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 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. 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. 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 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. Forterra Plans New Local Jobs in Manufacturing As many as 150 new labor jobs could be coming to Clay County’s Forterra factory by 2019, including 50 jobs by this January. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.