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Irish company to build factory at Quonset Park

QUONSET — Greencore, a convenience food manufacturer, is coming to Quonset Business Park.

The Irish company said Tuesday it plans to build a 107,000-square-foot facility, which would house more than 390 employees, at the park. The new sandwich-making 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 good 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,” Gov. Lincoln 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.”

The Dublin-based company is a leading manufacturer of convenience foods in the United Kingdom and the United States, with a fast growing “food to go” business in the U.S. It employs more than 10,000 people worldwide.

The company, which will close facilities in Newbury and Brockton, Mass., said the new factory will better enable it to grow and serve existing markets in New England, as well as develop opportunities in New York.

“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.”

Under the terms of the proposed 50-year lease, Greencore will construct a new facility on a 15-acre parcel that is part of Quonset’s site-readiness program. The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) has completed all the permitting and engineering that a developer would have to conduct as part of “due diligence” in order to get a project underway. The success of the site readiness program is due in part to the collaboration with various state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), which were instrumental in securing all the baseline permits that a new business would need to develop the parcel. As a result, Greencore will be able to break ground on their facility by May 1 of this year.

The factory is scheduled to open in spring 2015.

“We look forward to having Greencore join our growing list of more than 175 companies at Quonset Business Park and having them here for many years to come,” QDC managing director Steven J. King said. “Quonset is the ideal place for companies to grow and succeed. We can help them do it, which in turn will help move Rhode Island’s economy forward.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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