Irish food company to build plant, hire hundreds in RI

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore USA has announced plans to build a 107,000-square-foot facility at Quonset Business Park.

The facility is expected to employ more than 390 workers.

The company would also be allowed to expand another 40,000 square feet, which could allow for the employment of more than 600 people.

The Quonset Development Corp. Board of Directors is set to approve a 50-year lease for the company.

The QDC has already completed permitting and engineering for the site, allowing for a May first groundbreaking.

Greencore USA is a subsidiary of Greencore Group, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

It makes food items for convenience stores, supermarkets and small stores.

Its customers include Starbucks and 7-Eleven.