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Okeanos to be Featured on "60 Minutes"
New Worker Training System
J. Goodison Plans Expansion at Quonset Point
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Okeanos to be Featured on "60 Minutes"

NOAA

NOAA's Okeanos Explorer, which will be home ported at the Quonset Business Park, will be featured this Sunday, November 29, on CBS's 60 Minutes program. The segment on ocean exploration will include streaming video from the Okeanos Explorer.  NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research worked with Dr. Bob Ballard and the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island to set up the connection with the ship, which was at sea off the coast of Hawaii at the time of filming.

Quonset broke ground in October on the new research and office center that will be constructed to support the home porting of the vessel, showing great synergy between two great Rhode Island gems: the Oceanography program at URI and Quonset's remarkable waterfront.
New Worker Training System
to Open Next Year

A new Trades Training Center to educate workers in trades such as welding, pipe-fitting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, diesel mechanics, CDL driver training and plumbing will be opening at Quonset. Funded with a $225,000 loan from the R.I. Economic Development Corporation (EDC) the new technical training center is slated to open next year. The center will be run by the family-run company Nationwide Diesel Technologies Inc., which already operates a technical training facility in Smithfield. The company said it plans to hire 15 employees for its Quonset location, and some Quonset companies have already expressed interest in collaborating with Nationwide Diesel to create custom-tailored programs specific to their business needs, the EDC said.

J. Goodison Plans Expansion at Quonset Point

The marine and industrial repair company, J. Goodison Co. says it will be purchasing land at Quonset and already has a contract for tugboat work with business park tenant, Senesco Marine. J. Goodison says it has secured $2.6 million in government contracts and is also benefiting from its newly granted HUBZone status. The status, from the Small Business Administration, is designed to promote economic development and employment growth by offering federal contracting opportunities.