General Dynamics’ Electric Boat to Increase Staffing and Suppliers in Rhode Island
New England Council member General Dynamics’ Electric Boat intends to expand its workforce in Rhode Island by between 1,000 and 1,500 employees this year, with the total growing to about 5,000 next year. In order to facilitate this, the defense contractor is investing $700 million at its Quonset facility in Rhode Island.
The Quonset facility currently employs about 4,500 workers. These workers have been building modules for Virginia-class submarines for the Navy, which are then assembled in Connecticut. The facility will begin construction of modules for the new Columbia-class submarines later this year. Many of the new employees at Quonset will be welders, fabricators, machinists, and electricians. The facility currently has over 140 suppliers in Rhode Island, and expenditures to these suppliers will grow as module production increases.
Explaining how the increased employment levels should be sustained through the 2030s and 2040s, President of General Dynamics’ Electric Boat said, “The people who will be building these submarines are in the school system today.”
The Council thanks General Dynamics’ Electric Boat for investing not only in national security, but also in the people and communities of New England.