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Dixon Ticonderoga Company Expands Headquarters In Lake Mary, Florida

Dixon Ticonderoga Company, a leading manufacturer of writing instruments, art supplies, other tools and producer of the iconic No. 2 pencil, will expand its headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida. The company will make a capital investment of $1.5 million over the next three years.

Tim Gomez, CEO of Dixon Ticonderoga Company, said, “I’m very appreciative that the State of Florida recognized the value that the Dixon Ticonderoga Company brings to the community and the job possibilities that will be created for our communities in the future. Florida is the perfect place to set up the headquarters for our upcoming growth.”

“We identify deeply with the state of Florida, going back to our days of creating products from local sources on Cedar Key. I’m excited for our headquarters expansion and to bring our National Museum to the Sunshine State for our communities to enjoy starting in the fall of 2015,” he added.

Enterprise Florida, the Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSource Florida and CareerSource Central Florida, City of Lake Mary, Seminole County, Seminole State College and the Orlando Economic Development Commission collaborated on this project expansion.

Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “We are excited to announce that Dixon Ticonderoga has chosen to expand its headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida. The creation of 20 new manufacturing jobs in the community will mean more opportunity for high-skill, high-wage employment for Floridians.”

“In today’s globally competitive marketplace, a skilled workforce is more essential than ever for business success,” said Chris Hart IV, president and CEO of CareerSource Florida. “We are delighted to partner with a leading company such as Dixon Ticonderoga, which is expanding in Florida, to enhance the knowledge and productivity of its employees through a Quick Response Training Grant.”

“Dixon Ticonderoga has been helping students, artists, industrial professionals and others communicate and design for more than 220 years,” said Bill Johnson, President/CEO of Enterprise Florida. “Being able to support and help a successful company like that grow is a testament to Florida’s resources and pro-business climate. We thank Dixon Ticonderoga for their continued commitment to Florida and look forward to watching their growth.”

“We are very excited about the expansion of Dixon’s headquarters in the region,” said Rick Weddle, President/CEO of the Orlando Economic Development Commission. “Not only for the positive investment and job creation, but also for the important connections they have made and continue to make in regards to education.”
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