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Aspen Aerogels Celebrates Major Expansion to East Providence Manufacturing Facility

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI –  Aspen Aerogels celebrated the completion of its third manufacturing line at its facility in East Providence, RI today.  Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Mayor Thomas A. Rose of East Providence, and local community leaders joined the energy technology manufacturer for a ribbon cutting and tour of the company’s new Line 3 facility. The $30 million project was an important step in Aspen’s long-term strategy for growth and will expand the company’s capacity by 25 percent to meet the growing demand of its customers.

“I am honored to be here today to celebrate another innovative and growing company in Rhode Island,” said Governor Raimondo, who spoke at the event.  “Aspen’s investment in our state and their continuous growth is a clear sign that companies can make it in Rhode Island and bring more jobs to the Ocean State.”

Aspen Aerogels is a leading energy technology company which develops and manufactures innovative, high-performance aerogel insulation used primarily in large-scale energy infrastructure facilities.  Aspen employs more than 180 people in Rhode Island.

Since Line 3’s official opening on March 15th, 16 full-time production operators have been hired.  It is predicted that the workforce will grow by 10 to 15 percent this year throughout the company, including positions in manufacturing, engineering, sales and marketing, and research and development.  In addition to the in-house hires, more than 100 construction jobs were created as part of the project.

“I am pleased to have worked with Aspen Aerogels for over a decade to help them grow and expand here in Rhode Island.  Aspen helps their customers, including the military, operate more efficiently,” said U.S. Senator Reed, the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, who has worked with Aspen Aerogels since 2002 to help them do business with the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Defense.  “This marks the second major expansion of Aspen’s manufacturing facilities and productivity here in East Providence in the last several years.  It is great to see this type of investment in the community and I remain committed to doing all I can to help Aspen and other local businesses succeed.”

“For centuries, some of the most innovative and highest quality products have been manufactured right here in Rhode Island,” said Senator Whitehouse. “Companies like Aspen Aerogels are continuing that tradition in exciting new areas like energy efficiency. Congratulations to everyone at Aspen Aerogels on this new facility.”

Aspen’s support and participation in the local community was also highlighted.

“Aspen is a well-respected member of our community,” said Mayor Rose, Ward 3.  “We greatly value their presence here.  Aspen is a great example of investment in East Providence’s waterfront and has great potential to drive economic development, job growth, and bring extra revenue to the City.”
Don Young, President and Chief Executive Officer at Aspen Aerogels expressed his gratitude to Rhode Island leaders and the community.

“We know that the launch of this new facility would not have been possible without the support and encouragement from the state of Rhode Island and East Providence,” Young said at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We are deeply committed to the people working here at Aspen Aerogels, this community, and this state.  All of them are integral to our growth, and we look forward to being here for many years ahead,” he added.
About Aspen Aerogels, Inc.

Aspen Aerogels is an energy technology company that designs, develops and manufactures innovative, high-performance aerogel insulation.  Used primarily in large-scale energy infrastructure facilities, Aspen’s Pyrogel and Cryogel insulation products provide superior performance, enabling customers to save energy, improve yields, increase profits and provide a safer working environment. Headquartered in Northborough, Mass., Aspen Aerogels manufactures its Cryogel®, Pyrogel® and Spaceloft® products at its facility in East Providence, R.I.

 

 

Governor Raimondo, Senator Reed, Senator Whitehouse and East Providence Leaders to Celebrate Opening of Aspen Aerogels’ Line 3 Facility

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – Aspen Aerogels, an energy technology company, will celebrate the completion of its third manufacturing line with a ribbon cutting on Monday, October 26.  Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Mayor Thomas A. Rose of East Providence, local officials and community members will be in attendance.  The company’s $30 million project is an important step in its long-term strategy for growth.  The new line expands the facility’s capacity by 25% to meet the growing demand of its customers and has led to a number of job openings.

 

What:    Aspen Aerogels Line 3 Ribbon Cutting

 

When:   Monday, October 26, 2015, 11 a.m.

 

Where:  Aspen Aerogels
3 Dexter Rd, East Providence, RI 02914

 

Who:     Governor Gina Raimondo

Senator Jack Reed
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Mayor Thomas A. Rose (East Providence)
Don Young, CEO & President Aspen Aerogels

 

 

About Aspen Aerogels, Inc.

