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Meat Company Plans $100M Facility in Rhode Island

Thu June 21, 2018 - Northeast Edition #13
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo


Infinity Meat Solutions is a subsidiary of Retail Business Services, a services company of Ahold Delhaize USA.
Infinity Meat Solutions is a subsidiary of Retail Business Services, a services company of Ahold Delhaize USA.

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo made a major jobs announcement representing new opportunities for Rhode Islanders at all skill levels. In all, partnerships were approved with four companies bringing a total of more than 2,000 permanent jobs, $800 million in private development and more than 1,000 construction jobs to Rhode Island. Over 15 years, these four projects will add $118 million in new net revenue to the state.

Infinity Meat Solutions LLC will create 700 new food manufacturing and distribution jobs in Rhode Island. The company plans to build a new $100 million, 200,000 sq. ft. processing facility, which will support hundreds of additional construction jobs.

Raimondo also announced that iXblue, a maritime navigation manufacturer, is moving more than 20 jobs to Rhode Island from Massachusetts. After jobs are created in Rhode Island, the company will be eligible for an estimated $100,000 in Qualified Jobs incentives each year for up to 10 years. (add)ventures, an established Rhode Island marketing and communications firm, is expanding and hiring additional staff. The company will be eligible for an estimated $26,000 in Qualified Jobs incentives for up to 10 years.

The commerce board also approved investments in Electric Boat's facilities at Quonset Business Park that will allow Electric Boat to accelerate the hiring of 1,300 new employees. Electric Boat's $700 million expansion at Quonset is the state's second-largest PLA.

Infinity Meat Solutions is a subsidiary of Retail Business Services, a services company of Ahold Delhaize USA. Infinity is eligible for an average of approximately $948,000 in Qualified Jobs incentives each year for up to 10 years beginning when the company reaches certain hiring benchmarks and employees are paying Rhode Island income taxes. In addition, the company is eligible for $1.9 million in Rebuild RI tax credits to support the construction of its new facility and a sales tax rebate on construction materials purchased in Rhode Island. In all, Infinity Meat Solutions' decision to expand in Rhode Island 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.

“Retail Business Services has appreciated the strong engagement and support of Governor Raimondo, Secretary Pryor, and their team throughout this process. We're grateful for the Rhode Island Commerce Board's approval of these incentives for our subsidiary, Infinity Meat Solutions, to locate a state-of-the-art facility in Rhode Island and create jobs in the state,” said Retail Business Services President Roger Wheeler. “We look forward to finalizing the details and breaking ground for this facility in the coming months.”

“Today demonstrates exactly what we had in mind when we created these programs — recruiting new businesses to Rhode Island and helping existing Rhode Island businesses expand,” said Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor.

“These 2,000 new permanent jobs and 1,000 construction jobs will provide a wide array of employment opportunities to Rhode Islanders. So far 27 companies have expanded or landed in the Ocean State under Governor Raimondo's leadership. Our state has momentum and we must continue our efforts until all Rhode Islanders experience the economic progress we are making.”

Twenty-seven companies have relocated to Rhode Island or expanded their existing Rhode Island operations using the Qualified Jobs Tax Credit Program. The state's real estate investment programs are investing in 33 development projects that are creating nearly 7,000 construction jobs and injecting nearly $2 billion dollars of investment into Rhode Island. Appleseed estimates that combined these projects will add nearly $775 million dollars annually to the state's GDP. Over 15 years, these projects will add $271 million in net new revenue to the state.