June 5, 2018

Report: Amazon's RI supplier relocating to CT's Bradley

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Inside Amazon's distribution center in Windsor
PHOTO | Contributed
Amazon's distribution center in Windsor.

A Texas vendor that helps Amazon.com handle order distribution in Rhode Island is shutting down there and planning to set up shop at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport, Amazon confirms.

A spokesman for the Seattle online-retail giant Tuesday confirmed an earlier Rhode Island TV station's online and broadcast report that Pinnacle Logistics, of Fort Worth, Texas, will lay off 149 workers in July. Rhode Island's top labor agency confirmed it was notified of the pending layoffs.

Details about Pinnacle's relocation plans to Bradley were unavailable Tuesday. Pinnacle did not immediately respond to hails for comment. A Bradley spokeswoman declined comment.

Bradley is based in Windsor Locks, and is within the Bradley Airport Development Zone that provides tax incentives to manufacturers and others that develop property and hire within it.

In Connecticut, Amazon has a mammoth order-fulfillment center off Day Hill Road in Windsor, and is erecting another in North Haven. It also operates a smaller, order-sorting facility in Wallingford. Meanwhile, a host of other Connecticut supply-chain vendors exist to serve Amazon.com customers.

Pinnacle has had a busy warehouse operation at the Quonset Business Park and T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, WPRI.com reported.

Mark Elsea, Pinnacle's chief operating officer, sent a letter to Rhode Island's Department of Labor and Training, outlining his company's planned layoffs at their facility, 1530 Davisville Road. The Rhode Island location will close July 31, the letter states.

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