It’s a Brand New Year at Quonset Business Park
As 2021 gets underway, many Rhode Islanders are looking for a fresh start. Thankfully, there are plenty of professionally rewarding and well-compensated careers available on right now. is a website provided by the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) where Quonset companies can post their job openings. On the site job seekers have a one-stop-shop to connect with the innovative and fast-growing companies at Quonset Business Park, apply for new positions and find additional resources to help with the job search. Companies in the Business Park are actively posting full-time and part-time positions every day, and the site is frequently updated to ensure job seekers never miss an opening. 

Businesses at Quonset represent nearly every sector of the Rhode Island economy, employing over 12,000 people at more than 200 companies. As the manufacturing hub of Rhode Island, home to one of every six manufacturing jobs in the state, Quonset companies offer some of the best manufacturing job opportunities with openings in engineering, mechanics, marketing, IT, and more.

See what opportunities await you by visiting today. 

New England Real Estate Journal
Question 7: Investing in Rhode Island’s
21st Century Economy
In a special election scheduled for March 2, 2021, Rhode Island voters will have an opportunity to support critical investments in Rhode Island’s economic future. A “Yes” vote on Question 7 is a vote for job creation and economic growth, under the proven leadership of the Quonset Development Corporation. 

Question 7 asks voters to approve $60 million for two targeted investments:

  • A $20 million investment in Quonset’s Port of Davisville.
This will invest in continued modernization and growth at Davisville, Rhode Island’s only public port. Plans include construction of a new Pier, the rehabilitation of Pier One (built in 1941) and dredging. This effort will allow Davisville to accommodate offshore wind project cargo while maintaining existing businesses, including one of North America’s most successful auto importers.

  • A $40 million investment in statewide Industrial Site Development. 
This investment would mirror Quonset’s successful “Site Readiness” initiative throughout Rhode Island. Site Readiness was a crucial element of Quonset’s expansion to a business park with more than 12,000 jobs at over 200 companies. Administered by the QDC, funds will support the statewide preparation of business-ready parcels for manufacturing and other job creating activities. These funds will support permitting, engineering, site preparation and construction, among other activities.

In support of Question 7, the R.I. Ports Coalition, a Rhode Island non-profit advocacy group, is preparing a campaign to advocate for voter approval. This organization also ran the successful 2016 campaign for the statewide port bond. Keep an eye out for an email with the campaign’s website and social media where you can follow along and pledge your support. 

Environmental Protection a Top Priority at Quonset
Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) recently took extraordinary measures to protect the marine environment in advance of a project to remove undersea rock from Narragansett Bay. The effort was part of a project to create a deeper channel to allow General Dynamics/Electric Boat Division (EB) to expand their submarine manufacturing operations and provide for the transfer of the modules between Quonset and EB’s Groton facility. The expanded manufacturing operations will lead to the hiring of thousands more Rhode Island workers.

 “Quonset Business Park is located directly on Narragansett Bay, and the QDC makes environmental concerns a top priority whenever any marine infrastructure project is undertaken,” said Steven J. King, P.E., QDC’s Managing Director. “We retained nationally recognized experts in their field for the protection of the aquatic environment and the identification of mitigation measures relating to the protection of essential fish habitat, endangered species and marine mammals”.

The work was completed on January 13 without any observed impact to marine mammals. Mr. King said that QDC and its contractors “used every known monitoring technique to protect marine mammals”. These included visual monitoring for the presence of marine mammals by a qualified marine mammal observer; passive acoustic monitoring; hydroacoustic side-scan sonar and a fish “startle” system.

The project, which required blasting, resulted in the removal of about 6,000 cubic yards of rock over an area of 30,000 square feet. “The numerous steps QDC took to make this project safe reflects our commitment to the marine environment and the protection of marine mammals,” King added. “The success of this effort demonstrates that responsible development can occur when environmental concerns are properly identified and adequately addressed.” 
Farewell to Two Longtime
Members of the Quonset Team
QDC said goodbye to two longtime employees who retired at the end of 2020. 

Jack Sprengel was Quonset’s Director of Operations for 26 years and the last uniformed Seabee at the former Davisville Construction Battalion Center Naval Base. Sprengel lowered the American flag when the Seabee base officially closed in 1994.

Daniel Lima was a Wastewater Treatment Facility Senior Operator for 42 years. Daniel was named the New England Wastewater Environmental Association’s Rhode Island Operator of the Year in 2006. 

Both were presented with Certificates of Special Recognition from Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo at the December 15 QDC Board of Directors meeting. 

“Jack and Daniel were essential members of our team who consistently contributed to Quonset’s success for many, many years,” said Steven J. King, P.E., QDC’s managing director. “We are grateful to both of them for their incredible years of service to Quonset and Rhode Island. We wish them the best of luck in their future journeys! “
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