NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Port of Davisville at Quonset Business Park had its third consecutive record-breaking year, according to Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, who joined state officials and local business leaders on Wednesday to announce the port’s success.
At the Port of Davisville in 2012, more than 172,000 automobiles were imported, with another 41,000 autos coming in by rail and 2,300 coming by truck. Vehicles that arrive at the business park are processed, finished and distributed across the country by long-time Quonset tenant North Atlantic Distribution Inc.
According to a press release put out by the Quonset Development Corporation, the import figures for the Port of Davisville reflected a 14.6 percent increase over 2011’s record-breaking numbers.
For 2012, the Port of Davisville was ranked as the seventh largest auto-importer in North America and the release went on to call the port “a key component of the Quonset Business Park.”
The park is home to more than 175 companies, which employ roughly 9,100 people in full- and part-time positions.
“NORAD and the QDC are working in tandem to help spur greater job growth and economic development. Today’s news is an excellent example of the public and private sectors working together and succeeding,” said Chafee in prepared remarks.
At the same time, the governor reported that the dredging project at the port had been completed, ahead of the Jan. 31 deadline.
The work, which was paid for by user fees and was the first such work done since the channel’s original construction in the 1940s, returns the mean low water depth to 32 feet, which will help accommodate the car carriers that come to the port.