Governor Rick Scott announced Publix Super Markets plans to create a one-million-square-foot distribution center in Orlando with a $188.5 million capital investment. Plans also call for staffing 156 new jobs during the center’s first three years of operation.
“It is always good news for Florida when a company expands and increases its investment here,” said Governor Rick Scott. “Publix has a well-known history as one of Florida’s leading corporate citizens and contributors to our economic growth.”
Publix is working to make the new refrigerated distribution center operational by fourth quarter 2014, according to Richard Schuler, Publix’s vice president of distribution.
“In order to maintain our service levels to our stores and our service commitment to our customers, we needed to plan for future growth with an addition of a refrigerated distribution center,” Schuler said. “Orlando was the best choice given inbound and outbound deliveries and the proximity to major roadways.”
Partners in this corporate expansion project were the State of Florida; Enterprise Florida Inc., the state’s principal economic development organization; the City of Orlando; and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.
“The Publix Distribution Center will create quality jobs for residents and infuse a significant amount of capital in our city,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “The company’s decision to expand in our community is a true testament to the strong economy and business friendly environment that exists in the City of Orlando.”
“A project of this magnitude is quite rare, especially in times like these,” said Rick L. Weddle, president and CEO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC). “We are pleased that Publix Super Markets chose Central Florida for this new distribution center.”
Publix has received approval from the state and City of Orlando for an incentive package totaling about $3.8 million. It includes:
A Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus tax refund, which is performance-based, requiring the company to fulfill staffing and other contractual objectives before receiving tax rebates.
An Economic Development Transportation Fund (Road Fund) grant, which is awarded to a local government on behalf of a business for public transportation improvements.
Publix also is eligible for the following workforce development benefits the state provides:
Quick Response Training – an employer-driven training program that provides current Florida businesses with training needed for an expansion. A state educational facility (e.g., community college, technical center, school district or university) is available to assist with application and program development or delivery.
Incumbent Working Training – provides training to currently employed workers in Florida companies to maintain a competitive workforce and retain the business in-state.
About Publix Super Markets
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 151,000 employees, with 2010 sales of $25.1 billion. Currently Publix has 1,049 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.publix.com.
About the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission
The Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a not-for-profit, private/public partnership. The EDC serves Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties and the City of Orlando in Florida. Since its start in 1977, the EDC, with the support of its community partners, has assisted thousands of companies relocate, expand and grow in the four-county Metro Orlando (Florida) region. This has led to the creation of more than 165,000 jobs; over $9.2 billion in capital investment; and almost 77 million square feet of office and industrial space leased or constructed. For more information, visit www.OrlandoEDC.com.