Governor and legislative leaders discuss future of Hasbro

December 11, 2018

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s governor and legislative leaders say they will do everything they can to help prevent toy maker Hasbro from leaving the area.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio met Tuesday to discuss Hasbro’s future.

Pawtucket-based Hasbro Inc. employs about 1,000 area residents, but recently announced that it anticipates laying off a percentage of its worldwide workforce after poor third quarter results.

A Hasbro spokeswoman said the company was in the process of evaluating several options for updating its corporate headquarters.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa called on state lawmakers to help prevent Hasbro from leaving.

Raimondo, Mattiello and Ruggerio said in a joint statement after their meeting that they’ll work with the company and city of Pawtucket.