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RIMA talk to focus on certifications for lean, ISO and...

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Manufacturers Association will host a discussion on lean, ISO and Six Sigma continuous-improvement practices and their value on April 17...
IN SESSION: CEO and President Karl Wadensten, right, leads a meeting of employees at VIBCO.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

VIBCO spurs its employees to stretch their limits

VIBCO Inc. Workforce Development & Productivity | 2019 Manufacturing AwardsThere aren’t too many companies that can claim their products have been to the moon,...

From disengaged to strength leader

The effort to tap into workers’ intrinsic strengths is taking root across Rhode Island, fueled by training and tours offered through Leadership Rhode Island.The...
Lee Harrison
AGE: 26
COMPANY: VIBCO Vibrators
JOB TITLE: Lead assembler
EDUCATION: High school, some college / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Rejecting digital tools, he works with his hands and finds satisfaction

Lee Harrison | Age: 26 | Company: VIBCO Vibrators | Job title: Lead assembler | Education: High school, some collegeAt age 26, Lee Harrison thinks...
CONCERNED: Dave Waldeck, left, fabrication supervisor at VIBCO Vibrators in Richmond, speaks with CEO Karl Wadensten. VIBCO uses aluminum and steel in about 75 percent of its products and is scrambling to find enough supply and to find an agreeable price for future shipments. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

VIBCO wary of tariffs on steel, aluminum

In theory, manufacturers in Rhode Island who primarily use American-made steel shouldn’t be penalized for the placement of new tariffs on imported steel and...
IT’S A LOCAL STORY: Higher minimum wages do not seem to have hurt New ­England excessively – three states have among the lowest 10 jobless rates in the nation. And Massachusetts, with the third-highest minimum wage in the nation, comes in at No. 17 for lowest jobless rate in the nation. No one ever said New England followed all the national trends.

Higher minimum wage correlates slightly with higher unemployment

One of the primary arguments against raising the minimum wage is that employment will drop, especially among young, entry-level workers.A cursory look at the...

Is transparency bad for tourism?

Trudy Coxe, CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Preservation ­Society of Newport County, sees a problem with a lack of transparency in the state’s...

R.I. pitched as ‘Fun-Sized’

“Marketing is not a logo, it is not a brand,” said R.I. Commerce Corp. Chief Marketing Officer Lara Salamano, discussing the agency’s decidedly low-key...
INNOVATIVE ­DESIGN: University of Rhode Island engineering students designed a new scoliosis brace and printed a 1/25-scale model prototype on a 3-D printer. From left, Gabriella Divine, a fifth-year mechanical-engineering and Spanish major from East Greenwich; Chris Viveiros, a mechanical-engineering senior from Attleboro; URI professor Bahram Nassersharif; Dan Cross, a mechanical-engineering senior from Northborough, Mass.; and Thomas Brey, a mechanical-engineering senior from Manville, N.Y. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

URI engineering students design new scoliosis back brace

The most common daily brace worn for scoliosis, the Boston brace, was created in the 1970s and remains a go-to solution for physicians treating...
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