The End of an Era
Two long-time members of the Quonset team are retiring from the QDC this summer. Katherine Trapani, our Planning Director for over 10 years and Kevin Barry, our long-time Finance Director, have both been key to our success and they will be missed. Good luck in the future and thank you!

Read more about Katherine and Kevin’s accomplishments together in the link below. 
Trussco Invests in a Future at Quonset Business Park
Trussco is a leading regional manufacturer of wood products for the construction industry and a real success story at the Quonset Business Park. While they have operated their manufacturing headquarters at the Business Park since 1989, Trussco has grown remarkably in the last four years.

Stark Truss, the new parent company that employs 800 people across 14 locations, purchased Trussco’s North Kingstown headquarters in 2015. Quonset’s location was a driving factor in Stark Truss expansion into Rhode Island and their decision to invest over $500,000 in technological upgrades at the plant. Quonset’s Southern New England location enables Stark Truss to serve their large customer base in Boston, New York and Hartford. The 14 miles of freight rail lines through the Business Park and close proximity to Interstate 95 also make it easy to ship supplies into the Park and quickly get finished products to their end locations. 

Stark Truss has not only invested in a future at Quonset but is sharing their family-first company ethos, as well. Stephen Yoder, president of Stark Truss, says that the management team is committed to creating a family atmosphere, and want their employees feel like they are a part of something larger than themselves. For instance, their main office in Canton, Ohio is called Corporate Support instead of “Corporate Headquarters.” 

In addition to being a family-first company, Stark Truss donates 10% of all profits to the Abner-Esther Yoder Foundation, which supports humanitarian-based missions around the world, in honor of Stark Truss founders Abner and Esther Yoder. The foundation recently helped build a hospital in Guatemala, and is dedicated to lending their building expertise and leftover materials to projects in need.

Quonset is excited to see Trussco’s continuing growth! 
J. Goodison Co. Receives Over
$500K Federal Grant for Expansion
Another Quonset company has seen great success in recent months. J. Goodison Co. is a regional leader in providing maritime repair services to commercial and government vessels. In June, they received a $518,538 federal grant to purchase much needed equipment and expand its workforce. The grant comes from the U.S. Maritime Administration’s fiscal year 2019 Small Shipyard Grant Program.

“Rhode Island’s shipyards are among the best in the country,” said Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed. “The Small Shipyard Grant Program helps these local businesses compete to build and service ships for the government and private sector, bringing more jobs and opportunities to the Ocean State and enhancing our domestic shipbuilding and manufacturing base. As always, this was a competitive process, and I commend J. Goodison for putting together a strong application.”

“This grant will help give our workers the modern tools they need for the shipyard to provide faster and more efficient service in a safer, more environmentally sustainable manner,” said Jack Goodison, owner and partner of the company. “It is a win for the entire Northeast maritime community. We thank Sen. Reed and the entire Rhode Island congressional delegation for supporting this project and supporting our Quonset Point operation.”

Read more below about the other recent successes of J. Goodison Co. 

Providence Business News

New England Real Estate Journal
Quonset Board of Directors
Welcomes Two New Members

Quonset is happy to welcome Brendan Doherty (bottom) and Don Gralnek (top) to our Board of Directors. 

Brendan Doherty, of Wakefield, is the Director of Special Investigations for Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island. Doherty served as the 11th superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police as well as the first Commissioner of Public Safety, an office that oversees the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal, E911, Capitol Police, Municipal Police Academy and Rhode Island Grants Administration Office. His decorated career in public service has earned him the NAACP Community Service Award, the Rhode Island Big Brothers Humanitarian Award, and the American Red Cross Life Saving Award.

Don Gralnek is a resident of Barrington. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Executive Director of the Providence Redevelopment Agency (PRA), and a member of the Barrington Board of Appropriations until 2017. Under his leadership the PRA undertook major projects including the rehabilitation of the George C. Arnold Building on Washington Street and the South Street Landing nursing academic-center project in the Knowledge District.

We are excited to welcome these two accomplished leaders to our team! 
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