You Heard that Right
The April 28th edition of Quonset Points summarized "Rhode Island's Ports: Opportunities for Growth," the recent report commissioned by a special legislative commission studying Rhode Island's ports. Among the findings was that auto imports at Quonset had quadrupled over the last fifteen years.
Based on some feedback we received, some of our readers wondered if this news was too good to be true.
So here's the good news again: it is a fact that auto imports at Davisville have practically quadrupled in the past 15 years.
In 1996, 35,084 autos came through Quonset - a very encouraging number at the time. But the business has since grown steadily. The final number of imported autos for 2010 was 134,575. Indeed, that is nearly four times the 1996 figure. The projection for 2011 is for 180,000 autos, more than five times the 1996 figure.
The report also found that Quonset's Port of Davisville was the eighth-largest - and second-fastest-growing - auto importer in North America during 2010. Davisville's business was eight times that of the Port of Boston and the largest in New England. Additionally, 55,000 cars came to Quonset by rail for processing and distribution in 2010.
Overall, the study confirmed Quonset's strategic approach to growing its port business, which focuses on expanding the auto business, possibly expanding its food cargo business, and preparing for potential growth in container short sea shipping and the wind energy construction market.
Visits Quonset Tomorrow
U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin, whose support for federal investment in the Quonset Business Park has helped make it a Rhode Island success story, will visit tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7th. Rep. Langevin, who has visited many Quonset businesses over the years, was most recently on hand to cut the ribbon at the Business Park's new Marriott last month.
U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin
Congressman Langevin will also be at Dave's Marketplace in the Gateway for lunch between noon and 1:00 p.m. to see Business Park employees and nearby residents who want to have a conversation or just say "Hi".
At Seafreeze, the congressman will see a state-of-the-art facility for distribution of fresh-caught, frozen fish. It is adjacent to both the Port of Davisville and a rail spur that was recently improved as part of the federal TIGER grant which he was instrumental in securing.
Summer Fun at Quonset Point
Quonset has 8,800 jobs at 168 companies, but it's not all business. Summer brings out the fun at Quonset Point, and you don't have to work here to be able play here.
Quonset's beaches are at Calf Pasture Point, Compass Rose, Blue Beach and Spink's Neck Beach. Each is handicapped-accessible and open to the public. The 2.5-mile Quonset bike path runs along the northern edge of the Quonset Business Park, stretching from Post Road to the Calf Pasture Point Nature Preserve and the waterfront.
The North Kingstown Municipal Golf Course, a public 6,200 yard, 18-hole, par 70 course is located right in the middle of Quonset Business Park. The course is a popular destination for Rhode Islanders, with views overlooking Narragansett Bay.
This summer, make a plan to spend a day of fun at Quonset!