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Mayor Grebien Tours Local Business, Stretch Products

Pictured from left: Able Pereire, John C. Gregory, Mayor Donald Grebien, Dennis McCarthy, Herb Weiss. Back row: David Sheibley. 

PAWTUCKET – This week, Mayor Donald R. Grebien toured local textile manufacturer Stretch Products with John C. Gregory, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce President, Dennis McCarthy, of the RI Small Business Development Center, and Herb Weiss, the City’s Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer.

Stretch Products, founded by Frank Wershing, re-located from West Warwick to a mill on Pine Street in 1992. The family owned business produces millions of yards of elastic every year for the apparel, aerospace, health, marine, military, medical, and recreation industries. Their stretch cords, elastics, and webbing are used in many products including bungee cords, back braces, pet leashes, boat ties, surgical masks, belts, and harnesses.

Company President David Sheibley and Able Pereira, Vice President and Plant Manager, directed the tour through the factory, which has the equivalent of two football fields of machinery. Their operation employs 45 individuals.

“I applaud Stretch Products for their continued commitment to manufacturing quality goods right here in the United States; right here in Pawtucket,” said Mayor Grebien. “They rejected the notion that they would need to move abroad or close during difficult times. Instead, they upgraded their equipment little by little and hired local, skilled employees who take pride in their work. We are grateful that they continue to be part of the evolution here in Pawtucket.”

“Stretch Products is pleased to be celebrating our 25th year here in Pawtucket. The city has a rich history of textile manufacturing and we are excited to be a part of that history. Being able to draw on the skilled work force in this area is a big advantage in our industry,” said David Sheibley. “I enjoyed our visit with Mayor Grebien and am encouraged by his dedication to working with businesses like ours; we look forward to being a part of Pawtucket for many years to come.”

For more information, please visit: http://stretchproducts.com/.   


March 10, 2017

Contact: Lauren Greene

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