American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group (ARC), a global logistics and shipping services company, announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters this morning, bringing 50 new high-wage jobs to Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County, Florida.
“When we proposed St. Johns County, Florida, for the company’s new headquarters, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our team,” said Chris Heibel, senior vice president commercial at ARC. “As we finalize the move to Ponte Vedra Beach, we couldn’t be happier with our decision and with the area, quality of life, and local and regional economic development partnerships. There is also a fantastic cluster of shipping and logistics companies in the area, many that we work with already.”
ARC and its U.S. affiliates own and manage the largest U.S.-flag roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) fleet. The company carries wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks, trailers and aircraft, as well as other types of cargo, including household goods and breakbulk project cargo. ARC provides American-owned, managed and crewed Ro-Ro shipping and intermodal logistics services for the Department of Defense, other U.S. Government departments and agencies and commercial customers. The company is relocating from New Jersey and will officially begin operations in the Ponte Vedra Beach office on July 1. In the near future, ARC plans to expand its operations and hire additional local talent.
As part of its ongoing role, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce is assisting ARC with fulfilling workforce needs, initiating connections with local business and community leaders, and welcoming relocating employees.
Advanced transportation and logistics in the region has been growing significantly as of late due in large part to the region’s infrastructure, particularly with the access to the regions two seaports, Port of Fernandina and JAXPORT. In terms of Ro-Ro services, JAXPORT is a top vehicle-handling port in the United States, moving nearly 556,000 vehicles last year – an amount that will no doubt grow through the harbor deepening project of the St. Johns River to depths of 47 feet to be completed by end of 2022. Access to the region’s ports has been a leading driver for new and expanding business in this industry with tremendous growth in e-commerce companies and other port users.