6 International Companies Making Things in the Westside

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Jacksonville is about as close to a historical manufacturing mecca as you'll find in Florida. Blessed with a location where interstate highways, railroads, and ports meet, the city has the ideal ingredients for a highly diversified mix of manufactures. Here's six international manufacturers, that you may not have known, that are heavily invested in the city's Westside.

5. Reichhold LLC 2

Reichhold LLC 2 is a global supplier in the composites and coatings industries. Reichhold's history of innovation began when founder Henry Reichhold emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1924 and found employment in the paint department of the Ford Motor Company. Ford's assembly line production of the Model-T was hampered by the long drying requirements of paint, lacquers, and varnishes, taking anywhere from days to weeks. This resulted in many production delays. Following a personal request from Henry Ford, Henry Reichhold customized a solution in a friend's garage using resins imported from his family's business in Europe. In 1927, Henry formed Reichhold, Inc. With 19 manufacturing sites and 5 technology centers in 12 countries, today the Durham, NC-based company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of unsaturated polyester resins for composites and a leading supplier of coating resins for a wide variety of markets and applications.

Polyester resins are used in a variety of products such as wall panels, sheet molding compound, bulk molding compound and the toner of laser printers. Wall panels fabricated from polyester resins reinforced with fiberglass — so-called fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) — are typically used in restaurants, kitchens, restrooms and other areas that require washable low-maintenance walls. The Westside's 54 Wamsley Road Westside, unsaturated polyester resin plant has been in operation since 1946. The 15 acre plant is one of Reichhold's 6 facilities in the United States.

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