Manufacturing in Rhode Island is alive and well, but not the
manufacturing from the days of our grandparents. Technology has changed how we
do business today and how we live.
math, ladder logic, G-code, lean manufacturing principles and CAD programs.
Manufacturing represents 15 percent of the state’s economy with over 1,600
manufacturers in Rhode Island ranging from sole proprietors to companies with
over 100 employees.
qualified candidates to expand their business. The biggest asset of any company
is its people. And let’s be real, because not every high school student is
going to college. That’s why the Governor’s Manufacturing Initiative in this
year’s budget is so important. The General Assembly approved $3.65 million to
upgrade Davies Career and Technical High School to create a state-of-the art
Advanced Manufacturing Center.
exposes them to careers that will help them in the future. It also helps
manufacturers —from craft breweries to precision manufacturers — employ a
skilled and qualified workforce to meet the demand of their customers.
today. The new manufacturing in Rhode Island is in defense, marine and
infrastructure technology and cybersecurity. Rhode Island is a defense and
undersea technology leader not just in New England but throughout the
Chenevert at Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and enroll in its
apprentice program called WE MAKE RI. It has a 95-percent graduation rate and
RIMA gets its apprentices jobs.
to Dan Shedd, owner of a third-generation family business. He’s survived
recessions, expanded his manufacturing facility, and continues to look for good
talent for his growing business in this new economy.
while expanding manufacturing in Rhode Island. It’s the future. It’s the new
economy. It’s good-paying jobs and in our own backyard.
of the Small Business Committee and serves on the House Finance Committee.