Heavy Industry

Northwest Florida is home to several heavy industrial manufacturers. Your company can benefit from the strategic advantages Northwest Florida has in heavy industry, including:

  • Available land, cost-efficient power, and abundance of water
  • Nearly 800 manufacturers in the region, a manufacturing workforce of 56,000 within a one-hour drive time, and 3,000 separating military personnel each year ready to work for you MAP  
  • Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad has access to Class I Rail CSX & Norfolk Southern, and short lines
  • I-10 running from Jacksonville to Los Angeles, also connecting to I-65, I-75, and I-95
  • Three deep-water ports, two of which are Foreign Trade Zones  , and access to four additional ports/FTZs


Our laborshed has the following Heavy Industry companies:

  • Eight Fabricated Pipe and Pipe Fitting Manufacturing

  • Seven Plastics Material and Resin Manufacturing

  • Five Artificial and Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
  • Four Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing

The laborshed has seen significant growth in heavy industrial related jobs over the last five years:

  • 517% growth in Laminated Plastics Plate, Sheet (except Packaging), and Shape Manufacturing jobs
  • 164% growth in Fabricated Pipe and Pipe Fitting Manufacturing jobs
  • 89% growth in Other Miscellaneous Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing jobs

Low Cost Electric Power & Natural Gas

Northwest Florida is serviced by two investor-owned electric utilities and four electric membership cooperatives. These companies are:

Investor Owned Companies

Electric Membership Cooperatives through PowerSouth

While electric rates are nationally competitive, special rates are available for industrial and other large customers.


Natural Gas

Florida Gas Transmission Company is the natural gas provider in the region. The company is 100% owned by Citrus Corp — a joint venture between Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Energy Transfer. The company’s current infrastructure and capability include:

  • 5,500-mile pipeline system with extensive access to diverse natural gas supply sources
  • A supply capability of 2.3 Bcf/day of natural gas to the rapidly growing Florida peninsula


Business Cost Advantages

Northwest Florida will benefit from $1.5 billion in economic development enhancements, such as workforce training and infrastructure, over the next 15 years. Additionally, Florida ranks among the best states for business because of its pro-business tax policies and competitive cost of doing business.

Your company can benefit from inducements to help offset initial costs when locating a new or expanding your existing business in Northwest Florida. Moreover, your business dollars go further given the state's limited corporate taxes and your employees benefit from 0% state personal income tax.

Learn more about incentives avilable with a Northwest Florida location.


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.

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