Cranston, RI, February 28, 2007 - 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, 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. An accompanying plaque cites the dedication of the new addition in their names, dated February 16, 2007.
John Hazen White Sr., who took over Taco upon the passing of his father Elwood White in 1942 and subsequently ran the company until 1997, died in March 2001. His wife Happy was very involved with Taco through the years. Together with her husband, they established the John and Happy White Foundation in 1999. The Foundation supports a variety of charitable, educational, social service and arts organizations in Rhode Island.
The new addition marks the first physical expansion of Taco since 1954, the year John Hazen White acquired the original building, converting what had been a former UTC trolley barn into a manufacturing operation. The land on which the new addition sits was sold to Taco by Edward Imperatore, who operated a crane service next door for many years.
Taco, Inc., founded in 1920, is a leading developer and producer of pumps, valves, tanks, electronic controls and accessories for use in hydronic heating and cooling applications worldwide. The company employs approximately 500 individuals at the Cranston facility and in Fall River, Massachusetts. The company also maintains a sales and distribution facility in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.