GE Oil and Gas to open new facility at Cecil Commerce Center
Calling it the city's largest job creation project in more than six years, Mayor Alvin Brown announced today that GE Oil & Gas has selected Jacksonville as the location for a new advanced manufacturing facility.
GE Oil & Gas will create at least 500 permanent full-time jobs over the next three years at the manufacturing center, with an average salary of $48,850 after receiving overwhelming support by City Council and Mayor Brown.
The 500,000-square-foot new facility, slated to open this November, will be located at AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center on Jacksonville's Westside. It will include an estimated minimum of $50 million in investments for manufacturing and IT equipment, as well as additional real estate improvements. Development of the site has been a priority of the City, as well as Hillwood Property Investments, the master developer of City-owned property at Cecil Commerce Center.
"We're excited that GE has selected Jacksonville as the site for a major advanced manufacturing facility," said Mayor Brown. "We competed against a number of other communities for this great economic opportunity, and we won. It shows that Jacksonville is a great place to do business. My vision is to create jobs for Jacksonville, and we're turning that vision into reality. I want to thank the City Council for its support, as well as our many partners who helped us secure these jobs for Jacksonville."
Governor Scott said, "The new GE Oil & Gas facility in Jacksonville will bring at least 500 jobs, giving even more Florida families the opportunity to live the American Dream. Last year we eliminated the sales tax on manufacturing equipment in order to build up manufacturing in our state, and now businesses like GE Oil & Gas can save money and be more competitive. Florida businesses have already created more than 640,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010, so let's keep working to provide even more opportunities for Florida families."
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