Gov. Chafee, QDC Board Set To Welcome Greencore USA and Nearly 400
Jobs to Quonset
Quonset, RI - Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) announced today that its Board of Directors is set to approve a 50-year lease that would bring Greencore USA and nearly 400 new jobs to Quonset Business Park. Greencore, a convenience food manufacturer, could break ground on a 107,000-square-foot facility by May 1st. The new facility could also be expanded another 40,000 square feet, positioning Greencore to employ more than 600 people at Quonset at full build out.
"This is a terrific day for Rhode Island, and another indication of how investing in our state assets can help create more jobs and propel our economy in the right direction," Governor Chafee said. "I commend Greencore for bringing a growing company here, and we look forward to showing the world how our resources and workforce can help a company achieve great success."
Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Greencore will construct a new facility on a 15-acre parcel that is part of Quonset's Site-Readiness program, which includes all the permitting and engineering that a developer would have to conduct as part of "due diligence" to get a project under way.
"We are pleased to be coming to Quonset Business Park and the State of Rhode Island," said Liam McClennon, CEO at Greencore USA. "In searching for the right location, we wanted to find a place where we could build quickly, have easy access to the major cities on the East Coast, and be in a place where we could grow in the future. Quonset met all those criteria perfectly - it is a world-class facility."
The QDC Board will vote on the lease this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. during their monthly public Board Meeting at the QDC Annex Building. To see the full release, click here.
Serving as the Director of Finance since November 2007, Mr. Barry has numerous responsibilities that reflect his high organization skills, and diligence.
"Kevin is responsible for all financial functions of the QDC, overseeing the annual budget, annual audits, lease payments, PILOT payments, Port fees/tariffs, and federal grant reimbursements, just to name a few," said Steven J. King, the managing director of the QDC. "We congratulate Kevin on this well deserved award and we are proud to have him as an integral member of our team."
Mr. Barry also serves as the quasi 'Director of Administration' within the corporation, overseeing all human resource practices, benefits programs, hirings/dismissals, and payroll. In addition, he is responsible for: coordinating the billing and accounting of all utilities provided to the tenants and North Kingstown residents by the QDC; managing a rail transportation fund between the QDC and Seaview Transportation; and, managing a joint capital fund the QDC shares with the Town of North Kingstown.
Mr. Barry will be honored along with nine others at the fourth CFO Awards event to be held Thursday, March 27, at the Bello Center on Bryant University Campus. Click here to wish Kevin your personal congratulations!
Touch-A-Truck event at Quonset
Set for May 10th
Local Boy Scouts are set to take over close to 50 acres of space at Quonset Business Park on Saturday, May 10, to hold a Touch-A-Truck event for kids and adults of all ages.
Spearheaded by Boy Scouts in Troop 31 Crompton and Cub Scouts in Pack 13 Centreville and Pack 17 Blackrock the event will feature military vehicles, fire trucks, police vehicles and construction equipment. The Rhode Island National Guard will be displaying some of the equipment from the upcoming Air Show, and as a special treat Quonset's train and equipment as well as rail cars from the Providence-Worcester Railroad, MBTA and Amtrak will be there.
Jack Sprengel, Director of Public Works for the QDC said the offer to host the event was a no brainer. "This is about helping the families who have their loved ones stepping forward to defend our country. Quonset has a deep military history, and we couldn't think of a more ideal place to bring the community together in a fun way and help support those families."
The event to attend will be $10 a car, and all event proceeds will go to the Rhode Island Military Relief Fund, which provides financial support to families whose loved ones are deployed overseas. To learn more about the event and how you can become a sponsor or help support it, click here.