November 28, 2015
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Special Events

Each year the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association / makeRI host a number of special events to which members and the public are invited.  For the convenience of our members and guests, in many cases registration is available online (please visit our Eventbrite page).  If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Bill McCourt, President and CEO, Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, by email ( or by telephone at 401.751.0160. 

2015 'Salute to Veterans' Fall Gala 

 Hosted by RIMA and makeRI
Saturday, November 7th
RI School of Design Museum; Providence, RI
 More than 80 percent of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs.  Meanwhile thousands of service men and women return home each month, possessing not only an unmatched work ethic but also rigorous technical training and experience.  Supporting veterans in their efforts to reconnect to employment is as good for our country as it is for our economy.
Presented by:
Sponsors Include:
AJ Oster            Bullard Abrasives          Constellation
Sponsorship, Advertising and Tickets Available
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 Hosted by RIMA and makeRI

Wednesday, May 13th

Twin River Event Center; Lincoln, RI  

This year we welcomed Ned Monroe, Senior Vice President for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as our keynote speaker in his 2015 "State of Manufacturing" presentation to the 400 attendees.  Governor Raimondo, Speaker Mattiello, Senator Picard, and Commissioner Gist also provided comments on the significance of manufacturing to our state.
Presented by:
Prime Sponsors Included:
          KLR       New England Institute of Technology
Taco             TribalVision          Vistage           Webster Bank
General Sponsors Included
Accounting Management Solutions, AJ Oster, The Allied Group,
Bank of America, Beacon Mutual Insurance,
Express Employment Professionals, Freedom National Bank,
Locke Lord, Materion Technical Materials, Meridian Printing,
USI Insurance, Walco, Workforce Performance Solutions
Thanks to all our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees.
Save the Date for Next Year:  May 11, 2016


The 2014 Manufacturing Renaissance Gala

 Hosted by RIMA and makeRI


This year, on October 25th, RIMA partnered with its manufacturing education leaders from makeRI to celebrate the continuing renaissance of manufacturing.  We recognized the extraordinary efforts of our partners in the RI Manufacturing Renaissance Collaborative (the MRC) -- Chafee Center at Bryant University, Polaris MEP and CommerceRI.  We also recognized the RI Foundation for their support of the RI community and especially manufacturing.  Over 200 guests enjoyed the great food, camaraderie and wonderful conversation.


 Sponsored by:

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

AJ Oster / The Oster Group

Bullard Abrasives


Hope Global

Materion Technical Materials

Meridian Printing

RI Carbide Tool

Swissline Precision



Since our beginnings with Slater Mill, Rhode Island has been a pioneer and manufacturing leader. Today, Rhode Island has over 1,600 manufacturing facilities employing more than 41,000 workers.  These companies are providing challenging and rewarding careers with great pay and exceptional benefits.  Many are realizing how industry has transformed and now understand the significance of growing and maintaining a strong, vibrant manufacturing base -- a crucial element of our state’s economic recovery; a provider a good jobs; a career opportunity for our young adults.


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