A West Virginia-based plastics manufacturer will invest $8 million in a new facility in Northwest Jacksonville.
Flying W Plastics – which makes piping products for water, gas, sewer and geothermal uses – will renovate a building on Stevens Street off of Beaver Street. The company will create 28 new jobs.
Last week, the Jacksonville City Council approved the economic development agreement and a $100,000 grant from the Northwest Jacksonville Economic Development Fund.
“I am excited to welcome Flying W Plastics, Inc. and their new manufacturing facility to Northwest Jacksonville,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “This project will bring 28 new jobs to the surrounding area and $8 million in capital investment to an important part of our community. I am grateful for the company’s investment and confidence in our city, and to the Northwest Jacksonville Economic Development Fund and the Jacksonville City Council for their support of this effort.”
The company primarily sells its product up and down the Eastern Seaboard and was looking for a second location to supply markets in Florida and the Southeast, Flying W President Doug Morris said.
“As soon as we started talking to the city and JAXUSA Partnership, we really felt they wanted us to be a part of the community and that they would do everything they could to help us succeed here,” Morris said. “This is the perfect location for our second manufacturing facility and we look forward to getting up and running later this year.”
The company plans to invest in bringing the onsite rail spur back on line, increasing the building’s electric capacity and will be working with CareerSource Northeast Florida to hire residents who live near the renovated facility.
“When advanced manufacturers are looking for a place to serve their customers in the Southeast, more and more are choosing to invest in Jacksonville,” JAXUSA Partnership President Aundra Wallace said. “They can get their product to customers in both South Florida and Atlanta in the same day and know we have the skilled workforce they’ll need to get the job done.”
About JAXUSA Partnership
JAXUSA Partnership, a division of JAX Chamber, is Jacksonville’s regional economic development organization. JAXUSA Partnership recruits new companies and expands existing business to increase high-wage job growth, private capital investment and a highly skilled talent presence in Northeast Florida. The organization works with economic development partners in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns Counties; the independent authorities of JAXPORT, JAA, JEA and JTA; CareerSource Northeast Florida; and private sector investors in its mission to be a catalyst for regional economic growth.
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