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Clay County, state officials celebrate R.J. Corman jobs

Bill Garrison (l), director of the Clay County Economic Development Council, and Gov. Rick Scott announcing R.J. Corman’s decision to locate its regional signaling operations in Clay County.

Bill Garrison (l), director of the Clay County Economic Development Council, and Gov. Rick Scott announcing R.J. Corman’s decision to locate its regional signaling operations in Clay County.


BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

Gov. Rick Scott and Clay County officials lauded R.J. Corman’s decision to base its regional signaling headquarters in Clay County.

Scott, Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope and Bill Garrison, director of the Clay County Economic Development Council headlined the company’s official announcement at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center in Orange Park Sept. 4.

The company said it will create 58 jobs over the next three years with an average salary of $62,500, which is 200 percent above Clay County’s current average.

EDC officials said Garrison helped bring the firm to Clay County by  acting as a mediator between R.J. Corman, CBRE Realty, the Clay County government and Enterprise Florida.

“My main focus during this entire process was to bring business and jobs to Clay County and we accomplished just that,” said Garrison.  “I served as the point person between all these entities and it was a pleasure being part of the process.  We all worked hard to make this happen and we are excited to welcome R.J. Corman to Clay County.”

Corman’s Clay County operations will be used to accelerate early stage growth in the engineering of railroad signal system design, wiring, construction, maintenance, packaging and material warehousing, and logistics.

To qualify for incentives agreed to by the state and county, R.J. Corman must create at least 58 jobs at an average salary of $62,500. However, the company said in a press release that it expects to exceed that target.  The higher paying jobs qualified R.J. Corman for a total incentive of $5,000 per job under the guidelines of Enterprise Florida’s Qualified Target Industry Incentive program.  The company will receive a total of $290,000 in tax refunds, 80 percent funded by the state and 20 percent by Clay County.

Craig King, president of R.J. Corman Signaling Company, said recruiting talent was a key factor in locating to Clay County.

“We wanted close access to Florida engineering schools which we consider significant,” he said. “We wanted to attract employees to life in the Sunshine State. We’re excited to grow our operations right here.”

During the announcement, Scott also posthumously recognized the company’s founder, Richard J. “Rick” Corman, as a Governor’s Business Ambassador for his leadership in creating jobs for Florida’s families.

Corman died Aug. 23 after a 10-year battle with cancer.  He was 58.

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