Smithfield-based manufacturer relocating to Warwick


SESA, a Smithfield-based Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solution manufacturer and provider, announced this week the planned relocation of the company from its present location to a larger facility in Warwick.

Last week, the Zoning Board approved SESA’s plans to relocate operations to Quinton Street in September to accommodate the company’s growth. The move will more than double the size of their existing manufacturing space and accommodate an expanding workforce. The company will continue to work with the city as the process moves forward.

“We are very excited with this move to Warwick,” Philippe Perut SESA president said in a statement. “Collaboration with the city’s administration was very productive and efficient. Warwick offers great advantages for companies like SESA. This new facility will allow us to better serve our community, our regional customers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as our clients nationwide and in Canada.”  

SESA, founded in Rhode Island in 1986, manufactures and sells innovative and energy-efficient ITS products, specializing in Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) that incorporate the latest improvements in design and years of engineering and testing experience. Their products are used primarily by the Department of Transportation on highways and arterial roads in dozens of states across the U.S. 

“One of Warwick’s key economic development assets is our central location and the many transportation options businesses can offer their employees and customers,” Mayor Scott Avedisian said in a statement. “SESA is a well-established Rhode Island small business. We are very pleased that SESA has chosen our community, and will work with them to ensure that they will succeed and grow here in Warwick.” 

John Mapel, SESA’s operations manager, said that the proximity to T.F. Green Airport, the InterLink and the highway were among the considerations when choosing the move to Warwick. Further, while the company explored the option of relocating to a neighboring state, employee commute was also a factor.

“We bring customers in from different states for a variety of reasons, including facility acceptance test tours,” he said. “Being close to the airport makes it very convenient for us and our clients, and all of our employees are comfortable with their existing commute. We wanted to keep that in place for them. We’re thrilled to be moving to Warwick. This signals a real commitment to our company and to the city.”

 Among SESA’s products is the SolarSign, the world’s first fully solar-powered highway and arterial DMS, with guaranteed 24/7 up-time; an amber or full-color DMS for all large highway, lane usage and arterial sign applications; small DMS that are specifically engineered for use as travel time and toll indicators; smart-lane control signs for tunnels, bridges, and toll systems; high-intensity LED roadway markers for use on highways, in tunnels, and at roadside facilities; LED markers for increased visibility and safety in low-visibility conditions; and solar-powered LED devices to mark highways, lane usage, and curves, exits and rotaries. The company also has the ability to upgrade existing DMS with the most modern LED technology.


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