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URI Alum’s company to be showcased on “Made in America,” Dec. 6

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. – December 5, 2005 – Just in time for the holiday season, the acclaimed works of one URI alumnus, ChemArt Founder and CEO Dick Beaupre, will be featured on the nationally broadcast show, “Made in America.”

The program showcases ChemArt’s design and production of collectibles, including the famous White House ornament, which has been produced by the company for 25 years.

In September, ChemArt welcomed the Made in America’s, host John Ratzenberger and crew to their headquarters in Lincoln, R.I., to tape an episode for the Travel Channel program that will air on December 10 at 4 p.m., December 20 at 9:30 p.m. and December 24 at 4:30 p.m. The show will also air at various times before Christmas (check local listings).

Ratzenberger, who is best known as Cliff from the hit TV show, Cheers, is traveling the country to profile quality American manufacturers to broaden the understanding of the manual arts and show where and how they are made in America. According to Beaupre, less than 10 percent of ornaments produced and sold are still made in the United States.

Beaupre, a 1962 graduate and 2003 honorary degree recipient, has been actively involved with and supportive of his alma mater. He and his wife, Anne, have established endowed scholarships, sponsored a variety of arts events, and supported URI’s Humanities Campaign with a named fellowship for faculty and student humanities research. He is also a founding member of the External Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences and serves as a trustee of the URI Foundation.

A leader in the design and manufacture of metal ornaments and collectibles, ChemArt’s product line includes ornaments and memorabilia, bookmarks, page clips, and lapel pins, which are used by customers to raise funds, promote events, recognize donors and volunteers, and to commemorate a special event. His company has designed and manufactured many ornaments based on important figures and periods in American history.