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.
5. Shaw's Southern Belle Frozen Foods
The concept for Shaw’s dates way back to the 1800s, where the Shaw family worked and lived along the southern waterways of New Jersey. That would carry through the 19th and into the 20th centuries, as the Shaws continued to fish and build boats.
Both H.W. Shaw and Flossie Shaw decided to head off for Florida at the start of the 20th century, however, and by 1934 they had opened up their first crab plant in Apalachicola. Not long after that, they would relocate to Jacksonville.
Since then, the company has grown globally. Today, CEO John Shaw runs the company, which has become one of the country’s largest specialty seafood packagers. Their products include conch fritters, crab cakes, tuna sliders, crab stuffing and mac and cheese.
Aerial shot of the processing plant in Panama Park circa 1930 and today. Courtesy of Shaw's Southern Belle
John R. Shaw Sr. overlooking the crab picking operation, circa 1940. Courtesy of Shaw's Southern Belle
Shaw’s is located at 821 Virginia St, Jacksonville.