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A NEW R.I. COMMERCE secretary is expected to be announced June 27.

New R.I. commerce secretary to be announced June 27

PROVIDENCE – A new state secretary of commerce is expected to be announced by Gov. Daniel J. McKee on June 27, McKee spokesperson Matt...
THE R.I. OFFICE OF INNOVATION closed permanently last June without a public announcement except for a notice on its website. The office was created under Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in 2016. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Change in state leadership led to permanent closure of R.I. Office...

PROVIDENCE — A shift in state leadership hastened the closure of the R.I. Office of Innovation, according to state and former office employees who...

Employee housing proposal on state’s radar for consideration by General Assembly

PROVIDENCE – An employee housing proposal birthed by a local manufacturer has caught the attention of Gov. Daniel J. McKee and Rhode Island’s legislative...

Employee housing proposal sparks thoughts of mill villages

RICHMOND – Warren Fry’s housing situation became a nightmare when a pesky neighbor caused him to move out of his apartment in Westerly where...
COMMITTED TO COLLABORATION: Mary Johnson, left, program manager for Polaris MEP and the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network, speaks with Michael Woody, president of Trans-Tex LLC and RITIN, in 2018. In the background is Tanya Dumrongmanee, Polaris program ­consultant. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Making the sector more resilient

MANUFACTURING The trends in manufacturing over the past decade, including lean processes and increased efficiency, took a back seat in the last two years. Innovation...
Karl Wadensten

Karl Wadensten

Before the pandemic, Karl Wadensten was known as Rhode Island’s king of lean manufacturing. And no one who knows the outspoken CEO and president...

Vaccine-based bonuses for workers raise concerns

PROVIDENCE – As COVID-19 case counts continue to rise, and the state of Rhode Island appears perched to institute a bonus program for union...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...
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...

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