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PAWTUCKET â€” It was a rather cut-and-dry business story that ran last month about the Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co. being acquired by an Attleboro manufacturer and closing its Pawtucket facility. Yet, longtime employee and second-generation owner Paul Mooney says there is much more history, warmth and sense of community behind the 150-year-old jewelry manufacturer than was conveyed in the news article.
Founded in 1858, Geo. H. Fuller & Son produced jewelry findings, fine jewelry and carbon fixtures for soldering at its distinctive gray mill on the banks of the Blackstone River at 151 Exchange St. This spring, the company, also known as Fuller Findings, was bought out by Findings Incorporated, a jewelry manufacturer located at 1231 County St. in Attleboro. Eight of the remaining employees, plus Mooney, transferred to the Attleboro facility and most of the machinery and equipment was moved there as well. Mooney, who lives in Rumford, will continue to work as vice president of Fuller Findings, now a division of Findings Incorporated.
One recent day, Mooney walked the old wooden floors of the once bustling mill that had been the source of his summer jobs as a teenager and which later provided a successful career, and reflected upon its legacy in Pawtucket.
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