City receives an early boost from Tunstall Americas

City receives an early boost from Tunstall Americas

PAWTUCKET - In 2012, officials from Tunstall Americas made a commitment to bring 250 jobs to Rhode Island by April of 2014. By the end of February, Tunstall will have hired 269 employees two months ahead of schedule. The company has also spent more than $6 million on renovations and technology, using only local contractors to implement the build-out of an 85,000-square-foot facility at 100 Freight St. The facility currently houses the company's North American data and operation center.

"Tunstall's move to Rhode Island has been a terrific addition to our state and is an important part in strengthening the city of Pawtucket's economic vitality," said Gov. Lincoln Chafee during a ceremony last week. "The creation of 269 jobs is a great example of how the state and city can work with companies to foster a business-friendly environment here in Rhode Island and continue to move our economy forward."

"From the start, Brad Waugh and everyone at Tunstall showed us they were as committed to being in the city of Pawtucket as they were to operating an outstanding business that would bring many new jobs," said Mayor Donald Grebien in a statement. "It has been a pleasure to work with them and the city looks forward to continuing our mutually beneficial association for many years to come."

"The city of Pawtucket was instrumental in securing an Enterprise Zone for the area, which provides tax credits for all hires in and out of the city," said Waugh, CEO of Tunstall Americas, "We continue to receive ongoing support from both Gov. Lincoln Chafee's and Mayor Donald Grebien's offices and are extremely grateful for all of the help and guidance we have received this past year."

In September of 2013, The Workforce Solutions of Pawtucket/Cranston established a partnership with Tunstall America with the goal of finding employment for the company's client referrals through the On the Job Training Program. As of January 31, Tunstall had hired 35 percent of The Workforce Solutions total program placements.