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READY MODE: Kolby Gomes went through pipefitter training through the partnership program operated by General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Community College of Rhode Island as he prepares to start a career with the submarine builder. 

Class of their own: More employers partnering with local colleges

Although he had some experience working in construction, Kolby Gomes says learning the ins and outs of pipefitting was like studying a foreign language. But...
JOB ­TRAINING: Student Jenn Brown pours a solution into a jacketed reactor at the Westerly Education Center. The work is part of a course on process technology offered by the Community College of Rhode Island. 

State, businesses investing in workforce training

Complaints about too many students coming out of school ill-equipped for today’s workforce are still common here and in other states. But Rhode Island’s...
CLOSE TO 200 people representing the manufacturing sector attended Providence Business News' 2023 Manufacturing Awards ceremony Wednesday at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Pickell, Hazen White honored at PBN’s Manufacturing Awards ceremony

WARWICK – Craig Pickell recalled that there was a period of time when manufacturers were not well-received in Rhode Island. Pickell, the CEO of Lincoln-based...

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...
HONOREES AND HONOREE REPRESENTATIVES pose with their Providence Business News 2023 C-Suite Awards following Thursday's awards event at the Omni Providence Hotel. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN’s C-Suite honorees lauded for addressing challenges, inspiring others

PROVIDENCE – Health care was a passion for Ann M. Kashmanian even before her time at Brown Medicine. Kashmanian, the CEO of the East Providence-based...
INFLUENCER: Helping fellow employees achieve the best they can be is what helps drive Taco Inc. Senior Vice President of Operations Jon Giampietro. 

Giampietro’s positive mindset a net positive for Taco

2023 C-Suite Awards Large Private Company: Jon Giampietro | Taco Inc./Taco Comfort Solutions senior vice president of operations IT IS SAID that there are those who...
ANN M. KASHMANIAN, CEO of Brown Medicine, has been named the 2023 Career Achiever for PBN's C-Suite Awards program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Brown Medicine’s Kashmanian named Career Achiever in PBN’s 2023 C-Suite Awards...

PROVIDENCE – Ann M. Kashmanian, CEO of Brown Medicine, has been named the 2023 Career Achiever for Providence Business News’ annual C-Suite Awards program. Kashmanian,...

Taco eyes new Cranston facility amid global expansion, hiring campaign

CRANSTON – Taco Comfort Solutions is seeking to expand its footprint locally, and internationally, as the company invests $1 million into plans for a...
THIRTEEN HONOREES were recognized Thursday at Providence Business News' 2022 Manufacturing Awards ceremony at the Omni Providence Hotel. / PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Dwight, Waldman, manufacturers honored at PBN’s Manufacturing Awards

PROVIDENCE – Daniel Dwight recalled when he became CEO and president of Pawtucket-based manufacturer Cooley Group in 2011, it was a “high-speed train going...
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.

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...
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