The Providence Business News reported on a two-part event kicking off Manufacturing Month. The program was hosted by Polaris MEP and the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association.
From the PBN coverage:
“The manufacturers gathered in part to address one of the report’s key recommendations: cultivating the next-generation workforce.
About 65% of the 150-plus companies surveyed reported that availability of skilled labor is their biggest limiting factor in growth, followed by talent development/upskilling and finding new customers …
The report also highlighted leveraging regional resources and accelerating growth and innovation as two areas the state must prioritize to support manufacturers.
The manufacturing sector represents 9.1% of the state’s GDP, according to the report, at $5.6 billion, and employs almost 40,000 people, or about 8.5% of the workforce.”