Join the Rhode Island Manufacturing Association

Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) – A strong and effective voice for manufacturing in Rhode Island.

We Promote Economic Improvement

  • We offer networking opportunities to our members
  • We promote and support a more competitive business climate.
  • We collaborate with like-minded organizational partners to amplify our cross-industry interests throughout Rhode Island

We Help Solve Problems

  • A clearinghouse of information
  • We can connect you with local, Rhode Island suppliers and potential customers
  • We can elevate your legislative and regulatory concerns to public officials

We Support Education and Workforce Development

  • RIMA‘s partner, We Make RI, develops career education programs to help companies identify and secure talented workers through certified apprentice programs
  • Don’t delay, working together we can make a difference in the manufacturing climate in Rhode Island! Let’s keep the economic engine of Rhode Island moving forward.
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    Manufacturing is of critical strategic importance and yet policy makers have little appreciation for its value and the impact of government policies on the success of every manufacturing enterprise big and small.  We joined RIMA 10 years ago in support of their efforts to educate and inform Rhode Island’s legislators on all things manufacturing.  These policy makers are only beginning to understand the critical contributions manufacturing makes to our economy, our communities and our quality of life.  RIMA has also provided great opportunities for us to meet other manufacturers and smart workshops that provide immediate actionable activities to improve our business.  This is the very first business association any RI manufacturer needs to join and I urge you to join us.

    DAN SHEDD, OWNER & PRESIDENT, TAYLOR BOX COMPANY

    MagSeal has been a long standing member of RIMA and our East Bay business will continue to participate in this highly beneficial association. Additionally, I have personally managed a few other manufacturing organizations across the State with their participation in this worthwhile resource. Therefore based upon my business experience, I can honestly recommend joining without reservation.

    RIMA has provided numerous opportunities for gaining professional connections, meaningful business advice, and directional support along with key value-add services for any type of manufacturer operating within the State. The community duty and responsibility being a manufacturing business is daunting enough while managing alone through the endless challenges that surface daily. The timely and accessible support provided through the 2021 pandemic was dynamic and world class, especially the assistance navigating the State’s political guidance.

    Under RIMA’s current Executive Director, there is an extreme focus on servicing the needs of the “manufacturer” due to Dave’s own lengthy and personal manufacturing experience, his battle-proven family business leadership, and his passionate dedication to helping others succeed. Therefore, if there is any doubt regarding the benefits of a RIMA membership, there’s true value in numbers and RIMA provides that opportunity in every regard for any manufacturer no matter the size within our little Rhody!

    ROBERT (BOB) GARDE JR., PRESIDENT, MAGNETIC SEAL LLC

    “We have found great value in our RIMA membership.  The RIMA organization in general, and its leadership in particular, is well respected across a broad spectrum at the State and Local government level as well as by a host of large, medium and small manufacturing companies in the state.  Being part of RIMA has provided us an opportunity to hear the thoughts of other business leaders within the Rhode Island community, which has provided valuable insight on a host of common issues.  For Toray, our membership has been money well spent!”

    MIKE BRANDMEIER, PRESIDENT & CEO, TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.

    “As previous manufacturers of precision metal components, Banneker Industries has deep ties to the Rhode Island and New England manufacturing industrial base. Since transitioning from manufacturing to warehousing, distribution, integrated logistics and supply chain management services in the mid-1990’s, our role in the supply chain has changed, but not our manufacturing customers and our commitment to the industry. RIMA is an important organization to make sure we stay connected to our roots and to our customers, while making sure we can give back our time, talents and resources to supporting our fellow companies.”

    JUNIOR JABBIE, PRESIDENT & CEO OF CORPORATE OPERATIONS AT BANNEKER INDUSTRIES, INC.

    “DiSanto, Priest & Co. is a regional full service accounting firm that was purpose built to service privately held business in 4 chosen industries, one of which is Manufacturing and Distribution. As a firm, we decided long ago that to be the most relevant advisor to our clients we needed to know their industry and any related industry issues or challenges they were dealing with, such that we, as advisors, could help our clients most appropriately address these challenges. Additionally, as advisors, it is important to our firm’s professionals to be partners with our clients in the trade associations representing their industry, and the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) is the strongest and most powerful organization representing manufacturers on all levels in the state.”

    MIKE MELLOR, CPA , PARTNER AT DISANTO, PRIEST & CO

    “Although I was a member of other organizations such as chambers, I felt that joining a group of other companies in the same sector (manufacturing) I am in would be beneficial and it has not disappointed me yet. You can’t just join and expect to get benefits, you need to participate and meet other manufacturers to gain the full benefit.”

    BOB NANGLE , OWNER OF MERIDIAN PRINTING

    “Manufacturing is the life blood of our economy and RIMA is the go-to organization for results in Rhode Island. I decided to support RIMA to do my part to ensure manufacturing has a voice in our legislature and communities. I also found that RIMA is a great place to network and we have found critical local suppliers and solutions to issues by just talking to other members.”

    JACK BIDDICK , VP AND GM AT THE ALLIED GROUP

    “RIMA serves a critical role in ensuring the issues of importance to manufacturers remain at the forefront of our public discourse. From workforce development, to energy costs, to regulatory reform and the myriad of issues that impact our ability to compete for new business, RIMA is the leading voice for our sector in Rhode Island.”

    CHRIS LANEN , GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AT RAYTHEON

    “I joined to meet and hear other manufacturers, what problems they have and how they are addressing them. I joined because I was not political, but yet was handing over my money and that of my employees thru taxes and thought I should have a say in where this state should be heading to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.”