“Growing up in Warwick, I probably saw Kenney Manufacturing every day,” he said. “So many businesses get up and go where the money is better, but the Kenney family has always been really steadfast in staying here.”
According to CEO Les Kenney, staying in Rhode Island has been the plan since his great-grandfather, Charles D. Kenney, founded the company in 1914.
“I was very involved in conversations about this business with my father when I was younger,” Les said. “He made it clear that for many people, Kenney represents the very life source for their household income, providing meals and paying the bills for everyday life.”
Les said his father taught him that maintaining a strong workforce in the U.S. wasn’t only the right thing to do, it was a competitive advantage that would help the company innovate and pour back into its communities in Warwick and Jonesboro, Arkansas.
And he was right. Kenney recently invested $2 million in new machinery that’s reducing pollution in U.S. operations – machinery that Gary and other Warwick locals designed and built themselves.