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RI Mask Mandate & Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Manufacturers

RI Mask Mandate & Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Manufacturers

Governor Dan McKee on Wednesday, December 16, 2021 established a universal mask mandate for the state of Rhode Island. The new rules will be implemented on Monday, December 20th and affect companies of all sizes, including manufacturers. The Rhode Island Manufacturers...

Support Small Businesses #MadeInRI

Support Small Businesses #MadeInRI

The month of December is a reflective month for me, I take some time to reflect on the past year and what is coming up in the next year. This year my family and I have so much to be grateful for. We moved to Rhode Island in August, and everyone has been so welcoming....

1 Global Challenge, 5 Reasons to Shop Locally

1 Global Challenge, 5 Reasons to Shop Locally

We are hearing about and seeing the supply chain disruptions around the world, including here in Rhode Island. As such, there is no better time to shop locally than right now. "Small Business Saturday" is around the corner – November 27th -- but I hope you won't wait...

Sustainability as a “New Normal” for Manufacturing

Sustainability as a “New Normal” for Manufacturing

What exactly does corporate sustainability mean? How can you implement and promote sustainability at your company? With all the pressures of day-to-day manufacturing, why would you even want to?​​​​​ As defined by Investopedia, sustainability focuses on meeting the...

Manufacturing Pain Points

Manufacturing Pain Points

When I meet with Rhode Island companies, one of the questions I ask is: “What are your biggest pain points right now?” Inevitably the top two manufacturing pain points are workforce and supply chain. (I asked that question of Kevin Fuoroli of Herrick & White, seen...

Day by Day by Manufacturing Day

Day by Day by Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing is dead last among career choices for Americans between ages 18 and 24. That's what a report from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute shows. Is it any wonder that despite US manufacturing activity hitting a 37-year high this past spring, half a...

Newfound Freedoms

Newfound Freedoms

Rhode Island hit a remarkable pandemic milestone that flew under the radar: On June 21, there were zero new hospital admissions for COVID-19. As Dan McGowan noted in a recent Boston Globe "Rhode Map," that’s the first time that has happened since March 14, 2020. At...

Dedicated to Rhode Island’s Manufacturing Workforce

Dedicated to Rhode Island’s Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturing workforce development is a critical part of Polaris MEP's mission to support the growth of RI's small and medium-sized manufacturers. I couldn't be happier than when I hear a client share that a grant-funded training program led to thousands of dollars...