Grant to URI nonprofit that helps manufacturers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A nonprofit that helps the state’s manufacturing industry compete and innovate has been awarded $150,000 in federal funding.

Rhode Island U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced the funding would continue supporting the Providence-based Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Polaris is a division of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation. It offers competitive manufacturing business improvement programs to help Rhode Island’s more than 750 manufacturers.

The grant was awarded under a program run by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Reed says the funding will boost Rhode Island manufacturing and ensure local companies have the resources they need to compete and expand.

Whitehouse says the funding will allow Polaris to continue helping manufacturers thrive.

Earlier this year Polaris received a similar grant for $750,000.

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