December 2, 2021

New Study Seeks Input from East Providence Manufacturers

Posted by PolarisMEP

Non-profit consulting group Polaris MEP is launching an in-depth study of trends in Rhode Island's manufacturing sector -- and looking for input from manufacturing businesses in the East Providence area.

The 2022 “State of RI Manufacturing Study” will include analysis of the sector’s economic impacts and a comprehensive survey of Ocean State manufacturers.

“The manufacturing sector covers the state of Rhode Island and employs nearly 1 in 10 of all private sector workers. The sector is almost always referenced in other economic reports,” said Kathie Mahoney, Polaris MEP Center Director, “however we believe this is the first study to focus exclusively on the trends driving the sector – the challenges of today and opportunities of the future.”

The study aims to uncover insights into how Ocean State manufacturers can transform with talent, technology and strategic support.

Central to the Study is an online survey of Rhode Island manufacturers. Senior executives will have the opportunity to respond to questions about their workforce, growth trajectory, obstacles to success and plans for innovation. The survey can be found at https://go.polarismep.org/somri.

Mahoney noted that the majority of the state’s manufacturers are small businesses. 86.5% of RI manufacturing companies employ fewer than 50 people. “We want to hear directly from the small-business owners what they need to both survive and thrive in the next 10 plus years.”

Insights from the survey of manufacturers in East Providence and throughout the state will be featured in the final Study. The report is expected to be published in early 2022.

Polaris MEP is an affiliate of the national NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership and a non-profit business unit of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation. Its mission is to strengthen and empower RI’s small and medium-sized manufacturers.

For more information about the State of RI Manufacturing Study, visit https://polarismep.org/news/state-of-ri-manufacturing-study-launched/.

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