Transportation Manufacturing

Northwest Florida provides a strategic location for companies like yours that produce products that transport people and goods. In addition to the many aerospace products and parts manufactured in the region, Northwest Florida is home to a number of motor vehicle part manufacturers, large-scale shipbuilders, and custom fishing boat builders.

Your company can benefit from the strategic advantages Northwest Florida has in transportation manufacturing, including:

  • Close proximity to 12 automotive and 6 aerospace OEMs
  • 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 MAP  
  • Three deep-water ports, two of which are Foreign Trade Zones  , and access to 4 additional ports/FTZs
  • 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


Our labor shed has the following Transportation Manufacturing companies:

  • 42 Ship Building and Repairing
  • 27 Boat Building
  • 15 Aircraft Manufacturing
  • 9 Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing


The laborshed has seen significant growth in transportation manufacturing-related jobs over the last five years:

  • 234% growth in Turbine and Turbine Generator Set Units Manufacturing
  • 38% growth in Truck Trailer Manufacturing jobs
  • 28% growth in Motor Vehicle Electrical and Electronic Equipment Manufacturing jobs
  • 25% growth in Aircraft Engine and Engine Part Manufacturing


Port Panama City, with its six deep-water berths, Foreign Trade Zone status and 200-acre Intermodal Distribution Center, is a significant regional asset, as is the Port of Pensacola. These assets, coupled with the new 4,000-acre Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport near Panama City in Bay County, make Northwest Florida an ideal hub for international trade.  Learn more about Northwest Florida’s Transportation Infrastructure.

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 available incentives in Northwest Florida.

Featured Companies

Cape Horn

Cape Horn is a family-owned and operated business steeped in tradition. Thirty years of refinement and innovation and a no-nonsense approach to offshore fishing has made Cape Horn the preeminent fishing boat company in Florida.

Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern is a leading innovator in marine construction and repair. They were recently awarded the contract for Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter with construction beginning in 2018. Using a state-of-the-art production line and fabrication process, Eastern builds everything from offshore supply vessels to barges to inland transport vessels and more.

Glasstream Powerboats, Inc.

Established in 1983, Glasstream Powerboats, Inc. has a strong dealer network in the US and internationally. The company is a proven world leader in designing and creating advanced fuel-efficient center console boats with the dual inverted stepped hull. This unique low-drag design increases operational efficiency and stability.

Patti Marine

Since 1977, the PATTI family has been producing award-winning ships. The company has built Ferries, Quarters Barges, Galley Barges, Research Vessels, Clam Vessels, Long-liners, Dinner Vessels, Trawlers, Anchor Tenders, Drift Collectors, Floating Machine Shops and River Towboats.

Scandy White

Scandy-White Boats is a custom boat manufacturer specializing in aluminum fabrication. The company also builds custom parts for automotive and recreational uses.

Xtreme Boats

Xtreme Boats, a privately-owned aluminum boat builder founded in 1999, produces the highest quality, hand-made aluminum fishing boats by utilizing only the most skilled craftsmen and latest techniques.


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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