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JinkoSolar readies to build its Cecil manufacturing facility

Jacksonville Business Journal - September 13, 2018 - by Allison Colburn - full article here

JinkoSolar readies to build its Cecil manufacturing facility

Chinese solar panel manufacturer JinkoSolar filed a permit to begin construction of its planned Cecil Commerce Center manufacturing facility.

Hoffman Commercial Construction LLC is seeking permit approval on a $13.9 million build-out of 300,000 square feet of space at 4660 New World Ave., where JinkoSolar plans to add 200 jobs. Woolpert Inc. is handling the project’s design.

In July, KBM Builders was awarded permits for more than $2 million of work on the build-out. That included the construction of a steel mezzanine, pipe rack and a wall to separate JinkoSolar from the building’s other tenant Industry West, along with other foundation work.

Earlier this year, JinkoSolar received a state and city incentives package totaling $4.2 million. In exchange, the manufacturer has vowed to create jobs and spend $50.5 million on equipment and improvements at the site.

That incentives package includes a $5,000-per-job tax refund for up to 200 jobs for five years, with the city paying 20 percent of on the refund, as well as up to a $3.2 million property tax break over the next 10 years. Average salary for the new jobs is expected to be $45,562.

The company will use the New World Avenue site for its main manufacturing operation, while assembly of the solar panels would take place in a warehouse at 2969 Faye Road.

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