Made in Rhode Island

An ongoing series taking a look at manufacturing in Rhode Island.

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Made in Rhode Island
1:11 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Made in RI: Making Rugs at Colonial Mills

Colonial Mills in Pawtucket makes braided rugs for major retail outlets across the country.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Flip through catalogs for J.C. Penney, Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn and you could see a braided rug for sale. You might assume that rug was made overseas, but there’s a good chance it was made in Pawtucket. As part of our on-going series, Made in Rhode Island, Catherine Welch visited Colonial Mills where thousands of braided rugs are shipped out of Pawtucket to major chain stores across the country.

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Local Features
7:10 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Made in RI: Crowns for Beauty Queens

Credit Flo Jonic/RIPR

We continue an ongoing series we call “Made in Rhode Island.” It’s a look at companies that have persevered in the Ocean State despite what many view as an unfriendly business climate. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic caught up with a Cranston businessman whose products make dreams come true. 

When 25-year-old Ashley Hooks was named Miss Illinois USA last year the tiara placed on her head came from Dina, Inc. of Cranston.

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Local Features
9:51 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Rhode Island's first licensed distillery in 135 years

Thomas Tew rum
Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – A nondescript green warehouse in an industrial section of Newport doesn't seem to represent much of a link to the city's past. But inside, Brent Ryan sometimes does a little time-traveling in his mind's eye when he distills Thomas Tew Rum.

"I do like to think of the fact that I'm doing something here today that was being done in a bunch of places in Newport 250 years ago," he says.

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Local Features
9:54 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Vega makes Italian peppers in Cranston

Dennis and Steve Christofaro
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI –


Standing outside Vega Foods in western Cranston, even at a good distance from the door, you can smell peppers in the wind. Inside, the smell's even stronger. Owners Steve Christofaro and his brother Dennis are just steeped in it.

Steve Christofaro says both of their wives complain about them coming home smelling like peppers, "and they tell us that as soon as we get in the house, make sure you don't walk on my carpet with those shoes!'"

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Top Stories
9:57 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Family prosciutto business growing in Burrillville

Photo by: Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI –

There are only three prosciutto makers in the United States and one of them is located in the rolling hills of northwestern Rhode Island. "Made in Rhode Island" takes an in depth look at Daniele Foods.

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Local Features
8:16 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Metlon stays on the cutting edge with unique textiles

Metlon Corporation
Photo by DEBRA MORAIS

PROVIDENCE, RI – Metlon's product is everywhere -you just need to know how to look for it.

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Made in Rhode Island
9:56 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Made in Rhode Island: Maxson's 100 years in Westerly

Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI –


For the last century there has been a Maxson Automatic Machinery Company in Westerly. And for almost as long, a member of the Matthews family has worked there.

"Well it hasn't been a hundred, but it's been darn close," says company president Joe Matthews. His dad was the boss before him, and before that his granddad worked at Maxson. "My father joined the family firm in 1950, he retired in 2000," he says. "And I've been with the company since 1983."

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Top Stories
9:14 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Superior Trawl strives to catch the right fish

Jon Knight, founder of Superior Trawl in Point Judith.
Photo by Bradley Campbell.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Ocean State's fishing industry has seen a contraction over the years. From 2005 to 2011 the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation reported the local fleet declined by 16 percent. But there's a fishing net manufacture in Point Judith that refuses to quit. As RIRP continue our "Made in Rhode Island" series, Bradley Campbell visits Superior Trawl, a company that survives through invention, cooperation and sheer stubbornness.

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RIPR News
8:56 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Electric Boat looks to hire hundreds

PROVIDENCE, RI – All week we've been looking at manufacturing in the Ocean State in a series we're calling Made in Rhode Island. Submarine builder Electric Boat is the state's largest manufacturer with more than 2,200 workers. So Rhode Island Public Radio's Scott MacKay visited the Quonset facility and sat down with the man at Electric Boat who manages submarine production to find about what it takes to keep those good-paying defense jobs in Rhode Island.

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Made in Rhode Island
2:06 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Revival Brewing has big plans for beer in the Ocean State

Owen Johnson and Sean Larkin of Revival Brewing
Photo by Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – Owen Johnson doesn't put much stock in doom and gloom talk about Rhode Island and the state's supposedly toxic business climate. The Virginia native and MIT grad thinks the Ocean State is a fertile place for new ventures.

Johnson nurtures other people's new ideas as a founder of a start-up business incubator called BetaSpring. But he wanted to pursue his love for beer and start up his own businesses. And that's how Revival Brewing took flight.

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