14 November Sen. Marco Rubio Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Local Business Leaders at AVA in Orange Park November 14, 2016 By Laura Pavlus Expansions and Relocations, General, News defense, Orange Park, American Valley Aviation 0 By Bill Garrison, Executive Director/President of Clay EDC On Oct. 4, 2016, Sen. Marco Rubio toured American Valley Aviation in Orange Park, and after the tour hosted a round-table discussion with local business leaders about issues affecting defense and aviation related business in Northeast Florida. American Valley Aviation has locations in Orange Park, FL and Quincy, CA, and specializes in supporting the aerospace market. Both locations provide US and international customers with a variety of specialized aviation services. The Orange Park location re-manufactures the P-3 Weapons Pylon under license by Lockheed Martin, and has expanded its capabilities to include FAA Approved avionics and electrical repair, overhaul and testing. Other Clay aviation and defense related businesses participating in the round-table discussion with Sen. Rubio included Andromeda Systems Inc., a software developer whose largest customer is the Dept. of Defense, and Aero-Hose Corporation, a manufacturer of military-grade hydraulic hoses used extensively in the defense and aviation industry. With over 23,000 military veterans living here, Clay County is a natural location for defense-related businesses. Many of these veterans have immediately transferable skills and experience gained during their military service. American Valley Aviation has been able to take advantage of this trained workforce to grow its business, and is currently planning an expansion that would allow them to continue that growth. Related Clay County Business Owner, Amy Pope-Wells, Participates in Roundtable with President Trump Amy Pope-Wells, successful Clay County business owner of Link Staffing and Tira Diva, joins women small business owners at a roundtable with President Trump and Vice President Pence. Jacksonville Competing in the Top of the Pack for Small Business Jacksonville placed 30th out of more than 100 major metropolitan areas in an American City Business Journals study of small business vitality across America. Montreal-based airplane maintenance tracking company opens first U.S. office in Orange Park partly because of local talent pool The Montreal-based company recently opened its first U.S. office in Orange Park (of Clay County, FL) because of an increase in aircraft business and the local talent base. New Co-working Space Opens in Orange Park of Clay County off of Kingsley and Park Avenues A new co-working space has opened up in Orange Park off of Kingsley Avenue and Park Avenue (US-17). Orange Park Medical Center Opens Level II Trauma Center Orange Park Medical Center opened its long-sought trauma center after receiving provisional status from the Florida Department of Health. For now, it’s the second trauma center serving the Northeast Florida region of Clay, Duval, Nassau, Baker and St. Johns counties. UF Health Jacksonville has a Level I trauma center serving the region. Encouraging Local Businesses to Grow in Place is KEY to Economic Development Clay County, Florida is home to tremendous business assets. Clay features strong defense and aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, logistics, information technology, and business support sectors. Clay Economic Development Corporation seeks to retain and strengthen existing businesses by working to eliminate growth obstacles. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.