Taco President and CEO John Hazen White, Jr. dedicated the new 60,000 sq. ft. addition to the company’s 1160 Cranston Street facility in a ceremony on February 16th following a reception for employees, dignitaries and invited guests.
Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri, Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts and Cranston Mayor Michael Napolitano were in attendance and spoke at the event. Members of the RI Philharmonic performed after the dedication.
The new addition in Cranston, which is used for warehousing and shipment of company products, was dedicated to Mr. White’s parents, John and Mary “Happy” White. In a program handout available at the event, John White, Jr. noted that ”for many years the growth and development of Taco was driven and overseen by John and Happy White.” He credited his parents with “having created a solid foundation from which we have based our growth and success” over the past 15 years.A photo portrait of the couple, taken in the 1990s in John Hazen White’s tower office at Taco, was unveiled and will hang on a wall in the new building.
The new addition marks the first physical expansion of Taco since 1954.
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