We have experienced many successes and achievements over the past 25 years, creating new quality jobs and significant capital investment in our region.
25 Years of Successes: 1990-2015
Establishing the Northeast Florida region as a leading business location. Key highlights from our past company announcements and achievements.
2010 - 2015
- GE Oil & Gas, a Fortune 10 company, opens its advanced manufacturing facility, creating 500 new jobs and $50 million in capital investment.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves JAXPORT to increase the St. John’s River channel depth to 47 feet and to allow the port to receive larger ships from Asia through the Panama Canal.
- Vistakon, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., expands its advanced manufacturing lines adding 100 new jobs and more than $218 million in capital investment.
- BI-LO and Winn-Dixie choose Jacksonville for its combined company headquarters, retaining 900 jobs, creating 100 new jobs and a $93 million capital investment.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars are purchased by Shahid Khan, a magnate in the automotive industry, who pledges support to make Northeast Florida an international destination.
- Medtronic expands its Surgical Technology Division headquarters adding 175 jobs and new operations, including research and development and training labs, with a 75,000 sq. ft expansion and $14 million capital investment.
- Space Florida officially designates Cecil Commerce Center as a “Space Territory” and the State of Florida announces its support to add a commercial spaceport to Cecil Airport.
2005 - 2010
- Deutsche Bank, the world’s largest global financial services firm, opens a global technology and operations center creating 1,000 new jobs.
- Jacksonville International Airport earns a top ranking for customer service satisfaction from Airports Council International - North America survey.
- French-based Saft, the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced technology batteries, builds a new $200 million lithium ion battery manufacturing facility.
- The U.S. Navy selects Mayport Naval Station as the home port for a nuclear-powered carrier, relocating 3,200 military personnel and creating thousands of jobs in support fields.
- Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire opens a 1 million square-foot distribution center at Cecil Commerce Center, the largest Bridgestone manufacturing center in the U.S., to supply the eastern half of the U.S. with tires from Japan and other Asian countries.
- Belgium-based Ion Beam Applications, manufacturer of the proton-beam therapy equipment, established its U.S. headquarters. The $30 million University of Florida Proton Beam Therapy Center at Shands is one of only seven centers in the U.S.
- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. signs its agreement with JAXPORT to bring direct Far East container service to Jacksonville. The project will create 1,800 jobs and have an economic impact of more than $870 million.
2000 - 2005
- PSS World Medical increases its Jacksonville workforce to 725 employees and eventually becomes the country’s largest provider of medical supplies to the physician market, distributing to approximately 100,000 offices in all 50 states.
- Jacksonville is the host city for Super Bowl XXXIX, providing more than 1 billion viewers an inside glimpse of the region.
- The Rulon Company, a premier manufacturer of custom wood and linear ceiling and wall systems, relocates its corporate headquarters to the region, adding 100 new jobs.
- Jacksonville becomes a port of call for the passenger cruise industry, bringing an estimated economic impact in excess of $26 million annually.
- Southeast Toyota unveils its new state-of-the-art distribution center, a 250-acre complex with nine buildings and a $53 million capital investment.
- A new I-10 interchange at Cecil Commerce Center is approved and development begins on an outer beltway to accommodate increased transportation needs.
- Two Fortune 500 companies, CSX Corporation and Fidelity National Financial, relocate their corporate headquarters to Jacksonville.
- Florida State College at Jacksonville establishes an Aviation Center of Excellence at Cecil Field, demonstrating the area's commitment to aviation growth and support for developing talent.
- Pilot Pen Corporation of America expands its operations and adds a new $7 million distribution center and increases its workforce.
- The Better Jacksonville Plan, a $2.2 billion initiative for strategic growth and improved infrastructure, is approved.
1995 - 2000
- North America’s largest supplier of construction materials, LaFarge Corporation, selects Putnam County as the site of its new manufacturing facility and adds 100 new high-wage jobs and an $85 million capital investment.
- Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney launches the Preservation Project, which adds 40,000 acres of preserved land, giving Jacksonville the largest urban park system in the continental U.S.
- Enkei International, a subsidiary of Japanese manufacturer Enkei Corp., opens a new facility in Jacksonville and helps strengthen international and port business for the region.
- World Golf Village, the ultimate golf destination for players and fans, opens in St. Augustine, bringing a major new tourist attraction to the region with its World Golf Hall of Fame and championship golf courses.
- Landstar System announces the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Jacksonville.
- Maxwell House Coffee expands in Jacksonville, relocating its General Foods International Coffees division to the downtown area.
- Northeast Florida celebrates an important milestone when its population tops 1 million.
- Merrill Lynch selects Jacksonville for a new 160,000 sq. ft. operations center, creating 600 new jobs. The company continues to grow and expands several times until acquired by Bank of America in 2011.
- AT&T Universal Card selects Jacksonville for its headquarters, creating 1,000 new jobs. Citi later acquires the division, eventually growing to more than 4,000 employees.
- In a huge win for the city, the NFL awards its 30th team franchise to Jacksonville. More than 25,000 fans come together to celebrate the beginning of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Officials lead the “Keep Max in Jax” campaign, successfully keeping Jacksonville’s Maxwell House coffee plant from closing in a corporate downsizing.
Our area has the only private, licensed commercial spaceport on the East Coast.