In This Issue
Gov. Chafee Announces Record Breaking Year at Port of Davisville
Dredging Project Completed On Time at No Cost to Taxpayers
Patterson & Simpson Depart QDC Board
News About Quonset    

New England Real Estate Journal:
Congressional delegation helps with tenants' success 


Providence Journal: EB plans to add 600 jobs at Quonset  


North East Independent: 
Electric Boat to hire 200 this year in Quonset 

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Governor Lincoln D. Chafee Announces 

Record Breaking Year for Auto-Imports 

at Quonset's Port of Davisville 


14.6% Increase Over 2011; 

Third Straight Record Breaking Year    

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee joined with state officials and local business leaders today to announce that the Port of Davisville at Quonset Business Park had a record breaking year for automobiles imported by ship. In 2012, more than 172,000 automobiles were imported at the Port, with another 41,000 autos coming by rail and 2,300 coming by truck. Vehicles arriving at the Port of Davisville are processed, finished and distributed across the country by North Atlantic Distribution, Inc. (NORAD), a long-time Quonset tenant.

Today's figures reflected a 14 percent increase over 2011's record-breaking numbers. That year, the Port of Davisville was ranked as the 7th largest auto-importer in North America. The Port is a key component of the Quonset Business Park, which is already considered one of the premiere business parks in New England and one of the largest in the Northeast. Quonset is now home to more than 175 companies, employing approximately 9,100 people in full-time and part-time jobs across several industries.

"I am pleased to be here today to announce another success story at Quonset," Governor Chafee said. "It's not only an important achievement for our state, but one made possible
by NORAD - a long-standing Rhode Island company that employs more than 300 people at the Park."

"NORAD and the QDC are working in tandem to help spur greater job growth and economic development. Today's news is an excellent example of the public and private sectors working together and succeeding," Chafee concluded. 

The on-going support of U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with U.S. Rep James Langevin, has been to the recent success at the Port, added Steven J. King, PE, Managing Director of the QDC.

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Dredging Project Completed
On Time at No Cost to Taxpayers 


Governor Lincoln D. Chafee also announced today that the maintenance dredging project that began in late October at the Port of Davisville is now complete. The project was finalized earlier this week, ahead of the January 31st deadline. The dredging re-established a depth of minus 32' below mean low water in and around the berthing facilities at the Port, and allows Davisville to accommodate the design draft of the car carriers that call on the Port. Requiring no taxpayer funding, it was the first dredging effort of the Davisville channel since its original construction in the 1940s. 

"The Port of Davisville is building a strong reputation as one of the best ports in the Northeast to do business," said Evan Matthews, the QDC's director of the Port of Davisville. "This project will ensure that our current partners and future customers know we are committed to providing them with a world class infrastructure when they come here to deliver their cargo." 
Matthews noted the pivotal role of the Legislative Port Commission, chaired by state Sen. William Walaska 
(D-Warwick) and state Rep. Deb Ruggiero (D-Jamestown, Middletown), in the successful completion of the project.

With Grateful Appreciation:

Patterson and Simpson 

Depart QDC Board of Directors


John G. Patterson/Jack G. Simpson
John G. Patterson/Jack G. Simpson 


At the end of December, the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) bid adieu to two of the longest serving members of its Board of Directors. Both John A. Patterson and Jack G. Simpson served on the QDC Board from 2005 until December 2012. During their tenure, the Quonset Business Park underwent an incredible transformation, adding more than 3,000 jobs.

Mr. Patterson was appointed to serve on the QDC Board by the Board of North Kingstown. Prior to the formation of the QDC, Patterson had been chosen by Governor Almond in 1995 to serve on the board overseeing Quonset, making his tenure even longer than most others. Patterson attended elementary school in Davisville and at his last Board meeting reflected on his long history at Quonset. "[It was] my Disney World with swimming, bowling, movies and more at my finger tips. One summer I was even the bat boy for the Quonset NAS Flyers baseball team," he said.

Mr. Simpson was appointed to serve on the QDC Board by the Town of East Greenwich. He has more than 30 years of experience in senior and executive management positions in sales, marketing, and business development. His experience working with smaller businesses to raise needed capital to grow their companies was an invaluable asset in the development of the QDC.

At their final QDC Board meeting in December, both were presented with a plaque honoring them for their "years of outstanding service and devotion," with grateful appreciation from the QDC. Board members Barbara Jackson and Kas R. DeCarvalho, were also honored for their service on the board, and will remain in those positions until their successors are named.