On Friday, August 1, Senator Jack Reed joined Daniele, Inc. owners -- brothers Davide and Stefano Dukcevich -- for a discussion on growing Rhode Island’s food economy and a “hard hat” tour of Daniele’s new, state-of-the-art $60 million charcuterie factory. The facility, which is nearing completion, will be the largest and most modern plant of its kind in the world.
Daniele, Inc. has its roots in Italy, where it was originally founded seven decades ago before coming to Rhode Island in 1976, when Vlado Dukcevich came to America and built the first Daniele, Inc. prosciutto plant in Burrillville. Now a third-generation, family-owned and operated company, Daniele, Inc. produces premium gourmet meats using family recipes, traditional old world methods, and new technologies in their climate-controlled facilities that replicate conditions in Italy and ensure maximum freshness, quality, and safety.
In recent years, Daniele, Inc. has doubled in size from 150 employees in 2009 to more than 350 today. And the company, which started as one facility, now has three separate plants with a fourth soon to open. Their newest facility produces around 200,000 pounds of salami each week.
Reed, McCain, Pelosi, Miller Launch Bipartisan Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus for Military & Veteran Caregivers
On July 29, Senator Reed joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL) along with former Senator Elizabeth Dole and Hidden Heroes Caregivers to found a new congressional caucus dedicated to the 5.5 million spouses, parents, children and other loved ones serving as volunteer caregivers to America’s wounded warriors.
The Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus for Military and Veteran Caregivers, co-chaired by Leader Pelosi, Senator McCain, Senator Reed and Congressman Jeff Miller, will raise awareness and develop legislation in support of the millions of military and veteran caregivers tending to their ill and injured warrior at home.
Jack Reed through the years, from Pontiac Ave to the U.S. Senate.
On Monday, June 2, First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, other Navy officials, Electric Boat workers, and dignitaries from Rhode Island, Connecticut and Illinois gathered at Electric Boat's manufacturing plant in North Kingstown for a keel laying ceremony for the USS Illinois, a new Virginia-class submarine to be built in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Mrs. Obama is the ship's sponsor. During the event she wrote her initials on a metal plate, and a welder inscribed them; the plate will later be mounted on the submarine. This event marked the ceremonial beginning of the ship's construction and the start of work stemming from the 10 sub, $17.6 Billion contract announced by the Navy, Electric Boat and Sen. Reed in April 2014
Monday's event was a great tribute to the men and women of the US Navy and Rhode Island's defense industry.
Reed Visits Hope & Main Culinary Incubator, Announces $30 Million Grant Opportunity for Local Food Enterprises
Senator Jack Reed joined with local food entrepreneurs, officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Lisa Raiola, the founder of Hope & Main, on May 9 for a “hard hat” tour and firsthand look at efforts to transform a 100-year-old shuttered school building on Main Street in Warren into the state’s first full-service food business incubator. During the tour, Reed also announced the availability of $30 million in competitive grants for the newly-expanded Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP).
Set to open its doors later this summer, Hope & Main helps local entrepreneurs jump-start early-stage food businesses with a special focus on supporting the local food system. During the tour, Senator Reed and Ms. Raiola joined federal officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to meet with food entrepreneurs who are among the first members of the non-profit’s incubator program and discuss the next steps in supporting Rhode Island’s local food infrastructure.
Now in its final months of construction, Hope & Main’s 17,500-square foot multi-kitchen facility will provide commercial cooking and storage space for food entrepreneurs and small businesses that can’t afford the up-front costs of building their own commercial kitchens. When completed, the renovation will feature three shared-use commercial kitchens, including a gluten-free kitchen and bakery, over 6,000-square-feet of production space, cold and dry storage, a demonstration kitchen and classroom, and a 2,000-square-foot event space.
Hope & Main is now accepting applications and already hosting workshops to help teach prospective food entrepreneurs the recipe for starting a successful food business in Rhode Island, including how to produce, market, finance, and package their products for sale. Hope & Main is also set to partner with New Urban Farmers on a new, on-site community garden, and plans to host a farmers market.
Lawmakers, Navy, & Electric Boat Employees Celebrate New Submarine Contract for Electric Boat shipyard in Quonset
After years of work in Congress, this week the Navy awarded a $17.6 billion multi-year contract to General Dynamics to build 10 Virginia-class submarines. Senator Reed, the Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, joined with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; U.S. Representative James Langevin, a member of the House Armed Services Committee; U.S. Representative David Cicilline; Electric Boat leaders and employees; and Rear Admiral Kenneth M. Perry, the commander of Submarine Group Two, on May 2nd to celebrate this milestone and salute the skill of Electric Boat employees and their contributions to U.S. national security.
This Block IV agreement will help strengthen U.S. defense capabilities, is cost effective for taxpayers, and ensures a stable workload at the company’s Electric Boat (EB) shipyard in Quonset Point for many years to come. Electric Boat recently signed a new 25-year lease to remain at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown and plans to invest $150 million in upgrading their facilities in Rhode Island. EB currently employs about 2,800 workers in Rhode Island and projects they will hire an additional 600 people this year and as many as 3,000 employees at Quonset by 2020 to help build submarines.
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