Rhode Island Commerce Corporation | Key Industries in Rhode Island
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DEFENSE, SHIPBUILDING,
AND MARITIME

This is an area where Rhode Island has long dominated. The state is home to a wide range of maritime industries, including boat building and servicing; home to the largest independent steamship agency in North America; defense-related ship and submarine building; development of advanced materials and component boat/ship systems; ocean sciences and engineering; marine tourism; and the preservation of coastal communities and environments. A highly integrated maritime economy that encompasses manufacturing and research reinforces the competitive advantages of the Ocean State.

Key Facts

Rhode Island’s Marine, Materials, and Machinery industry concentration (which encompasses the manufacturing components of the Defense, Shipbuilding, and Maritime growth area) is 86% higher than the national average.


General Dynamics Electric Boat is building the next generation of submarines for the U.S. Navy in Rhode Island.


The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) most prominent area of research is its world-class ocean sciences and engineering program. Much of the top talent across the globe has attended or collaborated with URI, providing Rhode Island a strong reputation in this field.


The Naval Undersea Warfare Center is a leader in undersea systems and is testing unmanned vehicles in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay.

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