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Clay's Defense Sector Continues to Strengthen - Welcome Fleet Readiness Center Southeast!

Clay's Defense Sector Continues to Strengthen - Welcome Fleet Readiness Center Southeast!

ORANGE PARK - Clay Florida Economic Development Corporation is excited to announce more than 70 new high-wage jobs coming to Clay County this summer! 

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) is consolidating several offices on and near NAS Jacksonville to a single location in Orange Park. FRCSE is moving into an 18,000 sq. ft. office building on Wells Road that has been vacant for the past several years. Adams Interiors, a Clay County-based commercial contractor since 1999, will be completing the interior renovations by August this year, and FRCSE will bring the building back to life. The average wage of these new Clay County jobs is $95,000/year, nearly three times the current average wage of jobs in Clay ($36,000).

FRCSE is the largest industrial employer in Northeast Florida with 3,000 civilian personnel and 1,000 military personnel. From FRCSE’s website:

“Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) is the largest tenant command aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fl., with several offsite locations. Established in 1940, the facilities at FRCSE have turned out almost every type of Navy aircraft - fighter and attack planes, patrol, antisubmarine, reconnaissance, transport, trainer, special configuration and helicopters. The overall workload for FRCSE has expanded to include the rework of engines, components, and ground support equipment, plus other support functions vital to the Fleet.”

Clay EDC was initially introduced to FRCSE by Clay Chamber President, Doug Conkey, in the summer of 2016. Clay EDC worked with them for several months to find the right real estate option that fit their very specific criteria. Clay County’s economy will benefit greatly from this consolidation, especially restaurants and other retailers in the Wells Road area. Many of FRCSE employees are already Clay County residents, and their drive to work just got a lot easier. Initially the new FRCSE office will have 70 engineers and logisticians, but that number will quickly grow to nearly 100 high-wage employees.

More about Clay's defense sector here!  

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