JACKSONVILLE, FL--A West Virginia-based plastics manufacturer, Flying W Plastics Inc., will invest $8 million in a new facility here  and create 28 new jobs. Flying W Plastics makes piping products for water, gas, sewer and geothermal uses. In late June, the Jacksonville City Council approved the economic development agreement and a $100,000 grant from the Northwest Jacksonville Economic Development Fund.
Flying W Plastics primarily sells its product up and down the Eastern Seaboard and was looking for a second location to supply markets in Florida and the Southeast, according to Flying W President Doug Morris.
“As soon as we started talking to the city and JAXUSA Partnership, we really felt they wanted us to be a part of the community and that they would do everything they could to help us succeed here,” says Morris. “This is the perfect location for our second manufacturing facility and we look forward to getting up and running later this year.”
The company plans to invest in bringing the onsite rail spur back on line, increasing the building’s electric capacity and will be working with CareerSource Northeast Florida to hire residents who live near the renovated facility.
“When advanced manufacturers are looking for a place to serve their customers in the Southeast, more and more are choosing to invest in Jacksonville,” says JAXUSA Partnership President Aundra Wallace. “They can get their product to customers in both south Florida and Atlanta in the same day, and know we have the skilled workforce they’ll need to get the job done.”