Taco Plans Expansion of Its Cranston Facility

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Taco President John Hazen White, Jr. shakes hands with neighbor Ed Imperatore over the sale of a parcel of land next to the Taco facility in Cranston, RI. Looking on is the Mayor of Cranston, Stephen Laffey.
CRANSTON, RI, October 31, 2005 – Taco, Inc., in business in the City of Cranston since 1954, has announced an expansion of its manufacturing and corporate facility on Cranston Street. The company has purchased a one acre lot from Edward Imperatore of Imperatore Steel Erectors and Crane Service, which is situated just adjacent to the Taco plant and directly on Cranston Street.

The expansion, the first in the Cranston plant’s history, was announced this morning at a press briefing and groundbreaking ceremony attended by Taco president John Hazen White, Jr., Ed Imperatore, Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey and other officials.

Taco’s expansion plans call for the construction of a 64,900 sq. ft. addition to the existing plant, which will serve as a warehouse for shipping and distribution of Taco products. In doing so, Taco will shift its inventory and some 20 employees from its present warehouse and distribution center on Wellington Avenue, also in Cranston, to the Cranston Street facility, bringing all Cranston Taco employees under one roof for the first time.

Taco has been leasing the Wellington Avenue facility since 1979.

“We’re very pleased to make this announcement,” said John White, Jr. “Bringing our warehouse and distribution functions inside our main facility makes excellent sense in terms of efficiency and cost savings. Ed Imperatore has always been a good neighbor to us, and this sale of his land is greatly appreciated. We’re hemmed in here at this location, so Ed’s property represents the only opportunity we have had to expand and still remain under one roof.”

Imperatore, a native of Cranston, started his steel erection and crane service with his brother Raymond in 1946, after returning from Navy service in World War II. Over the years, Imperatore Steel Erection and Crane Service has served as a sub-contractor to all the major RI builders and participated in a multitude of building projects across the state. The company has also worked extensively with the Navy at Quonset and in Newport.

Now 84 and retired, Ed Imperatore says he is glad to be in a position to help Taco with its expansion. He has dealt with Taco for many years as its next-door neighbor, and the two firms cooperated on use of the land and the street between their properties, now named for John Hazen White, Sr., in the years before he acquired it around 1980. “Taco’s a good company and a great employer, so, yes, I’m pleased to help them with this and keep them here in the City of Cranston,” he says.

Taco’s facility at 1160 Cranston Street was acquired in 1954 by John Hazen White, Sr., who then moved his plant operations from Providence. The building had been a trolley barn for the former United Transit Company (UTC), a forerunner of today’s RIPTA. Taco also operates a manufacturing facility in Fall River, MA.

Taco plans to start construction in early 2006 and expects to have the facility in operation by August 2006.

Taco, Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of heating and air conditioning equipment and components. The company manufacturers a wide range of pumps, valves, tanks, electronic controls and hydronic system equipment for residential, commercial and industrial applications. In business since 1920, the family-held company employs 500 people in RI, MA and Canada.

For More Information Contact: Kyle Adamonis, Taco, Inc., 942-8000