Congressional, state leaders to tour Murdock Webbing Tuesday, March 31

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URI Research Foundation’s Polaris Manufacturing Extension Program officials

to present update on R.I. manufacturing

WHAT: Representatives from Gov. Gina Raimondo’s office, members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation and local leaders to get update on state of Rhode Island manufacturing and a tour of Murdock Webbing Co. Inc., of one Rhode Island’s oldest and still thriving textile companies, which has been based in Central Falls since 1936.

• Visitors will also get information on the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation’s Polaris Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP), the availability of National Institute of Standards and Technology extension program support and how a traditional Rhode Island textile company has grown through advanced manufacturing concepts.

• The Polaris MEP Center’s services and expertise have grown during the past year, and it is now poised to support the growth of the state’s manufacturing sector with a focus on assisting small companies. The briefing is intended to address the changes related to the Polaris program, including additional support from the national program.

WHO: U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline; representatives of Gov. Raimondo’s office, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor; URI President David M. Dooley; Murdock Webbing Chief Operating Officer Greg Pilgrim and Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa.

Presenters to include:

· Jim Schufreider – National Institute of Standards and Technology’s director of legislative affairs

· Phil Singerman – acting Manufacturing Extension Program director

· Beth Colbert – regional extension program manager for strategic transition

· Christian Cowan – Polaris MEP director

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Presentations from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

WHERE: Murdock Webbing, 27 Foundry St., Central Falls, R.I.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: Contact Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing and Communications, 401.874.5862 or 401.874.2116.