Aspen Aerogels is an energy technology company that designs, develops and manufactures innovative, high-performance aerogel insulation.  Used primarily in large-scale energy infrastructure facilities, Aspen’s Pyrogel and Cryogel insulation products provide superior performance, enabling customers to save energy, improve yields, increase profits and provide a safer working environment. Headquartered in Northborough, Mass., Aspen Aerogels manufactures its Cryogel®, Pyrogel® and Spaceloft® products at its facility in East Providence, R.I.

Governor Raimondo and Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Launch New Website Focused on Helping the Latino Business Community

PROVIDENCE, RI —As part of her economic development strategy, Governor Raimondo has charged the Commerce Corporation with the launch of a new website specifically for the Latino entrepreneur community –http://www.latinocommerceri.com.

The new website will be an online resource to strengthen and empower Latino entrepreneurs to grow their enterprises in Rhode Island. The website is supported by a network of successful Latino business owners who serve as mentors and advisors.

“My number one priority is to make it easier for companies to do business in Rhode Island,” said Governor Raimondo. “Our economy is energized by entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. I am excited to launch this initiative and website to help Latino businesses flourish in our state.”

“We need to ensure that all businesses have access to the support and resources they need to succeed,” said Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor. “The combination of our Commerce Corporation website, the new Latino Entrepreneurs website, and our recently launched Business Navigation Center will offer such access and will lead to such success.”

The website aims to connect entrepreneurs with resources and opportunities; foster mentorship, coaching, and role modeling; and share best practices and success stories within the community.

A launch event took place at Los Andes Restaurant in Providence – the wildly successful Peruvian and Bolivian restaurant started by Cesin Curi, a Latino entrepreneur. Mr. Curi is one of the four success stories currently featured on the website.

About Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is the full-service, official economic development organization for the state of Rhode Island. A quasi-public agency, the corporation serves as a government and community resource to help streamline the business expansion in, and relocation to, Rhode Island. The agency assists companies with commercial real estate, business financing, workforce training and other relevant issues.www.commerceri.com

 

Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza Declare Diaper Need Awareness Week

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza have issued proclamations recognizing National Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 28-October 4) at the State and City levels in support of Project Undercover. Diaper need, or the struggle to provide enough clean, dry diapers for all children, is a problem that afflicts one in three families, and 30% of mothers nationwide. Project Undercover, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the only organization in Rhode Island working exclusively to reduce diaper need.

National Diaper Need Awareness Week is organized by the National Diaper Bank Network. This is Project Undercover’s second year participating, and the first time it has gained official recognition by local governments. Several businesses and community organizations will also be supporting the effort by organizing diaper drives, including the Hope Street Merchants Association, The Arcade in Downtown Providence, Festival Ballet, and the Providence Community Library. Project Undercover, along with the Governor’s and Mayor’s Offices and other participants, will employ social media to drive conversation around Diaper Need Awareness Week using the hash tags #DiaperNeed and #AProblemWeCanSolve.

“Diaper need is a major problem for so many families in our state, affecting not just the health of children, but the economic prospects for parents forced to miss work because they can’t send children to daycare without a proper supply of diapers,” said Project Undercover Founder/President Richard Fleischer. “We believe that in the smallest state, diaper need should be a problem we can solve and we’re so grateful that Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza and many others are willing to help.”

“My core belief is that every hardworking family deserves the chance to make it in Rhode Island and we need to do everything possible to make sure that happens,” said Raimondo. “As a mother, I understand that parents need to feel secure that their children will have basic necessities like clean diapers, socks, and underwear in order to focus on larger issues like job security. I am grateful for the work of Project Undercover and their partner agencies to fix this problem in Rhode Island.”

“National Diaper Need Awareness Week is a chance to educate people across the country about the reality of diaper need in our society,” said Mayor Elorza. “With one in three mothers at times finding themselves without enough diapers to keep their babies healthy and clean, this is a quality of life problem. I am proud that Providence will have diaper drives throughout the City to address this issue locally and hope that we as a community will do all we can to help.”

Project Undercover welcomes any individuals, community organizations, or businesses that are interested in participating by organizing a diaper drive. More information about National Diaper Need Awareness Week and Project Undercover’s work, and an updated list of diaper drives, are available at projectundercover.org.

About Project Undercover

Over 45,000 kids in Rhode Island don’t have access to clean, new underwear, socks, and diapers. Project Undercover provides these necessities to children living in poverty by engaging communities, increasing public awareness, and partnering with social service providers to distribute these items to families in need. Project Undercover’s goal is to meet the emergency needs of these 45,000 kids by supplying 1,000,000 diapers and 180,000 pairs of underwear and socks every year. Learn more at projectundercover.org.

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