Gov. Raimondo, Congressional Leaders Welcome First Neo-Panamax Ship
to Rhode Island
Gov. Raimondo joins the state's Congressional delegation, local leaders and QDC officials to welcome the captain of the Iris Leader today at the Port of Davisville
Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Rhode Island's Congressional leaders gathered at Quonset's Port of Davisville today to celebrate the arrival of the first Neo-Panamax ship to dock in Rhode Island. Senator Jack Reed
, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
, Congressman Jim Langevin
, Congressman David Cicilline
, and leaders from the state and North Kingstown were on hand for the event.
The Iris Leader
first Ro/Ro (roll-on/roll-off) vessel to transit the new Panama Canal locks, enabling it to call on East Coast ports in the United States. The Iris Leader
is approximately 34 meters (111.5 feet) wide and almost two feet wider than the old Panama Canal locks. The ship sailed to Quonset from Japan. To see pictures and video from the Iris Leader
's first transit through the new locks, click here.
"This is an exciting day for the Port of Davisville and Rhode Island," Governor Gina M. Raimondo said. "The Iris Leader
's arrival shows we are on the cusp of seeing even more business opportunities as a result of the expansion of the Panama Canal. This also serves as an important reminder that now is the time to ensure our port infrastructure can meet the demands of new opportunities in short sea shipping, off-shore wind projects, and continue to support the robust auto business at Quonset's Port of Davisville."
Consistently one of the Top 10 auto ports in North America, the Port of Davisville has experienced growth of 547 percent over the past 20 years. The port recently announced its sixth consecutive record breaking year for automobiles imported at the Port of Davisville in 2015. Governor Raimondo included a $90 million proposal in her state budget to modernize and reconstruct Pier 2 at the Port of Davisville, which was recently approved by the General Assembly. The investment would preserve hundreds of jobs in the maritime sector, solidify Davisville's position as the premiere marine commercial gateway to New England and add an additional 50 years to the pier's useful life.
Quonset Tenant, Toray Plastics,
Begins Construction on 28,000 SF
Toray Plastics (America) campus at
Quonset Business Park
Toray Plastics (America), Inc., a longtime tenant at Quonset Business Park, will begin construction on a new 28,800-square-foot facility to house a high-speed, 4.5- meter metallizer. Toray is the only U.S. manufacturer of polypropylene, polyester, metallized, and bio-based films. Construction of the new addition will be conducted by A. Autiello Construction of Cranston, Rhode Island and is expected to be completed by December 2016. Production of the new metallizer will commence in 2017.
"The addition of this advanced metallizer is part of a multi-year strategic plan to expand and automate production capabilities in order to support our customers' growing demand and maintain our position as the highest-quality, lowest-cost metallizer in North America," said Christopher Roy, Vice President and General Manager of the Torayfan® Division. "This important expansion is another example of Toray's commitment to technological innovation in both the OPP and PET marketplaces."
"We are in business for one reason: to serve our customers," says Mike Brandmeier, President and CEO. "It's an exciting time for them, and we are committed to supporting their growth."
Summer is the Perfect Time to Visit Quonset's Four Beaches
Compass Rose Beach at Quonset Business Park
Unbeknownst to many Rhode Islanders, Quonset Business Park is home to four public beaches with some of the best views of the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. The four beaches within the business park include: Blue Beach, Compass Rose Beach, Spink's Neck Beach, and Calf Pasture Point Beach. The summer months offer an ideal time for visitors to embrace the breathtaking beauty of the Ocean State and see all that is going on at the Park.
Blue Beach, includes a small beach with sand dunes to the south and a densely wooded fringe to the north and east. It is connected to a residential area and the Kiefer Wetland to the west. It features scenic views down the West Passage. It has a beautiful 1,000-foot stone-dust walking path which leads from the parking area on Circuit Drive to the beach.
Compass Rose Beach is a small sandy strip located off Roger Williams Way. While presently owned by the state Department of Transportation, as part of the airport property, it is leased by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation and managed by the QDC. It too, looks down the West Passage.
Spink's Neck Beach is a narrow, sandy strip located off Patrol Road not far from the North Kingstown Marina. The Little Allen Harbor area is an active working waterfront with several marine related businesses. The beach area features views of Narragansett Bay from Patience Island to Jamestown.
Calf Pasture Point Beach, which has been managed by the Town of North Kingstown since 2001, is a natural habitat that is home to many species of wildlife, sea-life, and waterfowl. Adjacent to the Mount View neighborhood, it sits along the Quonset Bike Pathand features views from East Providence to Warwick Neck to Jamestown and southward.
We encourage the public to come take advantage of these great beaches. You can also give us a call at 401.295.0044 X218 if you would like to schedule a tour of the Business Park during your visit. Enjoy the summer - just two months left!