Maritime Economic Development: Davisville, Montreal

North Atlantic Distribution’s (NORAD) newest auto processing facility at the Port of Davisville officially opened March 4 with a ribbon-cutting by Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin, and various other dignitaries.

The facility adds 32,000 square feet to the vehicle processing capacity of what is already a leading U.S. auto handling port. In 2015, auto imports at Davisville set a record for the sixth year, a total of 227,021 compared to 178,215 in 2014. An additional 42,150 vehicles arrived by rail and truck, boosting the port’s 2015 vehicle count to 269,171. Auto imports are now six times the volume handled two decades ago.

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