From its earliest days, KVH Industries, Inc., has been based in Middletown, Rhode Island, and it now occupies two major buildings in town. The world headquarters building, at 50 Enterprise Place, contains offices for the company’s leadership team, engineers, and research and development department, as well as sales, marketing, airtime, and professional staff, and 24/7 technical support center. Across the street, at 75 Enterprise Place, stands a new 75,000-square foot building containing the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for all KVH satellite products. From Middletown, KVH directs its entire global operation, which now includes more than 400 employees worldwide.
Coastal Town with Natural Beauty
Like Rhode Island itself, Middletown is defined by the sea. The Atlantic Ocean’s Rhode Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, and the Sakonnet River border the 15-square-mile-town of 16,000 residents. Just inland from the beautiful Sachuest beaches along the ocean and the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge on the southeastern edge of town, the land gives way to rural areas defined by mature beech trees and old stone walls. The defense industry is a key economic driver in town, and tourism is as well, for Middletown is adjacent to Newport, Rhode Island, which is known for its yachting legacy and its Gilded Age mansions. Middletown is also within easy reach of two of the Northeast’s most dynamic cities—Providence (35 miles away), and Boston (70 miles away).
All About Middletown
The Middletown municipal website offers a wide range of information for residents and visitors, and the Newport County Convention and Visitors Bureau provides extensive information about events and locations of interest. The Newport County Chamber of Commerce has information about local businesses. For information about school choices, check Middletown Public Schools, and Private School Review
The real estate market includes affordable houses, colonial and Victorian homes, and waterfront estates in Middletown as well as Newport, which borders Middletown to the south, and Portsmouth, RI, adjacent to the north. Sources of information about buying in Middletown and environs include: