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Company expands and creates Rhode Island jobs

Posted on February 9, 2017

A company is expanding and creating Rhode Island jobs.

A.T. Cross, the pen manufacturer, will expand operations, add jobs, and open a new storefront in the new Providence location, which would not have been possible without incentives from the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.

“Growing businesses, especially ones with such deep and storied history in our state, is essential to Rhode Island’s comeback,” said Governor Gina Raimondo. “Our tools are working – we’re ending the year on a roll, and we’re not going to take our foot off the gas. We’re going to keep working just as hard in 2017 to keep up this work, support our local businesses, and give Rhode Islanders the economic opportunities they need and deserve.”

A.T. Cross, located in Rhode Island since its founding in 1846, currently employs 105 people and plans to add 35 jobs. The move comes after Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation approved approximately $1.9 million in tax credits and incentives to support the expansion of A.T. Cross Co. in Rhode Island earlier this year.

“After a week of exciting announcements about development and investment in Providence, we are starting to feel the narrative change about doing business in our capital city,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “I am so proud that a manufacturing company that started here in Providence 170 years ago, is continuing to see growth and expansion here in the heart of our city.”

Governor Raimondo commemorated today’s ribbon cutting by signing a citation recognizing A.T. Cross’s longstanding commitment to Rhode Island with a pen produced by A.T. Cross.

This event follows a week of major economic development announcements that will support more than 2,500 jobs. In 2016, Johnson & Johnson, Virgin Pulse, Wexford, Cambridge Innovation Center and GE Digital and many other companies big and small have chosen Rhode Island. These companies will put thousands of Rhode Islanders to work doing a wide range of jobs at every level.

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