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CitraPac Plans $14 Million Manufacturing Facility In Sebring, Florida

A specialty manufacturer of the unique real-fruit frozen snacks, CitraPac will open a new manufacturing facility at the Sebring, Florida Airport, creating 240 new jobs. The new 37,000 square foot facility will be constructed at the Sebring Commerce Park and will add a capital investment of $14 million to the region.

President Gregg Harshman’s family was one of the pioneering citrus growers in Highlands County during the 1920s. Although the family sold the business in 2000, Harshman continued in the field and looked for an opportunity to keep the family heritage in Highlands County.

“Florida has been our home for more than 90 years and we are proud to be expanding and adding jobs to our local economy,” said Harshman. “Florida’s pro-business climate has allowed us to continue our growth and we look forward to being a part of the state’s continued economic resurgence. Thank you to Governor Scott for joining us for today’s announcement and making Florida a great state for businesses to grow.”

Governor Rick Scott said, “We are excited that CitraPac has decided to expand their operations in Highlands County creating 240 new jobs for Florida families. By creating a business-friendly environment in Florida and continuing to cut taxes, including eliminating the sales tax on manufacturing equipment, we are allowing job creators to create more opportunities.”

Bill Johnson, Enterprise Florida Pesident/CEO said, “Florida’s manufacturing sector is growing and will continue to prosper thanks to companies like CitraPac and their continued investments in Florida. We thank them for adding to Florida’s strong manufacturing base of nearly 18,000 manufacturers employing more than 311,000 across the state.”

This project was made possible through strong partnerships between the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Highlands County, the City of Sebring, Sebring Regional Airport CRA,the Sebring Airport Authority and Enterprise Florida.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “Governor Scott’s manufacturing-friendly policies have resulted in another success story as CitraPac will open a new manufacturing facility that will create 240 jobs in Sebring. Seeing a company like CitraPac, which has been a staple in Florida’s manufacturing industry for so long, continue to thrive is proof that Florida has the perfect climate for business.”

“A true team effort made this happen. And, it’s a real gain for the local economy in terms of job creation,” said Mike Willingham, Executive Director for the Sebring Regional Airport.
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