When Fielding Manufacturing opened its doors in 1962, its bread and butter was engineering and building molds for complex and tight tolerance product applications. A lot has changed since then. Today, the Cranston company manufactures high precision micro and miniature die cast and injection molded components that are sold the world over. Owner Steven Fielding showed off some of the 3D Petri dishes he makes for Brown University scientist Jeff Morgan.
The Petri dishes enable labs and hospitals to grow cells that are more human-like for research and transplantation. His ability to custom make the devices — made of bright green plastic and smaller than a Kennedy half dollar – enables him to compete with overseas companies. “One of the nice things about making small complex parts is that we can make 5,000 or 10,000 pieces and ship them in a small box anywhere in the country. We even sell fiber optic and other electronic components into China. With FedEx and UPS being what it is, within a day or two, the product can be in China,” he says.