New Quonset facility to bring 400 jobs, boost economy

By ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

More information on the story ABC6 News first broke on Monday – Rhode Island is about to welcome a major boost to its economy. Hundreds of jobs are coming here, and we now know who's bringing them.

The new company coming to the Quonset Business Park is called ‘Greencore', a firm based in Ireland which makes convenience food items.

Greencore is going to build a huge production facility on vacant land in the Quonset Business Park.

Initially, the company will employee about 400 people, but could eventually expand to 1,000 jobs.

Greencore will be housed in a 107,000 square foot facility. Community leaders say that many new employees, and perhaps residents, will boost the North Kingstown economy.

Martha Pughe of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce says, “They are coming in and out, using our businesses…on a daily basis, stopping at Dave's Marketplace on their way home; stopping at TJ Maxx; looking at all the eateries for lunchtime; you have Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar; Great Harvest Bread; Bravo Pizza; Pier Pizza; all kinds of different places.”

A formal announcement is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Quonset Development Corporation board meeting with Governor Chafee in attendance.

By the way, Rhode Island's gain is Massachusetts' loss. Greencore will be shutting down two facilities in the Bay State to move its operations to Quonset.

ABC6 News will have more on this story as it develops.

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