Jacksonville's manufacturing scene is a Florida anomaly. Jacksonville is home to several manufacturers making products that one may not expect to find in the area. Here's a few.
4. Pilot Corporation of America
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The Pilot Corporation started off in the early 1900s, founded by Ryosuke Namiki and Masao Wada in Tokoyo, and going by the name Namiki Manufacturing Company. By 1926, the company had expanded overseas and 12 years later, would change its name to Pilot Pen Company. In 1972, the U.S. subsidiary Pilot Corporation of America was established. The Jacksonville operation was launched in 1995 and the company relocated its U.S. headquarters from Trumbull, CT to Jacksonville in 2008.
Today, Pilot is the third largest writing instrument company in America and is one of the fastest growing in the country. Pilot is known for their pens, sure, and they have all different types, from calligraphy to ballpoint. However, they also make pencils, markers, dry erase products, and highlighters.
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Pilot Corporation of America is located at 3901 Regent Blvd.