New jobs, technology heading to Rhode Island

By Liz Tufts

New jobs and cutting edge technology are soon heading to Rhode Island. The company, "Lighting Science Group," is moving its office from Florida to West Warwick. The CEO says students at the state’s colleges and universities are exactly the type of people he’s looking to hire.

Light bulbs that don’t break and other products that help put your crying baby to sleep are just some of things Lighting Science Group has created over the years. Now the team is heading from Florida to Rhode Island in hopes of creating even more innovative products.

"Light really does play a key role in helping people learn better, heal faster, and just feel better about themselves," says CEO, Ed Bednarcik, who’s been searching for a new home to expand his executive team.

Bednarcik, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and resident of East Greenwich for 15 years, realized Rhode island is the best spot to set up shop and was attracted by the pool of talented potential employees.

"Lighting is a cross between fashion and science. With the incredible schools like Rhode Island School of Design and Brown, the combination of technology and fashion is very unique," said Bednarcik.

"Rhode Island pumps out more college graduates per capita than any other state in the company," said Governor Gina Raimondo.

The company is moving into its new location on division road in West Warwick this week. They hope to employ at least 50 people by 2017. The company is also meeting with officials at Brown University to talk about their current research with sleep and how lights play a factor.

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