Teknor Apex officials are campaigning hard for Question 4

Teknor Apex officials are campaigning hard for Question 4

PAWTUCKET - Representatives for one of the city's biggest employers are pushing hard for voters to approve $125 million for a new engineering building at the University of Rhode Island.

Bill Murray, CEO of Teknor Apex, is featured in a new round of commercials advocating on behalf of a school he says supplies the company with many of its best and brightest employees.

A URI graduate himself, Murray said the college is a "real funnel for us in terms of good employees, good engineers," and the future health of Teknor Apex depends in part on that flow continuing.

Teknor Apex has completed a "limited number" of research projects with URI, said Murray, but "something that limits them is their facilities." His company currently has to go outside of the state to complete certain projects, he said, but would be able to bring at least some of those "back here to Rhode Island" with the "right infrastructure" in place.

Voter approval of a $125 million referendum on Nov. 4 will fund construction of a new URI engineering building and renovations to other existing buildings.

"It's a big investment, but it's a big job," he said.

Murray said he was born and raised in Rhode Island, and he wants to see more college graduates stay in the state that he loves. Spending measures like the engineering building will help keep the "best and brightest" in the state, "putting them to work right here in the place we've all grown up in."

Murray said it's "hard to say" from the outside whether the $125 million being requested for the facilities is all absolutely necessary, but he believes the project as a whole is "a worthwhile investment, a good investment" for the state's future.

Teknor Apex is a plastics compounding operation with 14 plants around the world, employing about 2,000 people, according to Murray. About three-quarters of those employees work in the U.S. and about 400 to 450 work in Pawtucket. The global company is growing, he said.

Comments

Declare it a historic building and keep using it. Is it the building or is it the equipment and people that make the difference? Vote NO on all bond issues. Bonds = More debt = taxpayer money. Rhode Island and Pawtucket needs fiscal responsibility and maturity.

Declare it a historic building and keep using it. Is it the building or is it the equipment and people that make the difference? Vote NO on all bond issues. Bonds = More debt = taxpayer money. Rhode Island and Pawtucket needs fiscal responsibility and maturity.

That's right Steve!

A $2 million dollar project will cost us approx $3 million after taxes and insurance. I want my government to learn to save up for the projects they "need". If it involves a loan I vote against it. I did that last election too. Will continue. Please join us because our government needs to learn to stop ripping us off and start being good stewards of our money. The money saved can then be put towards TAX RELIEF so less people will want to escape!

Steve, what are you talking about? Do you think they are looking for money for Teknorapex ?
What are you always so misinformed? Could you read a complete story for once before jumping into another conversation with half the facts?
Anyway, I hope this gets passed and perhaps we will have citizens of this state who can return the stata to the manufacturing greatness we once had.