Key Announcements

omnicommander creates 30 high wage jobs in miramar beach

OMNICOMMANDER, located in Miramar Beach, Walton County, is a technology company specializing in Credit Union Website Design, Social Media Marketing and branding solutions. The company currently employs more than 20 Floridians and will create 30 new high wage jobs. Full Article.



butterfly training opens us hq in panama city

French-based Butterfly Training will open its U.S. headquarters in Panama City at Gulf Coast State College. The company offers numerous e-learning and cloud-based training courses, focused on airport security, safety and dangerous goods, airlines, and aviation manufacturing companies. Full Article.



ST Engineering Grand Opening at the pensacola international airport

ST Engineering opened its new maintenance, repair and overhaul hangar located at the Pensacola International Airport. The hangar is large enough to accommodate two Boeing 777s, four Boeing 757s or six aircraft in Airbus' A320 range. The $46 million-dollar project was made possible through a combination of funds from the state, county, city and the company. It will employ 400 professionals. Full Article.



Air Temp de Mexico establishes US HQ in Panama City

Foreign-owned automotive supplier, Air Temp de Mexico, locates US HQ in Panama City. Proximity to 12 automotive OEMs in the Southeast like Volkswagen and Nissan, and Port Panama City, are reasons for their expansion to Northwest Florida. The company will create 50 new jobs in phase one and make a capital investment of $6 million. Full article.


Allegiant Air establishes new aircraft base in Okaloosa County

Allegiant Air establishes a new aircraft base at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. The company will create 65 new jobs and invest more than $49 million. Allegiant plans to begin hiring pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians and ground personnel to support operations. Positions are expected to offer average salaries more than double the area's average wage. Full article.



Air Force chooses Tyndall AFB in Panama City for next generation drone mission

The U.S. Air Force selects Tyndall Air Force Base for the MQ-9 Reaper wing, the most advanced unmanned aerial vehicle in the world. The program will bring 1,600 jobs and $250 million in new construction at the base. Tyndall AFB was selected because there are fewer aircraft competing for air space, nearby training ranges, great weather and lower up-front costs. Full article.


GKN Aerospace locates manufacturing facility in Panama City

UK-based GKN Aerospace, one of the world’s largest suppliers to the international aviation industry, will build a new manufacturing facility for advanced technologies in Panama City. GKN will create 170 new jobs and make a capital investment of more than $55 million. The company selected Panama City because of the existing talent, education system to support future employees, ability to recruit people, and good strategic location. Full article.



Cape Horn Boats to expand on certified site in Santa Rosa County

Fabbro Marine, a local manufacturer of Cape Horn offshore boats, is the first to expand on Gulf Power’s Florida First Sites, the first regional site certification program to develop project-ready industrial sites. The company is located at the Santa Rosa Industrial Park East in Milton, Fl. The company currently employs 30 people with wages 115% of the local area and will create 10 new jobs and invest $4 million. Full article.



Eastern Shipbuilding awarded $10.5 billion Coast Guard contract

Home-grown Eastern Shipbuilding, an innovator in marine construction and repair, lands $10.5 billion contract to build two dozen new U.S. Coast Guard cutters. Because of the contract, Eastern Shipbuilding will create 2,000 new jobs in Panama City. At a cost of around $484 million per ship, it’s the largest contract the Coast Guard has ever awarded in its 226-year history. Additionally, it just broke ground on an outfitting and repair facility in Port St. Joe, Gulf County to work on Staten Island Ferries and more.  Full article.



Navy Federal Credit Union expect to invest $1 billion and employ 10,000 in Pensacola

Navy Federal, the largest credit union in the world, is expected to have a $1 billion capital investment in Pensacola, a $425 million payroll and 10,000 employees working on the local campus. The company has continued to grow and expand in Pensacola since 2003 and is on target to hire 10,000 employees. Full article.



Florida’s Great Northwest is here to provide you the practical, on-the-ground resources and support you need for your business location/expansion project. From incentives to site selection to workforce development, we’ve got the expertise and connections to help your business be even more competitive with a Northwest Florida location.

Kim Wilmes - President & CEO

President & CEO