Greg Woods has been the heir apparent at West Warwick electronics manufacturer Astro-Med since being hired as chief operating officer in the fall of 2012, as part of the company’s strategic growth plan. Around the same time the Rochester, N.Y. native officially took over as CEO at the end of January, Astro-Med announced the $6.7 million acquisition of competitor Miltope Corp.’s line of aviation printers. It was the first of what Woods hopes will be a series of expansion initiatives and will bring manufacturing now done in Alabama to the Ocean State. The average consumer will likely never come in direct contact with Astro-Med’s specialized printers and data-acquisition devices, but Woods says they have a bright future. more
Unpredictable weather, changing fish populations and federal regulation continue to challenge the region’s commercial-fishing industry. But the business of supplying that industry remains strong for family-owned Reidar’s Trawl Gear and Marine Supply, which expanded to a 21,000-square-foot New Bedford building last July. Above, owner Reidar Bendiksen, left, and son Tor Bendiksen, chief operating officer; with employees Meghan Lapp, front, and Sarah Fortin. The women are building a groundfish net.
PROVIDENCE – R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit was presented with the John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Award from the Environment Council of Rhode Island this month at the organization’s 15th annual Chafee Conservation Celebration.
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