13 September JinkoSolar readies to build its Cecil manufacturing facility September 13, 2018 By Laura Pavlus General, News solar , solar energy, solar farms, jobs, construction, manufacturing 0 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. Related Manufacturing Facility Picks Jaxport Over Port Tampa Bay TAMPA — Jaxport's focus on Asian container service, a business it entered in 2009, paid a major dividend this week when a New Jersey-based manufacturer picked Jaxport over Port Tampa Bay for its new Florida distribution center. Manufacturing Thriving in Northeast Florida Some 1,500 manufacturing companies can’t be wrong. Those with solid business models are thriving across Northeast Florida in a wide variety of industries, planted in a region with exceptional transportation and logistics, served by a deep, energetic workforce. 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. JinkoSolar to Open Jacksonville Factory in February Chinese solar panel manufacturer JinkoSolar will begin operating its Cecil Commerce Center factory by the end of February.More than 100 employees are already working on site at the facility, which is located at 4660 New World Ave. The factory will employ at least 200 people, per an economic development agreement that the company has with the city and the state.The Cecil facility is expected to deliver 1.2 million solar panels per year, which is about two solar panels per minute. "The factory in Jacksonville will be the most advanced in the world," Cockroft said. Proposed Cecil Commerce Center Distribution Center Could Bring 1,200 More Jobs to the Region A proposed distribution center for Jacksonville’s Cecil Commerce Center would be the latest in a string of recent successes for the city (Jacksonville) as it develops land at the former naval air station. St. Johns River State College Awarded Funding to Expand Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Training Program St. Johns River State College awarded $1,383,237 to expand an advanced manufacturing and robotics training program that will support local manufacturing training, economic development and job growth for Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.