Edesia to build new facility in Quonset

NORTH KINGSTOWN — More jobs are coming to Quonset.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Quonset Development Corporation’s Board of Directors approved a 25-year lease of 10 acres in the Quonset Business Park to Edesia – a company that manufactures ready-to-use foods that target malnutrition.

Officials said the deal could create between 75 and 100 new jobs.

Navyn Salem, executive director of Edesia, said the company has outgrown its Providence facility since it opened five years ago and needed to expand to keep up with product demand.

“We couldn’t push the walls out any further,” she said after Tuesday’s meeting.

Plans call for the construction of a roughly 85,000-square-foot manufacturing and storage facility on the corner of Romano Vineyard Way and Northrup Road – just northeast of Ocean State Job Lot’s headquarters. The site could also accommodate expansion of the building by another 25,000 square feet.

Salem said the company chose Quonset because of the site readiness program and because of the existing rail line in the park.

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