U.S. Sen. Whitehouse visits Bristol's Hall Composites
Top-level execs of a Bristol-based composites business will be traveling to California this weekend, to solidify their partnership with an industry-leading aerospace company.
If that sounds grand, Ben Hall can assure you it is.
"When you can solve problems by reducing weight, people will buy your product," said Ben, vice president of Hall Spars & Rigging, located in a 10,000 square-foot shop on Broadcommon Road.
Almost 34 years ago, Ben's brother, Eric Hall and Phil Garland founded the mast and rigging company, then located on Peckham Drive. The company grew by leaps and bounds, with facilities in Holland and New Zealand, using a combination of autoclave curing and seamless carbon construction to build sailboats. Eric Hall and Mr. Garland have since parlayed that knowledge into other industries, such as aerospace, automotive, military and defense, and industrial, to name a few.
As a result, a year ago, Ben and Eric formed Hall Composites.
"By the year's end, we're hoping to be a second-tier supplier to Boeing," Ben said. "It's taken almost a year to develop that relationship."
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, met with Ben, and a few other Halls Composites managers on Monday, for a tour showcasing the company's capabilities.
Sen. Whitehouse toured several non-marine trade businesses in Rhode Island last week, gathering information he'll use to host a summit for those businesses.
"We want to try to help them market their business to a broader audience," Sen. Whitehouse said. "And we have the ability to do that."
Initially, Sen. Whitehouse hoped to have the summit this spring. However, after sharing the event's agenda with several in the industry, he was advised to re-shaped the agenda, making it more beneficial to those in non-marine trades.
"These businesses have an enormous capacity to create economic growth in Rhode Island," Sen. Whitehouse said.