R.I. Monthly Highlights Quonset Business Park
Quonset Business Park was featured in a 10-page spread in Rhode Island Monthly’s February edition. The article showcases “the secret life of Quonset” through six profiles of individual employees at businesses throughout the park.  

Rhode Island Monthly’s feature spotlights the diversity of companies, jobs and individuals involved in the Park’s day-to-day operations. Quonset company employees profiled include Diver and Dive Supervisor at Specialty Diving Services Clay Horschel, Ports of America General Foreman Ray Silva and Union Longshoreman Jennifer Fortes and Goodison Shipyard’s Heavy Lift Superintendent Bernie Boucher. Also highlighted were U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeants Brittany Thompson and Conor Flynn and Edesia Nutrition’s Logistics and Distribution Manager Andrew Kamara and Quality Control Supervisor Rami Kawsara, along with Seaview Transportation Company’s Engineer Brian Baer and Conductor John Fuller.

As the region’s premier business park, Quonset continues to be at the forefront of the state’s economic development and job creation. The Business Park currently hosts over 200 companies providing nearly 12,000 jobs, including one out of every seven of Rhode Island’s manufacturing jobs.

The Park frequently hosts tours of the facility. “The universal response at the end of our tours is, “I had no idea how much is happening here,” said Steven King, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation.

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Quonset's Ted Spinard Names 2019 R.I. "Engineer of the Year"
Quonset Development Corporation’s Director of Development Services Edward ‘Ted’ Spinard was recently named the 2019 “Engineer of the Year” by the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers. Ted has long played a key role in the infrastructure development that is key to Quonset’s success.

Over the years the Business Park has leveraged nearly $700 million of direct public infrastructure development into nearly $2 billion of private infrastructure investment - in large part due to Ted’s continued leadership and hard work. In 2018, he managed the design and construction of $35 million of public investment. He also supervised Quonset’s role in various projects at the Park, including Electric Boat’s ongoing $700 million expansion, the rehabilitation of “workhorse” Pier 2 and $8 million of improvements to the Rhode Island National Guard facilities. 

Ted brings over 40 years of experience in operations management, planning and consulting engineering to his current position. He is licensed in six states as a professional engineer and is also a professional planner. Ted was first involved in Quonset in the 1970’s as Deputy Director of the Division of Property Management and Development at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. In this position, he led daily operations for all engineering, planning and construction. After pursuing other engineering positions in the state throughout his career, Ted returned to Quonset in 2010 to lead development services for the Park.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers,” said Ted. “Quonset is a place where I can put my passion for infrastructure improvements and civil engineering to good use. I’m proud to be a part of a team that is constantly working to propel Rhode Island’s economy forward.” 

New England Real Estate Journal
Quonset Welcomes Taylor Farms, 250 New Jobs
Taylor Farms is a leading producer throughout the U.S. of healthy fresh foods, including prepared salads, and fresh vegetable snacks. The company recently purchased a 107,000-sq-ft, prepared foods facility at Quonset Business Park, with operations expected to begin in late spring of 2019.

This addition to the Park is expected to bring over 250 new jobs to Rhode Island, with the potential for further job creation.

“I’m thrilled that Taylor Farms is bringing 250 new jobs to Quonset,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “Quonset Business Park is home to over 200 businesses, nearly 12,000 employees, and Taylor Farms will certainly be a welcome addition. I look forward to seeing them grow in the years ahead.”

“QDC is excited to welcome Taylor Farms to the Business Park in 2019,” said QDC Managing Director Steven King. “Taylor Farms will be a welcome addition to the growing number of innovative food companies at Quonset.”

Taylor Farms was established in 1995 with the goal of becoming North America’s “favorite maker of salads and healthy fresh foods.” The business will produce a wide variety of ready-to-eat fresh food products at their new Quonset facility.
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