Massachusetts makes its play for toy maker Hasbro

A statue of Mr. Potato Head greets visitors to the corporate headquarters of toymaker Hasbro Inc. in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on Friday, April 23, 2004.

BOSTON (AP) — State economic development officials in Massachusetts are considering trying to lure Rhode Island-based toy company Hasbro across the border.

Colleen Arons, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, tells The Boston Globe for a story Friday that the agency is “working to establish a dialogue” with Hasbro.

Pawtucket-based Hasbro Inc., which employs more than 1,000 people in Rhode Island, has made no secret of the fact it is in the process of evaluating several options for its corporate headquarters.

Rhode Island’s governor and legislative leaders as well as the mayors of Pawtucket and Central Falls have said they will do everything they can to keep Hasbro.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo has previously said she’s confident Hasbro will stay in Rhode Island. Hasbro’s brands include Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh and Monopoly.