RI non-profit expands into bigger Quonset facility
By Alana Cerrone
A brand new 83,000-square foot manufacturing plant will help Rhode Island-based non-profit Edesia and its founder, Rhode Island native Navyn Salem, treat over 2 million malnourished children each year with their specially-created foods.
"We will be able to double our capacity with the humanitarian emergencies we deal with...whether it's the drought in Ethiopia or the Syrian refugee crisis."
Edesia's new Quonset facility will turn out over 2.5 million packets of food every week.
Because Edesia's products get shipped worldwide, the company still uses a bigger port out of New York, but the Port of Davisville here in Quonset is a top ten auto importer in all of North America.
Senator Jack Reed commented on the success of Quonset Business Park. "This is one of the few places in the country that has a deepwater port...a rail...an airport...all within a half mile from one another. We’re gonna use this as a way to build the Rhode Island economy."
Two years ago, another food manufacturer, Greencore, moved from Massachusetts to Quonset, signing a 50-year lease in exchange for a 25 percent rent reduction.
Quonset’s Managing Director, Steven J. King, said, "we have over 200 businesses now with over 11,000 employees here...but there are still several sites available for additional growth."
Edesia's Quonset plant will start with 70 employees and add more over the course of its 25-year lease...which gives the company a 16 percent rent reduction.
"We knew if given the chance we could run more efficiently based on our 6 years of experience...our goal is to reach more children with less dollars."