Quonset Tenants Featured in
Rhode Island Manufacturing Survey
The Quonset Business Park is home to more than 175 companies with 9,100 employees in both full-time and part-time jobs across a variety of industries. As part of the Quonset Master Plan, we have a diverse scope of industries throughout the Park, a strategy which helped protect us from job-loss during the recent recession.
Manufacturing is one sector of the economy with a significant presence at Quonset. In fact, we estimate that close to 44 percent of the workforce at the Park is in manufacturing.
The Rhode Island Manufacturing Renaissance Project recently began a survey of the top 1000 manufacturing companies in the state. Their goal is to identify and define the capabilities of manufacturing companies throughout Rhode Island. The initial findings of the survey offer some positive news as more than 80 percent of respondents plan to add employees in the next three years, with more than 85 percent of those looking for entry level production or machine operator employees.
Several Quonset Business Park manufacturers took part in the survey, including:
If you are a manufacturer who would like to participate in the survey, or learn more about the initial findings, click here
The Latest New Vessel Launch
at Senesco Marine
With little fanfare, the latest dry dock built by longtime Quonset Business Park tenant, Senesco Marine, was launched into Narragansett Bay earlier this month. The new vessel was built for Caddell Dry Dock, one of the largest shipyard and marine repair companies serving the New York Metropolitan area. And as the video above shows, the launch was a success.
The launch took place thanks in part to the efforts of Rhode Island's Congressional delegation, including Sens. Jack Reed, Sheldon Whitehouse and Reps. James Langevin and David Cicilline. Through their efforts, in August 2011 the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded Senesco close to $280,000 to be put towards new launch equipment, including a new ramp, roller system, and launch software.
The grant was part of MARAD's Small Shipyard Grants Program, which provides money to help modernize facilities, increase productivity, and help make the country's small shipyards more competitive in the global marketplace. To learn more about MARAD's Small Shipyards Grant Program click here.