The factory floor at Yushin America in Cranston is awash with a sea of robots and automation equipment. Engineers intently assemble components pulled from cardboard boxes and packing crates. The end products range from custom end-of-arm-tooling and individual part-removal robots for injection molding machines to fully integrated factory automation like the contraption that turns a container full of red, plastic pellets into a 6-inch-tall toy robot in under a minute.
For 25 years, Yushin has been quietly putting down roots in Our Backyard. It’s the American subsidiary of Japan’s Yushin Precision Equipment Co., one of the world’s largest suppliers of robots for the plastic injection molding industry. They supply all All of the United States and Mexico from its Cranston headquarters. The 46,000-square-foot facility stocks over $3 million in robot components and parts ready for immediate delivery. Almost 80 Rhode Islanders work there, many hired from area schools like New England Tech, PC and URI.
“We find that the students who come out of Rhode Island colleges are well equipped. As a hiring manager, I know they have the right skill sets, they’re knowledgeable and ready to hit the ground running. They do the job right. They help our company succeed, and that’s why we hire them,” says Operations Manager Mike Greenhalgh.