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5/3/2013 Rep. Craven adds voice to praise for Toray as company unveils new equipment, expansion plans
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) joined the governor, leaders of the General Assembly and other state officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony held earlier this week at the Toray Plastics (America) Inc. headquarters at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown.

The ceremony was held to unveil new proprietary equipment created to meet customer demand for advanced coating technology. The company expects to add 20 new jobs as a result of the new equipment.

“I was very pleased to be able to attend this ceremony, and to be on hand to recognize the importance of this company to our state’s economy,” said Representative Craven. “Not only is Toray a global leader in its field, it is also, with 600 employees, one of the state’s largest private employers. Toray’s continued success and growth is very welcome news, not only for the company and its workers but also for Quonset, for North Kingstown and for the state, which remains dedicated to supporting companies like Toray that are helping to fuel our state’s return to economic prosperity.”

Toray Plastics is the only U.S. manufacturer of precision-performance polyester, polypropylene and bio-based films. The new extrusion equipment is expected to address customer demands for value-added films with advanced specialty layers. The company is a subsidiary of Toray Industries Inc., which has annual sales exceeding $19 billion.

On hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Speaker of the House of Representatives Gordon D. Fox, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, RI Economic Development Corporations Chief of Staff John Pagliarini, Toray President Rick Schloesser and other state and company dignitaries.

The Quonset Business Park, which is located in Representative Craven’s House district, is home to 175 companies employing more than 9,000.

For more information, contact:
Randall T. Szyba, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457