Rhode Island Partners with Submarine Builder to Create New Jobs

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

Electric Boat (EB), a General Dynamics unit that designs and builds submarines for the U.S. Navy, plans to create an additional 3,000 jobs by 2027 with help from Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. Rhode Island set aside $4 million for EB job training out of the $15 million of state and federal money allocated for the governor’s workforce-training initiative.

The governor said company president Jeffrey Geiger asked for the state’s support training the workers it needed for its massive expansion. The expansion will increase total employment to about 18,000 from 15,000.

“He was essentially saying to me, ‘Look, we have these new contracts. We need to hire … thousands of people. We want to hire Rhode Islanders, but you need to do your part,’” Raimondo told the Providence Journal.

Electric Boat has invested $425,000 for the purchase of classroom equipment at the 14,500-square-foot training space in Westerly, R.I.

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