Digital Adaption Key To Manufacturing Industry

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St. Lucie County, FL: A Region With Manufacturing On The Rise

Along a busy boatbuilding hub, St. Lucie County, FL’s manufacturing footprint is rapidly growing.

Over the past two years, nationally recognized industrial developers have completed more than 4 million square feet of Class A facilities, many with immediate highway access, now available for occupancy in St. Lucie County.

Multiple commerce parks are also offering build-to-suit or purchase options with manufacturing-compatible zoning.

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A-1 Industries of Florida recently completed a more than 50,000-square-foot expansion in Fort Pierce. (Photo courtesy OF A-1 Industries of Florida)

 

Accel International, the fastest-growing wire manufacturer in the U.S., opened its 150,000-square-foot facility in this southeast Florida community in January. The Connecticut-based global provider of high-performance conductors for the aerospace, medical, and telecommunications industries will hire 125 in the coming months.

OCULUS Surgical’s U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Port St. Lucie is expanding, with construction underway for a new state-of-the-art, 55,000 square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility for ophthalmic surgical tools. The German company supports its North and South American markets from Port St. Lucie.

A-1 Industries, of Florida, recently completed a more than 50,000 square-foot expansion of its Fort Pierce production and support facilities to meet the surging demand for engineered wood products.

LactaLogics, a mission-driven company dedicated to bringing more human milk to babies, is renovating an existing 60,000 square-foot facility into an innovative and unique milk processing facility and corporate headquarters.

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Accel International’s new 150,000-square-foot manufacturing facility opened in Port St. Lucie in January. (Photo: Itasca Construction Associates)

 

Contender Boats recently opened its second manufacturing facility for its premium sportfishing boats in Fort Pierce, converting a 100,000 square-foot former fruit-packing plant into a marine manufacturing facility employing 131 and counting.

The company joins Pursuit Boats, Maverick Boat Company, and Twin Vee PowerCats, all of which have significantly expanded operations over the past several years. Twin Vee moved its recently acquired AquaSport brand to its Fort Pierce production facility and is working in partnership with Avikus Co. Ltd. to create the world’s first autonomously equipped recreational sport boat company.

“St. Lucie County offers a stellar environment for manufacturers. We have a regional workforce of more than 315,000, an Aspen-award-winning state college with more than 80 technical and certificate programs, our public schools offer 58 career and technical programs.”

— Maureen Saltzer, Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County

TAMCO, a subsidiary of City Electric Supply, operates a 411,000 square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Port St. Lucie, employing more than 200 people.

Chandler Bats manufactures its custom wood bats in Port St. Lucie. The county is also home to a variety of marine and aviation manufacturing operations.

“St. Lucie County offers a stellar environment for manufacturers,” said Maureen Saltzer, Director of Communications and Outreach for the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.  “We have a regional workforce of more than 315,000, an Aspen-award-winning state college with more than 80 technical and certificate programs, our public schools offer 58 career and technical programs. Last year our high schools graduated 3,151 students who had earned a total of 3,404 industry certifications.”

In November, Indian River State College opened the Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex in Fort Pierce, Florida’s newest and most technologically advanced training facility. The 60,000 square-foot facility included expansive laboratories dedicated to mechatronics, robotics, smart automation, and more.

St. Lucie County is located in a spectacular setting with enviable natural resources—21 miles of pristine coastline and beaches, more than 20,000 acres of parks and preserves, and miles of waterways.

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