A&M Manufacturing Inc. is moving into vacant space in Chiefland for its expansion, bringing more than 100 jobs and new product lines.
The company, which was based in Old Town since 1990, needed a larger space to accommodate its growth plans. The NCBDC assisted in site selection, with the company agreeing that the former Central Florida Electric Cooperative warehouse and operations center adjacent to Chiefland High School was perfect for its concept.
The company – manufacturer of pontoon and platform boats – looks to double its boat molds within a year, adding three product lines with national distribution. Additionally, A&M has contracted with Terminal Investment Corporation Online (TICO) for manufacturing spotter trucks cabs used by such shipping companies as FedEx and UPS.
Significant capital investment has been made by CFEC and A&M to renovate the former warehouse, including installation of a fire suppression system and facility upgrades, in addition to going through the process of having the five-acre property rezoned to allow the proposed business activities.
The state and Levy County recognize the project as a target industry, with the Department of Economic Opportunity awarding several hundred thousand in tax credits, with the County agreeing to finalize a grant award in the coming month to help offset project costs.
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion has assisted with talent recruitment, with about 105 proposed jobs to be created the next three years in addition to the roughly 20 employees currently with the company.