Distribution company for Amazon to close in RI, head to CT
After opening with great fanfare just last October, Pinnacle Logistics at Quonset Point will be closing at the end of July and moving to Bradley Airport in Hartford.
NBC 10 News first learned of the projected closings from a viewer on Friday, who sent a letter that was given to the company's some 300 workers.
The letter from CEO Mark Elsea reads in part, "Dear Valued Pinnacle Employee: Pinnacle Logistics PVD will permanently cease operations at 10 p.m., July 31st, 2018. … This letter serves as the official 60 Day Notice..."
It goes on to say, “Unfortunately, for business reasons unrelated to PVD's performance or efforts of our PVD team, Amazon has elected to terminate its PVD operation."
Calls to corporate headquarters in Texas went unreturned.
Security asked NBC 10 to leave the Quonset Point location, and no employees would talk on camera, citing fear of losing their three-week retention bonus if they stay until the end.
Online retailer Amazon opened its Fall River headquarters in March 2017.
Pinnacle opened its North Kingstown logistics go-between seven months later to great fanfare with the motto, "Simplifying the Supply Chain,” and hiring 300 workers.
The CEO’s letter told employees they could be eligible for state unemployment benefits.
Pinnacle PVD also had a relationship with T.F. Green Airport, leasing tarmac space for two 767 jets and some hangar space. The Rhode Island Airport Corporation confirmed Pinnacle will pull out of there July 31, as well. They added that they are disappointed by the move, but hope to have a future opportunity to bring them back in the future.
In a statement to NBC 10, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jenson said, “We learned today of Pinnacle’s decision to close its operation in Rhode Island. DLT staff in the Business Workforce Center immediately reached out to Pinnacle to offer Rapid Response services to employees impacted by the closure. Through Rapid Response, DLT can provide information about re-employment services and possible training opportunities, address workers’ individual needs, and offer information about income support programs such as Unemployment Insurance.”