Son of founder and former owners of A.T. Cross to receive industry honors

EAST PROVIDENCE – Former owners of A.T. Cross Co., Brad and Russell “Ron” Boss, as well as the late Alonzo T. Cross, who led the pen-manufacturing company when his father, founder Richard Cross, passed it on to him, are to be honored at the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association awards dinner on Jan. 24.

The fine-writing instrument company was founded in 1846 in Providence. It later moved to Lincoln before moving back to Providence, where it is currently located. A.T. Cross was acquired by Transom Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, in November 2017. Transom acquired A.T. Cross from Clarion Capital Partners.

This is the second such awards dinner held by the manufacturers association.

Last year it recognized Henry D. Sharpe Jr. and his family’s machine-tool company Brown & Sharpe as being essential to the success of manufacturing in the Ocean State, the group said in a statement. One hundred and eighty-five attendees came out for the 2018 awards.

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As with last year’s event, this year’s awards dinner will be held at the Squantum Association at 947 Veterans Memorial Parkway in the Riverside section of East Providence. Tickets are $125.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.