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Governor Scott announces jobs coming to Clay County

5:34 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Florida Governor Rick Scott visited Orange Park on Wednesday morning to speak about jobs coming to the area.

Scott announced R.J. Corman Railroad Group will bring nearly 60 jobs with the opening of a regional headquarters in Orange Park.

"R.J. Corman Signaling in Clay County is great news for Florida families. These 58 new jobs are reflective of the work we're doing to create opportunities for families to succeed," Governor Scott said. "Nearly 370,000 private-sector jobs have been added in just over two years, the unemployment rate was again below the national average in July and we've reduced burdensome regulations on businesses. It's working in Florida."

The Clay County headquarters will be used to accelerate early stage growth in the company's engineering of railroad signal system design, wiring, construction, maintenance, packaging and material warehousing, and logistics. According to a press release, the company chose Clay County because of the quality of Florida's engineering talent pipeline and low training costs.

"Florida is fifth in high-tech employment, and ranks at the top among all states for employment in communications equipment manufacturing, internet and telecommunications, engineering services, computer systems design and other high-tech fields," said Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, who serves as president & CEO of Enterprise Florida. "We are very fortunate that a company like R.J. Corman sees the strength in our workforce and has chosen to establish their new regional headquarters here."

The project was made possible thanks to strong partnerships at the state and local levels, the release said. The partnerships include Enterprise Florida, Inc., Clay County Economic Development Council, JAXUSA Partnership and the Department of Economic Opportunity worked with R.J. Corman Signaling, LLC to make this expansion possible.

"This is a great win for our region and is adding to the more than 3,200 jobs already announced this year," said Jerry Mallot, president of JAXUSA Partnership. "R.J. Korman Signaling will add to the growing number of technology firms that are finding top industry talent right here in Northeast Florida."

The release said R.J. Corman Railroad Group announced the creation of the new company, R.J. Corman Signaling, in April. Founded in 1973, R.J. Corman Railroad Group is a multi-service provider to the railroad industry with more than 40 locations throughout the United States, including 11 short line railroads.

"We welcome the R.J. Corman Signaling headquarters to Florida, where the company will add 58 high-skill, high-wage jobs for Florida families," said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio. "Rail services are an integral part of Florida's local economies and R.J. Corman Signaling's decision to locate its regional headquarters here highlights the Scott Administration's investment in critical infrastructure."

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