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Higher Trap Price Adds Further Trouble to Maine’s Lobstermen Sector

By Staff Reporter - July 25, 2018

Maine’s lobster industry is now facing a new hurdle: rising lobster trap prices due to the increased cost of steel and labor for makers of this fishing gear.

Bloomberg Television

Iconic New England Lobster Caught in Global Tariff Tit-for-Tat

By Tom Moroney and Charlotte Howard - July 2, 2018

Veteran lobsterman Billy Mahoney is already feeling the pinch — and not from the claws of his catch.

The Telegram & Gazette

Trade Policy Slaps Central Mass. Companies with Price Hikes

By Lisa Eckelbecker - June 23, 2018

The letter from Canada brought unwelcome news.

ArcelorMittal, a steel manufacturer, announced it was hiking the price of steel it sells to Riverdale Mills Corp. of Northbridge by 25 percent starting June 1 to cover the cost of a new U.S. tariff.


Steel Tariffs Hit Lobster Industry

By Craig LeMoult - June 21, 2018

China is threatening to impose new tariffs on lobsters from the U.S. in what could be the latest volley in a growing trade war. But the American lobster industry is already starting to feel the impact of steel tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

Portland Press Herald

Wary U.S. Businesses Prepare for Trade War

By Andrew Mayeda, The Washington Post - June 16, 2018

President Trump wants to level the playing field for American companies in the global economy, but his combative stance has unsettled business plans from the Atlantic to the Pacific. From Washington cherry farms to Midwestern chemical plants to New England lobster-trap makers, the risk of global trade war is creating anxiety among executives whose firms rely on foreign markets for revenue or to keep costs down with imported products.

Fencepost Magazine

Fenced In: Best Practices for Farm and Ranch Enclosures

By Katie Kuehner-Hebert - May/June 2018

Building the right fence for a farm or a ranch depends on whether the enclosure can protect small animals like sheep, chicken or goats, or larger animals like cattle and horses—the latter often requiring fencing that’s flexible because larger animals tend to run into them.

The Boston Globe

Trade Battle Takes Its Toll on Local Manufacturers

By Jon Chesto - June 11, 2018

As world leaders bickered all weekend, people like Jim Knott Jr. grew more worried about simply paying the bills.

Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association Newsletter

2018 Large Business Leader of the Year

By Beth Casoni - May 2018

Jim Knott was recently awarded 2018 Large Business Leader of the Year by the Worcester Business Journal. The Business Leader award is Worcester Business Journal’s oldest award, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the Central Massachusetts economy and community in the past year.

Riverdale Mills CEO James ‘Jim’ Knott, Jr. was awarded 2018 “Large Business Leader of the Year” recently by the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ). Headquartered in a restored, circa 1840s mill on the Blackstone River in Northbridge, MA, Riverdale Mills Corporation is a global leader in wire manufacturing.

The Skipper

Cork Lobstermen Embrace American Made Aquamesh

By Skipper Staff Writer - April 2018

Michael Kenneally has been a fisherman for over 35 years. Along with his son Michael Jr. and crewman David Heffernan, he had always fished with nets off the coast of County Cork. That is until the seals found their way into the fishing grounds. For the past three years the folks at Riverdale Mills Corporation, manufacturers of Aquamesh®, have worked closely with Michael Sr. as he transitioned from fishing with nets to lobster pots made exclusively with Aquamesh. Kenneally and Riverdale Mills CEO James Knott, Jr. met up again at this month’s Skipper Show.

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