Some 200 new jobs will be added when a new manufacturing facility opens at the Port of Pensacola, according to the Pensacola News Journal. The facility will also generate $52 million in capital investment for the city.
The announcement was made on Thursday by Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward.
The project will be a partnership between Offshore Inland and Deepflex, which is located in Houston. It will be use an existing warehouse that is on 3.5 acres of undeveloped land. The facility is going to manufacture deep sea piping that is flexible. It will be used in the oil and gas industry.
Amy Miller is the Port Director. At the announcement Miller said the following:
“As this city grows, it needs economic diversity, and this project, along with other work going on at the port, will be an economic engine that will create great jobs and opportunities downtown … I think it represents a turning point into a new niche for the port in the offshore services industry.”
The facilities are going to need a multitude of employees, including laborers and engineers, according to Buddy McCormick. McCormick is the vice president of offshore operations for Offshore Inland.
The Mayor of Pensacola, Ashton Hayward, said at the press conference, “The constant modernization of subsea oil and natural gas production, combined with our nation’s renewed dedication to reducing dependence on foreign oil, has provided new opportunities for our historic port to play an important role in our city’s economic growth and diversification.”
The deal is occurring because of a $6.6 million of state and local incentives, according to Senator Don Gaetz.
“To me it’s about creating jobs,” McCormick said. “You know, we’re not a service company. We’re not a restaurant. We’re not a hotel. We’re not paying guys $10 and $8 an hour. Our lowest paid guys are gonna be making $20 an hour. So we’re creating good jobs for blue collar workers in the downtown core area. Literally, a worker’s gonna be able to live in downtown Pensacola, ride his bike to work and make $60,000 per year manufacturing something for export.”Mayor of Pensacola Announces Deal with Offshore Inland That Will Create 200 Jobs by Jim Vassallo