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April 20, 2014
Made in Rhode Island
Made in Rhode Island
Rhode Island's first licensed distillery in 135 years By IAN DONNIS
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.
Vega makes Italian peppers in Cranston By CATHERINE WELCH
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.
Family prosciutto business growing in Burrillville By FLO JONIC
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.
Metlon stays on the cutting edge with unique textiles By DANA REILLY
Metlon's product is everywhere -you just need to know how to look for it.
Made in Rhode Island: Maxson's 100 years in Westerly By CATHERINE WELCH
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.
Superior Trawl strives to catch the right fish By BRADLEY CAMPBELL
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.
Electric Boat looks to hire hundreds By SCOTT MACKAY
Submarine builder Electric Boat is the state's largest manufacturer, with more than 2,200 workers. As part of our Made in Rhode Island series, Rhode Island Public Radio's Scott MacKay visited the Quonset facility and sat down with the man at Electric Boat who manages submarine production.
Revival Brewing has big plans for beer in the Ocean State By IAN DONNIS
Even as Rhode Island struggles with high unemployment, Providence has an active subculture of small start-up businesses. One such enterprise hopes to raise the profile of beer brewing in the Ocean State. As part of our series "Made in Rhode Island," we go behind the scenes at Revival Brewing.
Ornament manufacturer calls Rhode Island home By MEGAN HALL
For most of the 20th century, Rhode Island was known as the costume jewelry capitol of the world. That industry has shrunk significantly since then, but remnants remain. In our latest installment of Made in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Public Radio's Megan Hall visited one company that survived by making bangles for trees instead of humans.

Box maker one of few remaining in RI By FLO JONIC with Video by LYDIA ROGERS
During Rhode Island's manufacturing heyday in the early 20th century there were 15 to 20 box manufacturers in the Providence to Attleboro corridor. Today there are only four. Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic visits one of them as we continue our "Made in Rhode Island" series.
"Made in Rhode Island" begins with some history By SCOTT MACKAY
Rhode Island was once a manufacturing powerhouse that attracted workers and entrepreneurs and workers from around the Globe. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay asks how we can get back to the future.
Rhode Island manufacturing may face uncertain future By CATHERINE WELCH
We're launching a series Monday morning that we call "Made in Rhode Island." It's an on-going series taking a look at manufacturing in the Ocean State. We start with the big picture, as RIPR's Catherine Welch talks with the chairman of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association.