Taco Inc.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. This week Mark and Dave sit down with Taco Group Chairman and CEO John Hazen White, Jr. Taco has recently begun the process of acquiring Italian company Askoll, a maker of high efficiency pumps. Hazen White describes the reasons behind the deal, and how Taco has been restructuring stateside for growth. Based in Cranston, Taco makes heating, cooling and...

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Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time for Rhode Island to get out from under this cliché. Once again, conservative groups and business leaders are lobbying for big changes to Rhode Island’s estate tax. Called the ``death tax’’ by opponents, this tax is levied upon Rhode Island estates of more than about $922,000. One of the state’s top business leaders, John Hazen White Jr., the president of Cranston-based TACO industries,...

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Advances in technology have changed the types of skills needed to land a well-paying job. In this Policy & Pinot discussion, Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison examine how the state is retooling the education system from K-12 and beyond to prepare students for 21st Century jobs. Panelists are David Abbott, Deputy Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, Katherine Bergeron, Dean of the College at Brown University, John Hazen White, Jr., President of Taco, Inc., Steven Kitchin, Vice...

There was a time when the managers of great American manufacturing companies loved their products, cared about their employees and customers and valued the communities in which they did business. Factories were run by people who weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty working in the same space as blue-collar workers. Too often these days, that seems like a quaint time, more like the middle of the 20 th Century than the nascent days of the 21 st Century. Nowadays the financial pages are filled...