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Home Depot opens new store, delivers for jobs in Rhode Island

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Home Depot has opened a huge new store in Westfield, Massachusetts, which will deploy products to many stores and fulfill jobs in Rhode Island.

The new rapid deployment center is a $25 million, 657,000-square-foot center. It will eventually house 250 employees.

It will also supply products to Home Depot stores throughout New England.

According to, General Manager Buddy D. Gatlin, formerly of Dallas and now a Southampton resident, announced the start of operations that will provide a maximum 72-hour turn-around of product from incoming to delivery to stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.

Home Depot said it will hire 250 employees to staff the distribution center and possibly another 100 in the very near future.

MassLive writes that the opening drew Home Depot executives from across the country, and to show the company’s support of community, those executives presented a $5,000 donation to Westfield arboretum effort to preserve and replant trees throughout the city.

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Site Launched to Create Jobs in Rhode Island

Friday, December 17th, 2010

A new, powerful site has been designed to help create jobs in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), the Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island (EDFRI), the Rhode Island State Planning Office and GIS Planning Inc. announced today the launch of a website, that provides free, comprehensive and accurate information to businesses looking to relocate or expand in the Ocean State.

Using Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, the website provides instant access to in-depth data that previously took weeks to research.  Now, customized real estate, demographic and industry breakdowns are available for every city and county in Rhode Island.  Also, business prospects can quickly find available industrial, office, and retail properties based on geographical and physical criteria.

“In today’s fast paced, digital world, it is more important than ever for businesses to have access to critical information at their fingertips,” said Rhode Island‘s Governor Donald L. Carcieri.  “By employing GIS Planning software, the state is making its assets more easily accessible to decision makers at companies across the globe.”

“This new website will help put Rhode Island at the top of short lists for business owners seeking a new location,” said Keith Stokes, executive director of the RIEDC.   “Particularly in today’s challenging economic times, this new cutting-edge tool will help position our state favorably against the competition and within the New England market.”

In 2009, the RIEDC commissioned the Rhode Island Statewide Land Assessment initiative that identified development of the site as a critical piece in making the state more competitive with neighboring states Massachusetts and Connecticut.

“This is evidence of the positive results from working collaboratively to enhance Rhode Island‘s capability to retain and attract private jobs and investment,” said Scott A. Gibbs, president of EDFRI.

“Over 97% of initial site selection screening is done on-line now, and the new Rhode Island website provides immediate access to critical business intelligence needed to make an investment decision,” said Anatalio Ubalde, CEO of GIS Planning (

The GIS-powered website is built upon Google Maps technology, and offers state-of-the-art site selection mapping capabilities. The new website is also integrated with GIS Planning’s national site selection search engine,, which allows visitors to conduct national searches of cities and commercial properties that match their unique criteria.

“From a commercial broker’s point of view, this new web-based tool allows the broker immediate access to current, accurate property information along with mapping and demographic tools,” said Michael Giuttari, SIOR, president of MG Commercial Real Estate.

Partnerships Could Provide Jobs in Rhode Island

Monday, December 13th, 2010

A newly minted partnership could lead to the creation of jobs in Rhode Island.

CAL Business Solutions, a Connecticut Microsoft Dynamics GP accounting software partner, was selected as a Technology 500 award recipient. CAL is one of only two Connecticut companies chosen for this honor.

The mission of the Technology 500 is to recognize and rank the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Rankings are derived from revenue growth by percent from the year 2007 to the year 2009. All information is self-reported from these private company applicants. To qualify each company must have over $1M in 2009 yearly revenues and be within the technology industry. Although in its first year of existence, the award received over 1,000 applicants.

“CAL Business Solutions is honored to receive this recognition. Despite a tough economic climate CAL is proud to see continued growth which is a testament to a great product and great team,” comments George Mackiewicz, President of CAL Business Solutions.

“We created the Technology 500 Awards as a way to recognize companies that have the success formula right,” said Tom Blue, founder of Technology 500 and Lead411, “We’re pleased and feel fortunate to have to have CAL Business Solutions included.”

Companies in the accounting software selection process can use awards and recognition such as the Technology 500 when looking for IT providers that provide the best service and support.

Founded in 1982 CAL Business Solutions is a Connecticut based Microsoft Gold Certified Partner focused on Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) ERP/accounting software. CAL Business Solutions offers implementation, data conversion, customization, plus local support and training for Microsoft Dynamics GP. CAL Business Solutions works with over 200 customers in 16 states, with a focus on companies in Connecticut (CT) plus Massachusetts (MA), Rhode Island (RI) and Westchester County, New York (NY). The company has proven expertise working with clients in a variety of industries with a special focus on Distribution, Fuel Distribution, Staffing, Healthcare, Non Profit and Professional Services.