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PRECISE CUTS: Bert Lima, shop supervisor at The Beck Cos., operates the robotic saw jet from BACA Systems. It allows precise cuts and details in the stone countertops and pieces that Beck manufactures.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Robots seen complementing, not replacing, workers

Manufacturers in Rhode Island who are looking for greater efficiency and productivity are turning to automated machines and programmable robots, but the technology creates...
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...
TRACEY BECK is a co-owner of The Beck Cos. in North Smithfield. / COURTESY TRACEY BECK

Five Questions With: Tracey Beck

Being a midsized, longstanding family business doesn’t mean a company isn’t forward thinking. A perfect example of this is at The Beck Cos. in...
THE BECK COS. of North Smithfield has acquired Cranston’s Great American Recreation Equipment Inc., logo above, which manufactures pool tables and other game tables.

Beck Cos. acquires Great American Recreation

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The Beck Cos., which manufactures custom counters, cabinets and closet-organization systems, acquired Cranston’s Great American Recreation Equipment Inc. last month, co-owner...

The state has handed out millions of dollars in incentives to...

Government incentives tied to job creation or real estate development are intended to keep businesses in Rhode Island, attract new employers and spur economic...
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