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Jacksonville vies for $200 million fulfillment center

Unidentified company would employ 1,500 near Jacksonville International Airport

April 17, 2016 10:30AM

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Jacksonville is competing with other cities to attract an unidentified retail company would invest $200 million to build a fulfillment center with 1,500 employees near Jacksonville International Airport.

The Jacksonville City Council last week took action to assemble a mix of public incentives totaling more than $18 million from the city and the state to lure the company and its investment, which city officials call “Project Rex.”

The average annual pay of at least 500 of the newly created jobs would have to be $50,000, the Jacksonville Times-Union reported.

Citing comments by Jacksonville city officials, the newspaper also reported that “Project Rex” would be a “state-of-the-art fulfillment center” where purchased products would be shipped to buyers.

City officials told the Times-Union the company behind the planned fulfillment center has 200,000 employees around the world and “more than 20 years of experience in retail and e-commerce markets.”

The unnamed company would build the fulfillment center on a site just south of Jacksonville International Airport, where cargo shipment volume totaled 145,108,001 pounds last year, up from 142,615,982 pounds in 2014. [Jacksonville Times-Union]Mike Seemuth