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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-06-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 BUSINESS 9 PAWTUCKET – New jobs are coming to Pawtucket after the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. last week approved $612,000 in Qualified Job Tax Credit incentives for Custom & Miller Box to expand Rhode Island operations and add 42 positions. Custom & Miller Box, of East Providence, sister company of Pawtucket-based Key Container at 21 Campbell St., will relocate to a new facility in Pawtucket as part of the deal. "The city is pleased to hear that CommerceRI has approved the necessary incentives for Custom & Miller Box to expand operations and add jobs here in Pawtucket," said Commerce Director Jeanne Boyle. "The city has worked with Key Container and the state as Key Container, Custom & Miller Box's sister company, and we will continue to provide them with any assistance that they may require as they move forward." The expansion, said Boyle, will take place at the 6 Delta Drive property where manufacturing jobs were lost when the Matlet Group abruptly closed its doors last October. The space the company is taking over was previous- ly occupied by Matlet as a packaging graphics and printing company. "It is an extremely positive sign to see that the property is being occupied by another manufacturer," said Boyle. "We also thank the state for partnering with the city to hold a job fair in Pawtucket shortly after Matlet closed to assist former Matlet employees, where some were offered jobs by other local manufacturers. It remains unclear exactly how Customer & Miller Box will proceed with consolidating and expanding operations, with some facilities also currently operating in Massachusetts. Company officials couldn't immedi- ately be reached for comment this week. In approving the state incentives, Commerce Rhode Island board members said it offered a great opportunity to make a statement in support of Pawtucket, which was hit hard last year with the loss of several institutions. According to the state, Custom & Miller Box expects to create 42 jobs under the credit, including pro- duction staff, sales and design jobs. Hiring will begin next year. Custom & Miller Box, which produces corru- gated cardboard boxes and displays for merchandise, was considering an expansion to Massachusetts before receiving the credits from Rhode Island. The tax break won't take effect until after the new employees are hired and paying income taxes to the state. Credits make way for Custom & Miller Box to take over Matlet property, add 42 positions By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BOYLE RIPTA announces winter service changes PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has implemented winter service changes. RIPTA makes regular service adjustments several times a year in response to passenger use. These annual changes include rescheduling for better on-time performance. For many routes, only a slight trip time change occurred. Routes 32, 33 and 34 will no longer operate through downtown Providence to Routes 17 and 19. New service to Quonset Business Park began Jan. 22. RIPTA's new QX Quonset Express will provide express service from Providence to the Quonset Business Park. The new express service roundtrips will accom- modate those Quonset Business Park employees working 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Passengers are strongly encouraged to check new schedules for how ser- vice changes may affect them. They may also pick up the leaflet titled Winter Service Changes Effective January 19, 2019, that is available at Kennedy Plaza; the leaflet is also viewable online at www.ripta.com . The following routes will be affect- ed by winter changes: 3 Warwick Ave.; 9X Pascoag Express; 10X North Scituate Express; 19 Plainfield/ Westminister; 20 Elmwood Ave./T.F. Green Airport; 32 East Providence/ Wampanoag; 33 Riverside; 34 East Providence/Seekonk Square; 50 Douglas Ave./Bryant University; 54 Lincoln/Woonsocket; 60 Newport/ Providence; 64 Newport/URI; 62/66 URI/NEC/Galilee; QX Quonset Express Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Custom Finish or You Finish & Save Tables • Chairs • Entertainment Centers Stools • Hutches • Bookcases • Benches Corner Cabinets • Bedroom Sets • etc. 1661 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln, RI 725-0360 Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu & Fri 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. www.knockonwoodfurnitureri.com UNFINISHED & FINISHED FREE 4 Peg Coat Board With any purchase $20 Off any purchase of $100 or more With ad. One per order. Does not apply to sale items.

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