1 December Manufacturing Expansion in Clay County to Add 30 New Job Opportunities December 1, 2015 By Brian Knight Expansions and Relocations, News expansion, vac-con, green cove springs 1 The Clay Florida EDC would like to extend our congratulations to Vac-Con Inc. for its recent announcement to expand its current plant and operations. The Clay Florida EDC would like to extend our congratulations to Vac-Con Inc. for its recent announcement to expand its current plant and operations. Vac-Con Inc., located in Green Cove Springs, FL is a manufacturer of truck-mounted vacuum equipment and is the county's 2nd largest private employer. The expansion project will include a $10 million dollar capital investment and construction on a 65,000-sq-ft plant expansion that will add to its existing 100,000 square foot space. The company also plans to add about 30 jobs to a 300-person workforce. The jobs will have an above average wage for Clay County and would include skilled labor, welders, electricians, painters and engineers. On June 5, 2015 a ground blasting ceremony was held to commemorate the announcement, and was attended by local government officials and business leaders. In it's over 30 year history in Clay County, Vac-Con has directed approximately 90% of the $1.5 billions of generated revenue back into the local economy. The decision to expand their facilities in Clay County illustrates the company's commitment to the region. In an interview with the Jacksonville Business Journal, Tom Jody who serves as the company's marketing manager stated “It's a hard-to-beat location. There's a lot of great opportunities there. Of course the weather, but Jaxport, logistics, lots of different things that are beneficial to manufacturing. And the availability of a skilled workforce.” Congratulations Vac-Con Inc. on your continued success! Read More... Clay Today: Major local exporter to expand, add jobs Jacksonville.com: Vac-Con, maker of huge sewer-cleaning trucks, is expanding big-time Jacksonville Business Journal: Why this Green Cove Springs manufacturer launched a $10M expansion Related Clay Branding Study - Proposed New County Logo and a New County Seal After a year of talk and expectation, county commissioners have given the order to finalize a new logo and branding scheme for the county they hope will spur intrigue, tourism and economic growth countywide. Here are the drafts of a proposed new county logo and a new county seal. Will Ketchum of Burdette-Ketchum, which created the brand, suggested the new county seal would also differentiate Clay County, Florida from the other 17 counties named Clay throughout the U.S. Clay Commission Discussing Rebranding County Image The Clay County Commission this month is expected to consider recommendations to showcase the county’s natural, historic and recreational resources as well as its communities to best attract tourism, new businesses and residents. Clay Future Could Be in Manufacturing Clay County officials have been told they should focus on luring manufacturing jobs here, according to a consultant hired to develop a strategic plan for economic development. Clay County's Pitch in the Park Hopes to Give County's Entrepreneurs the Stage for Success Clay County entrepreneurs are looking to give local innovators a chance to be in the spotlight, with the county’s first innovation festival, Pitch in the Park. Eighteen entrepreneurs were selected to present their startup ideas at 10 a.m. on January 21st at Town Hall Park in Orange Park. Each person will have two minutes to present their ideas to a panel of three judges and the audience. Clay looks to build economy on growing health care industry The growing health care industry in Clay County is key to its future economic development although manufacturing and distribution also have major roles to play, say officials helping county leaders chart a course for attracting and retaining sustainable businesses offering residents solid, well-paying jobs. Clay Supports Manufacturing Sector with Workforce Initiative A partnership between St. Johns River State College, Clay Economic Development Corporation, Clay School District Career and Technical Education, and local manufacturing sector business partners is working to create a Production Technician Certificate to give workers an entry point into the field. Showing 1 Comment SuperUser Account test 2 years ago Comments are closed.