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STEADY GROWTH: Cole DeSanty, right, director of client development for The Hire LLC, speaks with his colleagues, from left, CEO Tyler Wentworth; Bryan Soderberg, manager of candidate success; and Chief Operating Officer Erin Pavane. The Providence job placement firm has seen steady revenue growth since offering unlimited PTO from its inception in 2017. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

THE ULTIMATE PERK: More companies consider offering unlimited vacation time. Others...

When Erin Pavane landed a job at a tech startup in Massachusetts eight years ago, she was shocked about one of the perks: Pavane...
TRAILBLAZER: Karl Wadensten, CEO and president of VIBCO Inc. in Richmond, was one of the first to create the blueprints for how to safely operate a manufacturing facility during COVID-19 and conduct employee and visitor screening. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Rhode Island businesses suffering workforce attendance issue

PROVIDENCE – A group of Rhode Island business leaders recently held an impromptu meeting and the main topic of discussion was how a lack...
RHODE ISLAND companies in sectors that include retail, hospitality and nursing homes say they are concerned that implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate could make it difficult to recruit and retain workers. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

Many companies say they can’t afford to enact vaccine mandate

Rhode Island companies in sectors spanning retail, hospitality and even nursing homes say they worry that implementing a strict employee COVID-19 vaccine requirement could...
PRODUCT TEST: Amanda Jamieson, left, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, holds plaque assays of GC Ink, a graphene ink developed by Graphene Composites USA Inc. that is believed to kill viruses when applied to surfaces. Brown researchers, including Delia Demers, center, and Meredith Crane, are testing the product thanks to a grant GC received from the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Innovation Voucher Program. / COURTESY GREG SERPA

Where is Commerce headed? McKee may give R.I. agency new direction...

Amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic last June, Daniel J. McKee appeared frustrated. McKee, then Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, took the unusual step of...
STUART BENTON, left, CEO and president of Bradford Soap Works Inc., was presented Wednesday with the Strategic Leadership Award during Providence Business News' 2021 Manufacturing Awards program. At right, VIBCO Inc. CEO and President Karl Wadensten was named the 2021 Manufacturing Champion. / PBN PHOTOS / RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN Manufacturing Awards: Bradford Soap’s Benton, VIBCO’s Wadensten among industry forces...

PROVIDENCE – On a day-to-day basis at Bradford Soap Works Inc., Stuart Benton, the CEO and president of the West Warwick-based soap manufacturer, tries...
TRAILBLAZER: Karl Wadensten, CEO and president of VIBCO Inc. in Richmond, was one of the first to create the blueprints for how to safely operate a manufacturing facility during COVID-19 and conduct employee and visitor screening. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Wadensten gives helping hand to companies, communities in fight against COVID-19

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Manufacturing Champion: Karl Wadensten, CEO and president, VIBCO Inc. VIBCO Inc. CEO and President Karl Wadensten is a well-known name throughout...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS has announced 15 honorees for its 2021 Manufacturing Awards program.

Bradford Soap’s Benton among 15 honorees for PBN’s 2021 Manufacturing Awards

PROVIDENCE – Bradford Soap Works Inc. CEO and President Stuart Benton has been honored in the Strategic Leadership category in Providence Business News’ 2021...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS honored is 2020 25 Leaders & Achievers in a virtual ceremony Aug. 20.

25 business leaders honored as PBN’s 2020 Leaders & Achievers

PROVIDENCE – Twenty-five local business leaders were honored on Aug. 20 by Providence Business News for their career achievements as part of the publication’s...
BEING HUMBLE: VIBCO Inc. CEO and President Karl Wadensten views humility as the single-most important characteristic of a leader. 
COURTESY KARL WADENSTEN

Karl Wadensten, CEO and president, VIBCO Inc.

PBN 2020 Leaders & Achievers Awards Karl Wadensten | CEO and president, VIBCO Inc. KARL WADENSTEN, VIBCO Inc.’s CEO and president, doesn’t hesitate when asked to...

PBN announces 2020 25 Leaders & Achievers honorees

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News has announced its winners for its second annual 25 Leaders & Achievers Awards program honoring local business leaders. The individuals...

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