Business is picking up in Santa Rosa County

Published on November 22, 2013 with No Comments

Economic Development seems to be heating up in Santa Rosa County at the Santa Rosa Industrial Complex in East Milton.

Over the next 18 months the part is expected to grow with the addition of two new industrial tenants that is expected to bring with them over 300 jobs.

One of the tenants is Gulf Cable, a Fort Lee, N.J., company, while the second is Goldring Gulf Distributing.

Gulf Cable is currently constructing a 70,000 square foot facility that will distribute cabling to utility and renewable energy companies.

Gulf Cable is expected to hire approximately 100 new employee to meet their growing demand.

WTEC, the sister company of Gulf Cable, originally expanded into the Santa Rosa Industrial Park in 2006 by purchasing the vacant and former Side-Kick industrial building located off Industrial Blvd.

WTEC was so impressed by the quality of the workforce and the ease of doing business in the state of Florida, they decided to expand operations.

Gulf Cable is expected to be in operation by the first quarter of 2014.

On Oct. 28, Goldring Gulf Distributing closed on the purchase of a 34 acre parcel located in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park off East Milton Road.

They are expected to employ over 200 individuals at that location, at an average wage of 115 percent above the county’s average wage. The company is expected to break ground in the coming months and be fully operational within the next 12-18 months.

Lastly, the design and build contract for a new rail spur that will run into the Santa Rosa Industrial Park and serve both Gulf Cable and Gulf Distributing has been awarded to W.J .Sapp and Son Inc. The rail spur is being funded through an $800,000 Economic Development Transportation Fund grant awarded by Enterprise Florida to assist in economic development job creation projects.

The design work for the rail is expected to take 60-90 days, with construction to follow. All work will be inspected and approved by the FDOT and CSX Railroad. The build out of the rail is expected to be completed well before the end of the contract in May 2015.

Also, the Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office now offers site selectors and expanding businesses SantaRosaSites.com, which allows users to view, create and print maps; find available commercial or business property, and develop custom demographic radius reports.

The new website provides immediate access to critical business intelligence that decision makers need in order to make an investment decision.

Using geographic information system software, the website provides immediate access to in-depth Santa Rosa County information that previously could take weeks to research. SantaRosaSites.com visitors can view available properties, along with size, use and cost. Corresponding demographic reports such as labor force, education levels, consumer spending and age can be customized, created and printed. In addition, businesses are mapped by industry showing their distribution and concentrations throughout the area.

Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree comments, “With over 97 percent of initial site selection screening completed online, it is crucial that our county provides the data businesses need in a comprehensive, online format. SantaRosaSites.com meets that need by gathering economic, planning, infrastructure, geographic and demographic information often sought by business looking to relocate or expand into a ‘one-stop-shop’ business portal on the Web.”

Santa Rosa EDO contracted with GIS Planning to develop the site. The GIS-powered website is built upon Google Maps technology, and offers state-of-the-art site selection mapping capabilities. The new website is also integrated with GIS Planning’s national site selection search engine,www.zoomprospector.com, which allows visitors to conduct national searches of cities and commercial properties that match their unique criteria. GIS Planning is an exclusive partner of the International Economic Development Council, and has been on the Inc. 5000 list for the past four years.

 

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