility. Taco manufactures a variety of items, including air and dirt separators, circulatory pumps, thermostats and many heating- and pumping-based products.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Flexible workers, adaptability keep products churning out at Taco

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 OVERALL EXCELLENCE AT AN ENTERPRISE MANUFACTURER: Taco Inc. The last thing many people think about when they go on vacation is their hot-water...
IMPACTFUL LEADER: Since Cheryl Merchant joined Taco Comfort Solutions in 2019 as CEO, the heating, cooling, plumbing and irrigation systems manufacturer in Cranston has seen a 20% jump in revenue. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Merchant plays integral role in moving manufacturing forward in R.I.

Business Women Awards 2022 Career Achiever Cheryl Merchant, Taco Comfort Solutions While growing up on her family’s Michigan farm, Cheryl Merchant learned firsthand the value of...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS AWARDS announced Friday 30 honorees for its 2022 Business Women Awards program.

Taco’s Merchant among 30 honorees for PBN’s Business Women Awards program

PROVIDENCE – Cheryl Merchant, CEO of Taco Comfort Solutions, has been selected by Providence Business News as this year’s Career Achievement winner among local...

Taylor Box, Taco to be honored at R.I. Manufacturers Association awards...

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association will host its annual awards dinner at the Graduate Providence hotel on Feb. 15. Taylor Box Co. and...
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John Hazen White Jr.

The phrase “keeping it in the family” has a special meaning to John Hazen White Jr., executive chairman of the board and owner of...
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.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

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,...

Taco Comfort Solutions 0018e App-connected Circulator

THE STORY: As Taco Comfort Solutions approaches its centennial in 2020, the division of The Taco Family of Cos. looks to grow through acquisitions...
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...
STRETCH BREAK: Cranston manufacturer Taco Comfort Solutions hasn’t had any severe injuries in recent years, according to Occupational Health and Safety Administration statistics for severe injuries in Rhode Island workplaces. Circulator assembler Joe Branca, left, leads the residential division in performing stretches every two hours, which has reduced minor injuries and muscular-skeletal complaints.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

How safe is your workplace?

In March 2018, an employee of SMM New England Corp., doing business as Sims Metal Management in Providence, was erecting a sign in the...
CONFIDENCE WANING? Matt Fair, center, of Hayes & ­Sherry Real Estate Services, listens with colleagues during PBN’s first Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Panelists said perennial concerns such as rising health care costs and uncertainty about changing federal policies are dampening optimism about an otherwise strong economy.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Optimism tempered by uncertainty

Rhode Island’s economy is doing well, but a handful of perennial bugaboos, along with actions at the federal level, have dampened the business community’s...
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