Just days after announcing that three major employers are coming to the Santa Rosa Industrial Park (SRIP) East, the county’s economic development office today revealed that another 30 new jobs are slated for the Northwest Florida Industrial Park @ I-10. The county commission approved final details that give the go-ahead for a new company to move forward with a $2.5 to $3 million capital investment in the I-10 Industrial Park and launch operations there.
Confidentiality agreements with the business require the Santa Rosa Economic Development Office (SREDO) to identify them by project name and description only. Project “Yummy” intends to construct a 25,000-square-foot distribution facility on a five-acre site in the park. The 30 jobs created will pay 15% above the local prevailing average wage.
“Everything we want for our community starts with good jobs for our people,” said Commission Chairman Don Salter. “When we attract a high-paying company like this, we’re gaining the means to continue improving our wonderful quality of life and offering a better future for ourselves, our children and future generations.”
Santa Rosa’s economic development associate director Erica Grancagnolo said that the announcement is further validation of the county’s multiple park strategy for industrial space.
“We’re fortunate to have a commission that understands one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to industrial parks,” Grancagnolo added. “As a result, we can present prospective companies with options for location, parcel size and amenities. It sends a powerful message that Santa Rosa County is serious about taking care of its business community.”
Shannon Ogletree, Santa Rosa’s director of economic development, said that companies are drawn to the area for a number of reasons, including its business-friendly reputation, A-rated schools and natural treasures.
“It’s to the great credit of the people and businesses already in Santa Rosa County that this is a wonderful community where people naturally want to be,” Ogletree said. “This perks-plus-parks combination is very powerful in helping us seal the deals with high-quality employers.”
County officials expect that the company will make its plans public by the end of summer.