Affordable Housing Manufacturer, Priton LLC, Plans Manufacturing Facility In Santa Rosa, Florida
Priton LLC will establish a manufacturing facility that produces excessively strong wall panels used to build its “MyHouse.” Based on engineering testing, these houses will have overall strength performances more than three times greater than the minimum performance required by Miami-Dade code approvals, Santa Rosa County officials said. The Priton plant will load containers with the manufactured panels and also include everything needed to build and occupy the house including; doors, windows, appliances, cabinets, roof, floors, plumbing and electrical wiring. Customers will be able to occupy the home in seven days or less.
Sales for these houses are currently in Caribbean countries, Central America, Mexico and South America. Priton has employed the management team as well as the first phase of manufacturing personnel and are currently hiring additional select positions.
The company recently purchased the former 84 Lumber location in Santa Rosa Industrial Park and has committed to hiring 200 employees over three years, Santa Rosa County Economic Development officials said. As an incentive, Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioner’s Economic Development Office assisted Priton in the application process for three performance-based incentive programs totaling $3.45 million aimed at increasing high-skilled, high-wage jobs.
Along with the 200 workers hired directly, it is estimated the new company will indirectly create an additional 380 new jobs with an impact over six years of approximately $51.5 million. The company is also eligible to receive $2.35 million from the Industry Recruitment, Retention & Expansion Fund Grant Program, $600,000 in the state’s Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund, and a $500,000 Brownfield Redevelopment.
Bonus Refund as it meets predefined job creation and retention benchmarks. This is the first IRREF grant to be awarded in Santa Rosa County.
In late 2012, Priton began looking for a new manufacturing plant location based on its current sales focus geography, as well as its close proximity and access to container shipping ports. After exploring several locations, the company selected the Santa Rosa County Industrial Park site as the best location for its manufacturing and shipping operations. The availability of skilled personnel and veterans in the area was also a major consideration in the selection process.
Jeff Selph, Priton Director of Operations and Partner said, "The Senior management and plant location team for Priton, LLC wants to complement the Santa Rosa EDO Staff, especially Shannon Ogletree, for all the capable assistance, key resources and information provided. This group not only helped us make the decision to locate here but also has made our start up and transition proceed seamlessly."
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