Florida's advanced manufacturing industries are diverse and include sectors producing intermediate and finished products ranging from plastics and micro-electronics to tortillas and motor vehicles. In total, Florida is home to over 19,000 manufacturers employing more than 331,000 workers. Combined with a pro-business climate, expansive infrastructure and unmatched quality of life, the state’s manufacturing industry assets helps businesses across the state ramp up fast.
In July, Accel International Holdings, Inc., a wire and cable manufacturer, announced it selected Port St. Lucie for its southeast Florida expansion. The company will build a new 150,000-square foot manufacturing facility, which is expected to generate 125 new jobs by 2021. The facility will manufacture high performance cables, wires and conductors serving the aerospace, medical, industrial and telecommunications marketplace.
“Accel’s expansion in Port St. Lucie is great news for Florida’s growing manufacturing sector,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. “Accel’s ability to create high-performance equipment will greatly benefit the aerospace, medical and telecommunications industries. We look forward to Accel’s employment contribution of 125 new jobs by 2021.”
A company that has been supplying the space industry for more than 30 years selected Volusia County as the site from which it will serve its global markets. Printech Circuit Laboratories (PCL), based in the United Kingdom, has opened offices in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex.
PCL’s hand-crafted, custom circuit-based components are suitable for a wide range of specialized applications including motorsports applications for Formula One race cars and NASCAR, communications satellites such as Inmarsat-4 and space missions for the European Space Agency and NASA, including Gaia and the James Webb Space Telescope.
“The company is projecting 50 new jobs over a five-year period with a capital investment for equipment expected to be $8 million,” said Dr. Charles Duva, a member of the Board of Trustees at Embry-Riddle and chair of the Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation. “Additionally, the company will establish a separate manufacturing facility at a site to be announced soon.”
Florida’s rural regions are also seeing growth in the manufacturing industry. Hoover Treated Wood Products, in business since 1955, began operations in Gadsden County near Havana, Florida in April 2019. Hoover owns and operates 10 facilities across the country and services a customer network of over 300 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Hoover’s $4.5 million investment includes newly constructed facilities on newly acquired property and has created 20 new jobs.
Barry Holden, President of Hoover, said “We are thrilled to be here in Gadsden County. We have developed many new partnerships with the state of Florida, Gadsden County, the town of Havana and local suppliers. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with our new community.”
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