Infinity Meat Solutions, a subsidiary of Retail Business Services (RBS), the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, has broken ground on a new 200,000 square foot protein-packaging facility located in Quonset Business Park. This $100 million capital investment will create more than 700 construction, supply chain, food manufacturing, and distribution jobs in Rhode Island.
The facility will handle beef, ground beef, pork and prepared meats for meal solutions, such as marinated, stuffed meats, and more.
RBS has partnered with Cargill Protein, which will consult on the construction of the facility, as well as the site’s operations, including management of the workforce. As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, the two firms donated 25,000 meals to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to support hunger relief and nutrition efforts in the state.
Retail Business Services announced that The Dennis Group is leading the project’s design-build team. DiPrete Engineering collaborated with Quonset Development Corporation and Retail Business Services on the land surveying and permitting and is now working with The Dennis Group on construction documentation.
“The project is identified as Parcel 34, located on Compass Circle in North Kingstown, and is Quonset Business Park’s only piece of undeveloped land,” said Sheryl Guglielmo, Project Manager at DiPrete Engineering. “Our firm has teamed with multiple clients on the site dating back to the early 2000s. It is great to see the teamwork between Quonset Development Corporation, Retail Business Services and Cargill Protein resulting in vertical construction.”
The new facility will add nearly $60 million of activity to Rhode Island’s economy each year and generate more than $10 million in additional state revenue over the next 10 years.
“With this facility, we’re excited to enhance supply chain operations as well as create hundreds of new jobs in Rhode Island,” said Roger Wheeler, President of Retail Business Services. “We appreciate the strong partnership with so many on this facility, especially the state of Rhode Island.”
JR Vinagro Corporation has started construction on the first phase of the project, which includes earthwork on the 33-acre site. Infinity Meat Solutions plans to open its doors in 2020.