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Two Out of State Companies Choose South Eastern Massachusetts Sites for Expansion

Government Incentives Expert helps Samsonite and Bodek & Rhodes grow their companies and boost local economies in Mansfield & Norton

February 3, 2006

MEDWAY, MA - Two out-of-state companies, Samsonite and Bodek and Rhodes, will be expanding their operations to the towns of Mansfield and Norton respectively this year, thanks to the assistance of the team at Business Development Strategies, Inc.

The company, founded in 2003, works closely with state and local officials to negotiate and secure necessary approvals to access government incentives that benefit both the company, local community, and the state. The team at Business Development Strategies, Inc. led by President Lynn Tokarczyk, has secured dozens of complex incentive packages across the state over the last few years, and according to Tokarczyk, the availability of vacant buildings and land for new real estate combined with her company's impeccable track record has kept her phone ringing.

"There are many government programs that companies can take advantage of to help reduce relocation or expansion costs, but oftentimes they aren't aware that these programs exist," says Tokarczyk. "The maze of state and local programs is often difficult to navigate, so knowing where to look is the key to success."

Samsonite Corporation is one of the world's most recognized designers, manufacturers and distributors of luggage, as well as travel-related consumer products. Samsonite has recently relocated its corporate headquarters from Rhode Island to Massachusetts. The company is leasing approximately 65,500 square feet of space at the Cabot Business Park in Mansfield. This expansion is expected to bring 120 jobs to Mansfield, along with the creation of 22 new full-time jobs. Samsonite was recently approved for significant state and local tax incentives as a result of their expansion in Mansfield.

"Lynn was integral in keeping the Samsonite government incentives project on track in Mansfield," said Paul Ouellette, Vice President of Store Development for Samsonite. "Her effective communication skills and connections with state, local, and regional officials was invaluable to us. We could not have achieved the positive outcome if Lynn and her team had not been involved."

"In my opinion, Lynn Tokarczyk is one of the leading experts in the state on tax incentives," said John D'Agostino, Mansfield's Town Manager. "She is results-oriented and delivers on her promises. Her knowledge and expertise in this field is indispensable."

Bodek and Rhodes is a 66-year old Pennsylvania-based company with over 350 employees that provides top-quality imprintable activewear and promotional items. The company has leased approximately 133,000 square feet of space at the former Mazda building in Norton. The company was able to secure tax savings including a state tax credit, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and 100% local personal property tax relief. Five new full-time jobs and 20 permanent temporary jobs are expected to be created as a result of the expansion.


"Lynn is highly educated on all of the government incentive laws in Massachusetts. No matter what time of the day or night you contact her, you will get a prompt reply," says Rich Weisbrod, Vice President of Operations for Bodek and Rhodes. "I know with out a doubt I can contact her any time and get the answers I needed. She's a great leader and an important team member who is dedicated to our success."


Norton Town Manager Jim Purcell agrees. "Lynn is exceptionally well-organized and understands how to successfully interact with municipal officials in a way that is comprehensive and extremely efficient."


Tokarczyk's company has successfully negotiated incentive packages for several companies in the area including: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp., MEDCO, Medline Industries and Checon Corporation.


Founded in 2003, Business Development Strategies  helps firms access state investment tax credits, municipal property tax relief in the form of Tax Increment Financing (TIFs), workforce training grants, and other state and local programs designed to spur business investment and job creation.  For more information, please contact Lynn at Business Development Strategies, Inc. at (508) 966-4300, by e-mail at; or visit her website at