Business & Events

6
Sep

First Card Company is now First Card Packaging

New vision, more services and products, same commitment

East Providence, Rhode Island – September 6, 2017 – First Card Company, a family owned and operated packaging manufacturer located in East Providence, Rhode Island, announced today that it will now serve its customers as First Card Packaging. 

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10
Aug

Rhode Island Manufacturing Leader Named to NIST MEP Advisory Board

Hope Global’s Leslie Taito Joins National Team Providing Guidance to Help Small Manufacturers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Leslie Taito, Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations for Hope Global in Cumberland, RI, has been named to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Advisory Board (www.nist.gov/mep). The NIST MEP Advisory Board is a national board that is legislatively mandated and established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

MEP is a public-private partnership with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Last year, MEP centers interacted with 25,445 manufacturers leading to $9.3 billion in new and retained sales, $1.4 billion in cost savings, $3.5 billion in new client investments, and the creation and retention of more than 86,602 jobs.

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7
Aug

Panel Discussing Federal Funding to Benefit Rhode Island Manufacturers Convened

Congressional Delegation and Local Manufacturers Discuss the Tangible Benefits to the MEP Program

PROVIDENCE, RI – At a panel discussion hosted by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative David Cicilline, representatives from three Rhode Island manufacturers discussed how Polaris MEP, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership for Rhode Island, has impacted small manufacturing in Rhode Island.

The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator, convened the panel on August 7. The Senate’s new budget provides $130 million in funding for the Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP), nationwide. Read more

4
Apr

Out like a Lion

Well that was pretty incredible…  We’ve had some busy months since I started at Polaris MEP nearly 3 years ago, but nothing like March 2017!

Sure, September of 2015 was packed with the launch of the Rocket Program, our first All Access Bus Tour of Westrock and Spectrum Thermal, and one or two workshops, but March 2017 takes the cake!

Along with RIMA and Buy Local RI , and made possible by Commerce RI, we were able to pull off one of the largest (yet) RI Manufacturing focused trade shows. Thanks in part to a connection with RIPTAC’s DOD Matchmaker event, we hadover 400 attendees from over 250 companies from 15 states. 

We are excited to publish the information that we collected from the data request board so keep an eye out for that soon. Read more

20
Mar

Ted Nesi Interviews Polaris MEP’s Christian Cowan and Mearthane Product Corporation’s Peter Kaczmarek

Christian Cowan, center director of Polaris MEP joined Peter Kaczmarek, president and COO of Mearthane Products Corp. (MPC) of Cranston for a recent interview on Executive Suite with Ted Nesi. The three spoke about MPC’s innovative products, upcoming events (the RIMFGB2B as well as the state of manufacturing in Rhode Island in 2017.

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24
Feb

NBC 10’s Frank Coletta Interview’s Polaris MEP

Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) Center Director, Christian Cowan, was interviewed by NBC 10’s Frank Coletta about the new programs and events focused on Rhode Island Manufacturing.

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15
Feb

Call for Exhibitors – 2017 Rhode Island Robot Block Party

 Is your company on the forefront of automation with robots? Or do you manufacture robots? The Rhode Island Robot Block Party, a free community event, is accepting applications to exhibit at the Sunday, April 30, 2017 expo at the Pizzitola Center at Brown University. Read more

14
Feb

Guest Speaker’s Wanted – URI Office of Veteran’s Affairs

Our friends at the URI Business Engagement Center made us aware of an opportunity for Rhode Island manufacturers.  The University of Rhode Island Office of Veteran’s Affairs is seeking guest speakers from the New England manufacturing community to help their student veteran population in their transition from active duty to the civilian academic community. Read more

10
Feb

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

By Ken Voytek

Every January, I take some time to look at what our MEP clients are saying about the future and the challenges they face. It’s usually part of my New Year’s resolution to rack up the responses. I’ve been writing this basic story for eight years. Especially this year, it’s useful to take the time to step back and consider what is happening with our manufacturing clients and their businesses. This exercise provides a look into the minds of some of the CEOs who run the over 200,000 small manufacturers across the U.S. and provides important market intelligence to guide future MEP activity. Read more

9
Dec

Small Business Education Program with Staggering Results – Apply Now

gs1000sbGoldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at CCRI is a no-cost 12-week program that helps small businesses grow through a practical business education, access to capital, and a support network of advisers and peers.

Over 7,000 small business owners have participated nationwide and in the U.K., and the program continues to expand. The Rhode Island program launched in March 2016 and is hosted at the Community College of Rhode Island.

With a 99% graduation rate, business owner participants are translating the knowledge they gain from the program into increased revenue and job growth — within just six months of graduating, 64% of participants have increased their revenues, and 45% have created new jobs.

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