First U.S. Port of Call: Next Generation Audi Wagon Arrives at the Port of Davisville
The Port of Davisville made history recently when the first batch of 2021 Audi RS6 Avant Wagons arrived in the United States. The 591 horsepower, all-wheel drive wagon will be arriving at dealerships in the next few weeks. Read more from Car and Driver.
U.S. Navy Secretary Visits Quonset
with RI Congressional Delegation
Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation and Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite (right) visited Electric Boat at Quonset recently to get a firsthand view of the progress on the $10 billion Columbia-class submarine program. 

The group also toured the progress on the new $800 million, one million square foot expansion of Electric Boat’s facility. Over the course of the next 10 years, Electric Boat plans to hire thousands of Rhode Islanders to work in this facility. 

North Kingstown Independent
Momentum Continues with New Construction at Quonset
As Rhode Island continues to navigate the COVID-19 economy, Quonset is preparing for the future.  

The Quonset Development Corporation began 2020 with an ambitious agenda of improvements, and the team continues to make these plans a reality, giving Rhode Island a competitive edge and creating new opportunities.

From investments in transportation infrastructure to port improvements to the construction of new facilities for tenants, Quonset continues to be a hub of activity. Current projects include: 
  • A $3 million grant-funded project for upgrades to the Mill Creek Rail Yard and a $500,000 project to construct a new bulkhead for the Rhode Island Fast Ferry Pier.
  • Continued construction of a 200,000 s/f, $100 million state-of-the-art meatpacking facility for Infinity Meat Solutions, which is expected to add more than 700 permanent jobs once completed.
  • Completion of the Pier 2 bulkhead rehabilitation project on the Pier’s east and north faces.

Learn more about the ongoing progress happening at the Business Park in Quonset Managing Director, Steven King’s latest NEREJ feature
Quonset Team Leads Global Search for PPE
When Gov. Gina Raimondo called Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) Managing Director Steven King in the early days of the pandemic, he answered. Throughout the spring and summer King, assisted by his American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) colleague Bill Young, led the effort to secure millions of dollars’ worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the people of Rhode Island. Recently ASCE News highlighted their work, and how King’s engineering training and background was essential to the efforts success.

Leading a diverse team of Quonset employees, staff from the RI Emergency Management Agency, state Department of Health and Gov. Raimondo’s office, King searched the globe for supplies, then negotiated deals that protected state taxpayers while ensuring that the equipment met specifications.

The overall accomplishment is staggering. The Rhode Island team secured 25 million gloves, 4 million N95 respirator masks, 20 million surgical masks, over 700,000 face shields, nearly a million surgical gowns and several hundred thousand coveralls.


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