October 25, 2014

Around the State-Northeast-Jan.1999

Alachua County -- Florida Rock Industries (AMEX-FRK) won a heated battle when a proposed air-quality ordinance to stop construction of its $80 million cement plant near Newberry was defeated by a 2% margin. The plant will be completed in August and will employ about 100.

Bradford County -- SMI Joist Florida, a steel fabricator, plans to add 50 employees in the next six months, bringing its payroll to 300 and making it the largest private employer in the county. The expansion includes a $600,000 facility upgrade.

Flagler County -- Los Angeles-based Lowe Enterprises is completing the $60 million Grand Haven development, which includes a Jack Nicklaus golf course and 1,600 upscale homes. The company also started work on a $200 million development that will have a convention center, golf course and 2,700 homes.

Jacksonville -- Recently merged Jefferson Smurfit and Stone Container, now Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., closed a papermill here. The move cut nearly 300 jobs, a $20 million payroll and $114 million in annual local spending on supplies and services.

Gateway Shopping Center, a once-abandoned but revived north side mall, and a local Revlon plant will receive state grants of $1.25 million and $580,000, respectively, to hire welfare recipients as part of the state's WAGES program.

Anchor Glass Container Corp. laid off 76 of 310 workers at its plant here after losing a Bacardi Co. contract, but additional orders from Anheuser-Busch will keep the plant running at about 80% capacity.

Coggin Automotive Group sold a majority interest in five local dealerships to Philadelphia-based Asbury Automotive.

Marion County -- Pending regulatory approval, Del Webb plans to expand its retirement community along U.S. 441 by more than 400 acres and 1,000 homes, along with commercial development.

St. Johns County -- St. Joe Co. (NYSE-JOE) plans a retail, office and distribution center development on 27 acres near World Golf Village. St. Joe had negotiated with Davidson Development for 400 acres, but the two couldn't agree on a price. St. Joe officials say they didn't want to absorb that much with demand uncertain.

Union, Taylor, Duval County -- About 400 north Florida paper mill and building products employees are cautiously watching as Georgia-based Gilman Paper Co. seeks a buyer. Gilman officials say the company may sell itself in parts or as a whole. There are plants in Perry, Maxville and Lake Butler.

Tags: Northeast

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Fabien Cousteau
Fabien Cousteau

This summer, Fabien Cousteau lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research laboratory nine miles off the coast of Florida.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

How much do you get into Halloween?

  • I'm into it - parties, decorating, theme parks, whatever I can fit in
  • I just participate for the kids
  • Boo - I keep the lights off to avoid trick-or-treaters

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe