Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Langevin goes backstage in Our Backyard

October 21, 2013 by lauren


Congressman Langevin with Oswald Schwartz of Armando & Sons Meat Market in Providence.

Jim Langevin has been just about everywhere in Rhode Island during his seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, but when he heard about Our Backyard, he asked for a backstage tour.

Our caravan stopped Armando & Sons Meat Market  in Providence, Fielding Manufacturing in Cranston and FarSounder in Warwick. Butcher Armando Nieves, who left New York for Rhode Island, just opened his second market and has nearly 100 employees. Steve Fielding showed the Congressman where he makes 3D Petrie dishes for medical research and transplantation that are marketed around the world. At FarSounder, Matt Zimmerman demonstrated high-tech products like advanced long-range, 3D, forward-looking sonars and underwater diver-detection devices for yachts, commercial vessels and naval uses.

“It has been a challenging few years in Rhode Island, but we must not lose sight of all the wonderful and unique things that make our state great,” says Langevin. “I love Rhode Island, and I applaud all the success stories that remind us how lucky we are to live in the Ocean State.”