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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14
Nov

U.S. Senator Jack Reed and RI Governor Gina Raimondo Visit to Providence Manufacturer Goodwin-Bradley highlights potential for growth

gb-gov-sen-111416The event focused on Goodwin-Bradley’s support from the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge – part of a $2.9 Million Federal Grant supporting manufacturing innovation in RI

November 14, 2016 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed and RI Governor Gina Raimondo visited Goodwin-Bradley, a Providence manufacturer who has received a Strategic Assessment award through the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, a program of Polaris MEP and part of a comprehensive program funded by a $2.9 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to RI Commerce Corporation. Read more

2
Nov

Polaris MEP Announces 2nd Round of Applications Open for Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

November 2, 2016 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership), a division of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, announces today the second round of applications are open for the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, a competitive opportunity for RI manufacturers supplying the defense industry to access over $1 million of available funding, expertise and hands-on design and product development talent. Awards are currently available to qualifying RI manufacturers with a defense focus. Applications can be found at www.polarismep.org/challenge. Deadline is November 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm. Read more

4
Aug

Polaris MEP Awards 32 RI Manufacturers through Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

Upwards of $700,000 Awarded in Expertise and Hands-On Talent

August 4, 2016 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership), a division of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, announces today the recipients of the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge Level 1 and Level 2 awards. The Manufacturing Innovation Challenge is a competitive opportunity for RI manufacturers to access expertise and hands-on design and product development talent to stimulate business growth, innovation and strategic advancement. It is the state’s most significant investment in Rhode Island’s manufacturing sector currently, thanks to federal funds through Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Read more

6
Apr

Rhode Island Manufacturing Boot Camp Launched to Fill Skills Gap at Local Companies

No cost program created to provide RI manufacturers with newly trained workforce

PRhode Island Manufacturing Boot Camp PartnersROVIDENCE, RI – Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership), a division of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, has joined forces with Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) and Workforce Performance Solutions (WPS Training) to deliver the Rhode Island Manufacturing Boot Camp. As part of RIDLT’s Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, the program is designed to provide qualified entry-level candidates to hiring manufacturing companies as soon as possible.

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