Capital Hill – January 2020

Whitehouse introduced the American Business Tariff Relief Act last year to address concerns raised by Rhode Island businesses regarding the process for companies to apply for exclusions from increased tariffs.  The legislation would require the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce to establish a process under which U.S. businesses can request exclusions from increased tariffs [...]

2020-01-08T15:05:31+00:00January 7th, 2020|

NAM – January 2020

Manufacturing employment jumped by 54,000 workers in November, bouncing back from the loss of 43,000 employees in October. Much of that volatility stemmed from the effects of the auto strike, with motor vehicles and parts employment up 41,300 in November, rebounding from a similar loss in the prior report. There were 12,865,000 manufacturing workers in [...]

2020-01-08T15:03:15+00:00January 6th, 2020|

NAM – December 2019

Economists are divided on whether the current hiring slowdown is a problem of supply or demand—are businesses having trouble finding enough workers, or do they simply need less of them? The Wall Street Journal’s recent survey (subscription) showed a nearly even split, though the edge went to those on the supply side. More: “In The Wall Street [...]

2019-12-05T19:37:25+00:00December 5th, 2019|

GD&T Training with RIMA

RIMA will be offering eight-week GD&T Training starting on or about January 7th, 2020.  The class will be led by Gene Berthiaume, Manufacturing Advisor with RIMA who has taught this class for the past 25 years to more than 300 students.  As in the past, the cost will be shared evenly between state training grants [...]

2019-11-25T17:35:29+00:00November 25th, 2019|

Vertikal6 Honored with PBN’s 2019 Business Excellence Award

Vertikal6 are honored to be selected to receive the 2019 Providence Business News Business Excellence Award in the Small Business Category. This premier business awards event recognizes leadership and general excellence at private and public companies as well as non-profit organizations.  "We are so humbled to be named the "best of the best" in the [...]

2019-11-25T15:46:39+00:00November 25th, 2019|

Hexagon and University of Rhode Island form collaborative partnership for advanced manufacturing

PRESS RELEASE Press Contact: Belinda Jones, HiTech Marketing llc, Tel: 860-399-1147, belinda.jones@hitechmarketing.comMarketing Contact: Bridget Benedetti, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Tel: 401-886-2112, Bridget.Benedetti@hexagon.comLink to press release: https://www.hexagonmi.com/en-US/about-us/news/media-releases/2019/november-2019/hexagon-and-university-of-rhode-island-form-collaborative-partnership-for-advanced-manufacturing Hexagon and University of Rhode Island form collaborative partnership for advanced manufacturing New generation of URI engineering students will be prepared for data-powered Smart Manufacturing  North Kingstown, RI – November 13, 2019 – [...]

2019-11-20T19:51:27+00:00November 20th, 2019|

News From DC – December 2019

11/06/19 No. 257 - Time to Wake Up: Colorado.  Watch it here.  10/30/19 Time to Wake Up: Marathon Petroleum.  Watch it here Senator Sheldon Whitehouse questioned Sean O’Donnell, nominee to be Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency, during the Senate EPW Committee nominations hearing. 10/29/19 Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Brian Schatz (D-HI) led a hearing of Senate Democrats’ [...]

2019-11-20T18:53:00+00:00November 20th, 2019|

Langevin bill would fund temporary retention of retiring manufacturing employees to train others

Originally published on https://pbn.com/langevin-bill-would-fund-temporary-retention-of-retiring-manufacturing-employees-to-train-others/ REP. JAMES R. LANGEVIN has introduced the Retain Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence Act to fund companies keeping retiring employees long enough to train the workers that will replace them. / COURTESY OFFICE OF JAMES R. LANGEVIN PROVIDENCE – Rep. James R. Langevin, D-R.I., introduced a bill to encourage companies to keep [...]

2019-11-20T18:45:48+00:00November 20th, 2019|

McKee Launches Volunteer Economic-Ambassadors Program

Published originally at https://pbn.com/mckee-launches-volunteer-economic-ambassadors-program LT. GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE announces the launch of the International Economic Ambassadors         Initiative Tuesday. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced the launch of the International Economic Ambassadors Initiative Tuesday. The program will recruit volunteer Rhode Islanders who frequently travel outside of [...]

2019-11-20T18:34:55+00:00November 20th, 2019|

Retraining Older Workers

Published originally by nam.org The manufacturing industry, along with many others, will need a whole host of workers to handle new technologies in the 20th century . . . but those workers are in short supply. One option is to “reskill” existing workers, including older workers who have spent years or decades on outdated systems. [...]

2019-11-13T17:48:38+00:00November 13th, 2019|
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