Gov. Chafee Joins Senator Reed, Representative Langevin and Representative Cicilline to Mark Expansion of Business at the Port of Davisville

Quonset, R.I. – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, Senator Jack Reed, Representative Jim Langevin, and Representative David Cicilline joined with leaders from North Atlantic Distribution, Inc (NORAD) and the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) to announce a major expansion of business at the Port of Davisville today. The announcement, that Honda will begin shipping autos to the Port of Davisville starting in 2014, is another key sign of growth in the Port’s emergence as one of the largest auto-importers in North America. The autos will be finished and processed by North Atlantic Distribution, Inc.

“Today’s announcement is another indication of how capitalizing on our assets will bring more business to Rhode Island,” said Governor Chafee. “By investing in the infrastructure to modernize the Port and creating an environment where our companies can succeed we are seeing an increase in commerce and economic development that benefits all of Rhode Island.”

Quonset Business Park is already one of the premiere business parks in New England and one of the largest in the Northeast. It is a main driver of economic growth and job creation in Rhode Island. Quonset is home to 175 companies, employing more than 9,100 people in every sector of the economy. The Port of Davisville is the 7th largest auto importer in North America.

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