RI Department of Labor and Training


DLT to Host Two-Day Job Fair Feb. 2-3 to Help Greencore USA, Inc., Hire 100 Workers at Quonset Business Park Location

A leading manufacturer of "food to go" packaged food options in the UK and US, Greencore will open its state-of-the-art flagship facility next month

January 30, 2015

The Business Workforce Center of the RI Department of Labor and Training (DLT) will host a two-day recruitment on Monday, Feb. 2, and Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Providence netWORKri Career Center at One Reservoir Avenue, Providence.

Greencore Group is a leading manufacturer of "food to go" packaged food options in the UK and the US. Its US subsidiary, Greencore USA, Inc., will open a brand-new production facility at Quonset Business Park in March. Commerce RI played the lead role in recruiting Greencore to Rhode Island. Greencore USA is looking to hire about 100 food production technician positions at the two fairs.

When fully staffed, its RI location should have close to 400 employees, from entry-level production to highly-skilled technical positions. All positions are full-time and offer a full benefit package.

The job fairs are free and open to the public. They're the result of collaboration among Greencore USA, Inc., the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC), the Governor's Workforce Board-Rhode Island (GWB), the Workforce Partnership of Greater RI, Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston, and DLT. Attendees should be prepared for an on-site interview, dress appropriately, and provide copies of his/her résumé. Valuable tips on how to be more successful at a job fair may be found at www.dlt.ri.gov/bwc/JFSuccess.htm.

Governor Gina M. Raimondo said, "I welcome Greencore USA to Rhode Island and the Quonset Business Park. A smart and innovative market leader in the convenience foods industry, Greencore is just the kind of business that Rhode Island needs to attract - a company that will create good, middle-class jobs for Rhode Island families. My Administration is committed to seeing that Greencore makes it in Rhode Island. Next week's recruitment is an important step toward our goal."

Greencore USA CEO, Liam McClennon, said, "We are absolutely delighted to be opening this new facility in Quonset. We had a number of options on where to locate this new site and it quickly became apparent that Quonset would be the ideal location for us. The State of Rhode Island has been very helpful and responsive to our specific needs and the Quonset Development Corporation has been incredibly supportive throughout the process, something which we are extremely grateful for."

"We are thrilled to have Greencore joining the 195 companies and more than 10,000 people now working at Quonset Business Park," said Steven J. King, Managing Director of the QDC. "We are committed to doing everything we can to help our tenant companies succeed, and alongside QuonsetJobs.com these job fairs are an important piece of that effort."

Greencore USA anticipates that its state-of-the-art flagship facility will not only enable the company to better serve existing markets in New England, but also to develop new opportunities in New York. The central location of the Quonset Business Park, which affords easy access to major East Coast cities, a fast-tracked site-readiness program assisted by the RI Department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Council, and an incentivized lease package were three deciding factors in the company's decision to relocate to Rhode Island.

At the recruitment on Feb. 2-3, Greencore also will be recruiting for positions including production line lead, production line operative, production material handler, production prep operative, and production supervisor. Executive and management positions have been filled through Greencore's ongoing partnership with DLT.

About Greencore USA, Inc: Greencore USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Greencore Group, plc, established in 1991 and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Greencore Group, plc, is a publically traded company listed on the London Stock Exchange and has operations in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the US and employs over 10,000 people worldwide. Greencore supplies both the convenience and small store channels and the grocery channels with food-to-go, chilled prepared meals, chilled soups and sauces, ambient sauces and pickles, cakes and desserts, and Yorkshire puddings.

About Commerce RI: Commerce RI is the official economic development organization for the state of Rhode Island. Commerce RI's mission is to work with public, private, and non-profit partners to create the conditions for businesses in all sectors to thrive and to improve the quality of life for our citizens by promoting the State's long-term economic health and prosperity.

About Quonset Development Corporation: The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) is a real estate development and property management company. Formed in 2005, it is responsible for the development and management of the 3,207 acre Quonset Business Park®. Quonset Business Park is the home to almost 200 companies, more than 10,000 full- and part-time jobs, and the Port of Davisville, which is a Top Ten auto-importer in North America.

About the RI Department of Labor and Training: The RI Department of Labor and Training (DLT) offers employment services, educational services, and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island's workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates, and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. The Business Workforce Center simplifies doing business in RI by coordinating job fairs, pre-screening applicants, and connecting employers with innovative methods to remain or become competitive.