NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Toray Plastics (America) Inc. broke ground March 2 for a $1.3 million employee education and wellness center at the company's manufacturing complex in North Kingstown. The company expects the center to be completed by late summer.
The facility will include a fitness center equipped with cardiovascular and weight-training stations, an interchangeable running track, basketball and volleyball courts and indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
The center will allow for expanded on-site training programs for the 650-plus employees, including vocational training and management seminars.
In a news release, Toray President Yasuhiko Yumiketa called the new wellness and education center a symbol of Toray's commitment to its employees and its community.
``We believe in promoting the growth of our employees through learning and the health of our employees through exercise and physical activity,'' Yumiketa said.
Toray manufactures polyester and polypropylene films. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toray Industries Inc., a global manufacturer of textiles, chemicals, plastics, electronics and information-related products.
Toray Industries, headquartered in Tokyo, had 1998 annual sales of $10.1 billion.