ETCHED IN STONE: Granite Telecom-munications Branch Manager Paul Goodwin, left, with Major Accounts Manager Norman Bailey.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
By Rhonda J. Miller PBN Staff Writer
The sustained growth of Granite Telecommunications since its launch in 2002 – about 20 percent per year with strategies designed to keep up that pace – has caused the company to put out a message from its new Lincoln facility that Rhode Island business leaders and residents like to hear – “We’re hiring.”
The Quincy, Mass.-based company relocated its Rhode Island staff of eight that were previously in Smithfield to the larger facility in Lincoln in December.
The company is in an aggressive hiring mode, with 150 jobs open across its locations in Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida and Rhode Island.
Granite has already hired three new employees in Lincoln and has interviews scheduled during January, with plans to more than quadruple the current 11 employees.
“The growth of the company demands that we bring on additional qualified sales representatives,” explained Granite Telecommunications Rhode Island Branch Manager Paul Goodwin, who has been with the company since its founding and in Rhode Island since the office opened at the same time. “In terms of the products we’re selling, the core products, and the future products we’ll be selling … we really need to get a strong team of about 50 salespeople here in Rhode Island.”
Granite Telecommunications’ core business is buying phone lines from companies like Verizon and AT&T and managing and maintaining business phone networks. A substantial portion of the company’s client list consists of multilocation companies, particularly retailers, such as Wal-Mart, J.C. Penny, Bob Evans restaurants, Outback Steakhouse, Goodyear Tires, Bridgestone Tires and Yankee Candles. There’s another major customer – the U.S. Postal Service.
Rhode Island Branch Manager Paul Goodwin,