District Fact Sheets:


Rhode Island is home to plastics manufacturers and establishments engaged in plastics processing, marketing, support and captive activities that directly employ 3,810 people. It is also home to a number of plastics dependent industries that use plastics to make products or provide services. Plastics and dependent industries combined employ 151 thousand people in Rhode Island.

Plastics Industry Employment

Plastics Dependent Industries and Total Employment

Total Plastics Industry and Dependent Industries: 151,210 employees.


The plastics industry’s direct payroll in Rhode Island, including captive plastic products, is $188 million. Plastics dependent industries add another $6.4 billion to the state’s payroll.

Although some of the dependent payroll would exist without plastics, there would be less of it, because cost effective replacements for plastics are not available in many applications.


Together, plastics companies and the industries that depend on plastics contribute $2.2 billion in state and federal personal income taxes, and $1.1 billion in payroll (FICA) taxes.


Plastics industry shipments in Rhode Island totaled more than $1.8 billion in 2016.

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