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Polaris MEP names New York manufacturing leader as new director

PROVIDENCE – A former New York manufacturing and technology executive will lead manufacturing nonprofit Polaris MEP, the organization announced on Monday. Matt Watson, former senior...

Five Questions With: Wendy Mackie

Wendy Mackie is no stranger to the Rhode Island manufacturing scene – she previously led the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association as CEO, helped launch the Composites Alliance of...

Former Polaris MEP leader Mahoney to head MassMEP

AUBURN, Mass. – Kathie Mahoney, former center director of Polaris MEP, will remain nearby the Rhode Island manufacturing sphere following her departure from the...

Mackie named interim president of Polaris MEP advisory board

PROVIDENCE – Polaris MEP has appointed Wendy Mackie, a longtime blue economy and workforce development leader in Rhode Island, as interim president of its...
PIPE FITTER: Michael Stuba trains to become a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat through a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Boost for school construction, job training

The Ocean State had its eyes on the public school system this past year, as two statewide ballot requests for funding, not to mention...
SKIFF WORK: Kirk Cusic, green shirt, executive director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, works with students on a traditional Westport skiff, as part of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program.  / COURTESY RIMTA/BILLY BLACK

RIMTA using youth boatbuilding program to combat ‘graying’ workforce

A major concern for Rhode Island Marine Trades Association CEO Wendy Mackie is the large number of Ocean State marine-trades and composite-manufacturing workers retiring...
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