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Merritt Island Boat Works Plans Brevard County, Florida, Manufacturing Campus

02/03/2015
Merritt Island Boat Works will open a new manufacturing facility in Brevard County, which will create at least 380 jobs and a capital investment of more than $16 million in Merritt Island, Florida.

Lynda Weatherman, President/CEO, Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast said, “Facilities are often one of the most critical factors in relocation decisions. Part of what positioned our community at the top of the list was a move-in ready facility in a prime location. That, coupled with an area that understands the luxury boat manufacturing market, and an aggressive recruitment process, were crucial factors in the selection of Brevard County for Merritt Island Boat Works. They are a welcome addition to a growing industry across the Space Coast.”

According to the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, this competitive economic development project was won with the help of close partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida is on a mission to become the global destination for jobs and it great news for the families in Brevard County that 380 new jobs will be added to the community. While Merritt Island Boat Works considered other states for their new facility, they chose Florida as the best place to create jobs. This year, we are proposing to permanently eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing equipment so more manufacturers like Merritt Island Boat Works will choose Florida to grow and expand their business.”

Secretary of Commerce and Enterprise Florida President/CEO Gray Swoope said, “Merritt Island Boat Works’ new facility in Brevard County will add great value to Florida’s growing manufacturing industry. Removing the sales tax on manufacturing equipment was a tremendous boost for the state and Florida has become more competitive as a result. Companies are taking an increased interest in our skilled workforce and infrastructure as a result of our improved business tax climate.”

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “The addition of 380 new manufacturing jobs in Brevard County over the next four years is further proof that sound, pro-business policies are working in Florida. Merritt Island Boat Works will join Florida’s strong business community and move the state closer to achieving our goal of making sure everyone who wants a job can get one.”

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