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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-08-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 8-14, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket NORTH SMITHFIELD – Tracey Beck's husband keeps acquiring businesses, and each time, with just a slightly exasperated roll of her eyes, she puts her problem-solving talents to work devising plans to fold them into the family's growing design and manufacturing empire. The co-owner of The Beck Companies, who once imagined herself a stay-at-home mom, now oversees five merged businesses from an 80,000-square-foot building on Providence Pike. "Really what I'm trying to do now is unite everything," Beck told The Breeze this week. "My husband has promised this is it for a while. He's brutal." The Beck story began some 11 years ago with the purchase of a stone fabrication company, later named KB Surfaces. In the years that followed, a granite and marble fabrication company owned by Tracey's brother-in-law Ken Beck, Atlas Fabrication, merged under the Beck Companies name. In 2012, the family acquired a custom built storage company, Closettec, and then cabinet and custom woodwork business CAS America, in 2015. And in 2016, the interconnected businesses relocated from Johnston to 20 Providence Pike in North Smithfield, purchasing a vacant seven-acre lot for $1.7 million. "It was empty for five years when we bought it and it needed every- thing," said Beck of the building. "The only thing we kept was the skeleton." Beck Companies show off growing empire on Providence Pike By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com All that jazz BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON BEN ALLENDORF plays a muted trumpet as he performs with the North Smithfield High School Jazz Band at the Blackstone Valley Jazz Festival on Feb. 1. The festival featured performances from Mount St. Charles Academy, Woonsocket High School, North Smithfield High School and Blackstone-Millville Regional High School and was held at The Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket. See more photos on page 6. See BECK, Page 4 WOONSOCKET – Gerry Beyer says he can't find enough tenants to fill a four-story former mill on Singleton Street and he has a solu- tion: cultivation of marijuana. According to Beyer, the property manager at the mill, the roughly 240,000 square-foot building at 159 Singleton St. housed textile manufac- turing operations until the business shut down in November of 2016. Beyer was the general manager of Hanora Spinning at the property, owned by First Republic Corporation of America. The building was once part of Lippitt Mills, and the business's main site in downtown Woonsocket at 1 Main St. now houses Hanora Lippitt Mills Apartments. "We can no longer compete, and to try to find tenants in an industrial base to fill this business is very hard," Former mill operator petitions council to allow marijuana cultivation By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See CULTIVATION, Page 11 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE TRACEY BECK, co-owner of The Beck Companies, stands inside a custom-made office that includes an aquarium at the Beck showroom and manufacturing facili- ties in North Smithfield. RISE Prep enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is now OPEN for children entering grades K-3 in Woon- socket, North Smithfield, and Burrillville. To learn more about our tuition-free public charter school, sign up for one of our school tours at 1 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI: • Thursday, February 15, 2018, 10-11 a.m. APPLY TODAY – https://www.riseprepri.org/enroll-your-child Ms. Johnson: 401-768-1142 Enrollment will close February 23, 2018. Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP 1 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Opiate Addiction Treatment and Recovery Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living published by ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC.

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