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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-06-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 6-12, 2019 THE VALLEY 5 LINCOLN – Gov. Gina Raimondo and other dignitaries visited Lincoln last week to welcome a new business to town at 27 Wellington Road. The company, iXblue Defense Systems, has moved its U.S. head- quarters from Natick, Mass., to a newly renovated space formerly occupied by the medical supply manufacturer Vital Diagnostics Inc. IXblue's President and CEO, Mack Barber, admitted that it took some convincing to make a new home in the Ocean State, but that the governor's staff has been "tire- less" in helping them transition. "The governor said: whatever you need, call me," Barber said during a grand opening ceremony at the new facility last Friday. The company is eligible for the governor's Qualified Jobs Incentive Tax Credit, predicated on whether it hires 22 full-time employees by 2020. The anticipated median sal- ary of those jobs is $110,000. The total credits are estimated to be worth $1.03 million over the 10-year period. Raimondo said iXblue was pro- viding "the kinds of jobs we want" in R.I., and said the tax incentive program was one of several steps taken by her administration and the federal delegation to "make it easier to do business in R.I." She told company leaders, "This is where you belong. This is where you're going to grow. We're going to do everything we can to help make you successful." The navigational defense com- pany designs advanced global posi- tion systems (GPS) often used in undersea naval operations. In the fall, the company produced its first American-made line of Marins M5 fiber-optic gyroscopes at a facility in Cranston. That product is now in use by the U.S. Navy. The Marins M5 is the first of sev- eral products iXblue hopes to manu- facture in R.I. over the next several years. The company will operate its U.S. headquarters out of the refur- bished space on Wellington Road in Lincoln, while manufacturing out of the Cranston-based facility Federal Electronics. The 16,000-square-foot building in Lincoln's business park was pur- chased in October of last year from Prevco Realty LLC for $1.52 million. They employ roughly 600 people worldwide and do business with more than 40 countries, designing and manufacturing solutions for navigation, underwater imaging and positioning, shipbuilding and pho- tonics. Speaking at Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed laud- ed iXblue's partnership with the U.S. Navy and Newport's Naval Undersea Warfare Center. Congressman James Langevin said iXblue would be joining a "sea of excellence" in the defense field locally, particularly in undersea matters. According to a 2017 study conduct- ed by the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance, R.I. employs more than 30,000 people in the defense industry and annually contributes about $3.7 billion to the state's economy. iXblue Defense Systems makes Lincoln home By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Above, cutting the ribbon on iXblue Defense Systems' new U.S. headquarters in Lincoln last Friday are President and CEO Mack Barber, R.I. Commerce Corp. President Jesse Saglio, Sen. Jack Reed, Gov. Gina Raimondo, Congressman James Langevin, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and iXblue's General Manager Ted Curley. Gov. GINA RAIMONDO, above left, speaks about the state's effort to become more busi- ness friendly to attract companies like iXblue Defense Systems. Opening night of Ocean State Pops is Sunday at St. Ann's WOONSOCKET – Join new Music Director Dr. Brian Cardany in his inaugural season with the Ocean State Pops Orchestra, starting this Sunday, June 9, for opening night at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St. Cardany has planned a special cel- ebratory program featuring musical masterworks and audience favorites. The setting for what is billed as a moving concert is the stunning and historic venue dubbed "The Sistine Chapel of North America," states a release. Come for a great evening of fine art and music. Tickets are $16 plus a processing fee, available on EventBrite. Children under 12 are admitted for free at the door, subject to seating availability. Visit www.oceanstatepops.org for more. Make a clothespin photo wheel at library Monday LINCOLN – Teens ages 11-17 are invited to the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, on Monday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m., to make a DIY clothespin photo wheel. Participants will create a permanent decoration that can display photos. Register online at lincolnlibrary. com, stop by the Reference Desk, or call 401-333-2422, ext. 22, to sign up.

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