Infinity Meat Solutions, a subsidiary of Retail Business Services, has broken ground on a new 200,000ft² protein packaging facility in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, US.
Infinity Meat Solutions will handle beef, ground beef, pork and prepared meats in the new facility, which will be situated in the Quonset Business Park.
The facility will create over 700 food manufacturing, supply chain and distribution jobs in Rhode Island.
Retail Business Services president Roger Wheeler said: “With this facility, we’re excited to enhance supply chain operations, as well as create hundreds of new jobs in Rhode Island. We appreciate the strong partnership with so many on this facility, especially the State of Rhode Island. We look forward to the completing the project and opening our doors in the first half of 2020.”
Cargill Protein is consulting on the construction of the facility and managing the site’s operation and workforce.
The Dennis Group has been selected as the design-build firm for the facility, which will account for over $100m of investment in the state.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said: “With the creation of 700 new jobs and a $100 million facility in Quonset, Infinity Meat Solutions is committed to the future of Rhode Island.
“This groundbreaking is tangible proof that our economic development approach is working. I’m excited that construction is officially underway, and I’m already looking forward to the ribbon cutting!”
In May this year, the Board of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation voted to authorize Infinity Meat Solutions tax credits from the Rebuild Rhode Island and Qualified Jobs Tax Credit Programs.
Infinity Meat Solutions is eligible for $1.9m 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.
The company will add about $60m of activity to Rhode Island’s economy every year and generate over $10m in additional state revenue over the next 10 years.
Retail Business Services is the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, currently delivering services to six East Coast grocery brands.