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Sales Jobs in Rhode Island Moved to NC

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Clariant Corp., a pigment plant, has announced that they are relocating sales and technical jobs in Rhode Island to its North American headquarters in Charlotte by the end of the third quarter.

According to, Coventry was a pigments plant until it was shut at the end of 2008. Remaining staff there supported Clairant’s pigments and additives businesses.

 About 30 jobs in Rhode Island are affected. Coventry workers will be offered transfers to Charlotte. In total, about 50 now work in Coventry.

“We concluded that consolidating these activities in Charlotte alongside comparable positions that support our businesses in North America will allow us to achieve significant efficiency and cost synergies while reducing our region’s structural complexity,” noted Kenneth Golder, head of Clariant’s North American region, in a news release.

“North Carolina offers a favorable business environment that is taking an increasingly progressive approach on matters ranging from workforce development and taxes to transportation and energy,” Golder elaborated in a separate news release..

Clariant will invest about $2.5 million in Charlotte as a result of the move. The new jobs there will carry an average annual wage of $85,796, 76 percent higher than the regional average. The move was partly aided by a $55,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

Clariant Corp. has a plastics related operation in North Carolina. In Mooresville it runs a masterbatch plant it acquired as part of its purchase of Rite Sysems Inc. and Ricon Colors Inc. in 2008.

Coventry’s pigment production was relocated to Germany and Mexico. The site is undergoing decommissioning and environmental cleanup so that it may be redeveloped. Part of it has been sold to International Process Plants of Hamilton, N.J. Clariant acquired the Coventry operation from American Hoechst in 1997.

Rhode Island Healthcare Jobs Lost

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Kent Hospital has laid off all 46 licensed practical nurses and announced that it would outsource its rehabilitation services, as the Warwick hospital grappled with declining patient volume, a move that will decrease available Rhode Island healthcare jobs (click here).

According to, both changes had been in the works for some time, however.

Kent plans to hire 12 registered nurses and some certified nursing assistants to handle the LPNs’ duties.

Kent made $3.3 million less than expected during the first five months of the fiscal year because it had fewer patients coming for inpatient and outpatient care.

The poor economy and changes in insurance coverage have led people to defer elective surgeries such as knee replacements, hospital officials say. The seasonal flu epidemic did not materialize this year, leading to fewer hospital admissions. Competition from free-standing imaging centers drew patients away. And meanwhile, more uninsured people are seeking free care.


Green Jobs in Rhode Island Created in Wind Power Deal

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

The state of Rhode Island has embarked on massive study to develop off-shore wind farms, a move that will spur on the creation of many green jobs in Rhode Island.

New York Times reports that Rhode Island has forged ahead with its own plans to convert some of the state’s power source to wind. They aim to outpace and outsource Massachusetts, their neighbor to the north, which in turn has created a wind-power rivalry between the two states.

According to the Mother Nature Network, Rhode Island has invested more than $8 million of state’s money on research on birds, fish, habitats, and fisherman’s requirements, as well as areas important to Indian tribes. This is a marked departure from Massachusetts’s plan, which has put the state’s wind program in the hands of a private investor called Cape Wind.

According to the New York Times, instead of having a private developer dominate the research on potential sites, as Massachusetts has, Rhode Island embarked on a three-year scientific study, to be completed in August, of all waters within 30 miles of its coast. It has spent more than $8 million on research into bird migration patterns, wildlife habitats, fish distribution, fishermen’s needs and areas that might be of cultural importance to Indian tribes.