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8 Unique Products Produced in Jacksonville
« on: March 10, 2015, 03:00:03 AM »
8 Unique Products Produced in Jacksonville



Jacksonville's manufacturing scene is a Florida anomaly. Jacksonville is home to several manufacturers making products that one would not expect to find in Florida. Here's a few.

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« Last Edit: March 10, 2015, 12:53:12 PM by thelakelander »

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Re: 8 Unique Products Produced in Jacksonville
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2015, 04:39:56 AM »
Nice tour.
I think I'll start having some peanut butter with my coffee.

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Re: 8 Unique Products Produced in Jacksonville
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2015, 08:48:12 AM »
What a cool story.
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Re: 8 Unique Products Produced in Jacksonville
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2015, 09:13:43 AM »
So this is why our Natty Light is so fresh!

Also, I really want to try some of that peanut butter. Guess I'm going to have to go commit some crimes.

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Re: 8 Unique Products Produced in Jacksonville
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2015, 09:15:01 AM »
Great list. I would add Sally Corporation's dark rides and animatronic attractions to the list. A very unique Jacksonville company. 

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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2015, 09:44:35 AM »
I still haven't been on a tour of the beer factory, something I need to do.

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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2015, 11:03:50 AM »
You should take a day and do the Budweiser tour and the Sally Corporation tour, as both are free.

I dig the fact that the steel company is located on Rebar Road.

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Re: 8 Unique Products Produced in Jacksonville
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2015, 12:20:34 PM »
My friend must be an engineer for Load King. I don't think he ever mentioned his company's name though, only that they make the countertops and tables for Starbucks, Smoothie King, and Einstein Bros. Thanks for introducing me to the company.

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You should take a day and do the Budweiser tour and the Sally Corporation tour, as both are free.

Off-topic, but does anyone know if the Bacardi Bottling facility does tours? I have heard of such a thing from several different sources, but can't find any real info on this.

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Re: 8 Unique Products Produced in Jacksonville
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2015, 12:53:41 PM »
^Thanks. The proofreader must have missed it.
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2015, 01:26:34 AM »
I have no idea how the editors missed this, but its not like the address is miles away from Load King, rather a couple of blocks:

From a 2009 article in the Times Union - By James Cannon Wed, Jul 8, 2009 @ 9:25 am

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Silk soy milk keeps Jacksonville dairy factory in business Makers of Silk bought the local building and increased production.

One of the regions last dairy factories was saved by an unlikely legume, the soybean.

WhiteWave Foods, the producers of Silk Soymilk, purchased the failing Morningstar dairy factory in 2003, and since then the plant has experienced unprecedented growth.

“In 2003 the plant was scheduled to close and we laid off about a third of the work force,” plant manager John Jennings said. “The problem wasn’t the workers or our methods, it was primarily due to low volume and a lack of new capital.”

Shortly after WhiteWave took over the factory at 2198 W. Beaver St., it purchased the small building adjacent to the plant. That building became a mini-factory that extracted the liquid from the soy bean, rather than having the soy liquid trucked in to be processed.

Now, every aspect associated with creating Silk is performed on-site.

Since WhiteWave’s initial investment of more than $10 million, the plant has increased annual production from six million gallons of dairy product to more than 18 million gallons of combined dairy and soy product; it has increased operational hours from three days a week to 24/7 and has hired an additional 20 employees, for a total of 95.

However, the Silk factory is not content to stand still, Jennings said.

“By the beginning [of the second quarter] of 2010 we are set to receive a new piece of equipment that will allow us to produce an additional five million gallons a year,” he said. “The best part about it, though, is that we will be hiring new people. In bad economic times, it’s always nice to be hiring people.”

When discussions began about expanding the WhiteWave brand, the Jacksonville facility was a prime candidate, said Luana Hancock, a spokesperson for the company said.

“The plant is in close proximity of some of our largest customers, and its location gave us the ability to serve the Southeast and state of Florida cost-effectively,” she said.

The other reason, she said, was Morningstar was also a subsidiary of Dean Foods, the same parent company that owns WhiteWave Foods.

“Given our Silk brand’s volume growth at the time, and the process required for producing soymilk, there was a desire and cost-benefit to producing Silk in a plant that was less complex than some of our existing WhiteWave plants,” Hancock said.

Jennings, who began work at the factory 32 years ago in the maintenance department, also said he was focusing on several construction projects that will increase safety.

“We are also in the process of a $1 million safety project involving re-routing our soybean loading dock,” he said.

Currently, the tractor trailers that deliver the raw product to the factory have to make a 90-degree turn in the middle of Beaver Street. After the construction, the trucks will begin to enter through the main gate on King Street. The move will relieve congestion on the busy street and reduce the risk of an accident, Jennings said.

Another high point for Jennings' safety record is the more than 700 accident-free days on-site and the all-time record of more than 1,300 accident free days.

“We take safety extremely seriously here,” he said. “We even invited the [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] to take a tour. They only found a few extremely minor infractions. It was reassuring to us to know that we were doing things right.”

The recycling methods have also greatly improved, creating a 32 percent reduction in overall waste, Jennings said.

“We also donate the leftover by-product of the soybean extraction to local farmers,” he said. “The [by-product] is high in protein and perfect for livestock feed. And, not only are we giving back to the community, it cuts down on our operating costs because we no longer have to truck it to a landfill.”

Community service is also something the WhiteWave factory takes great pride in. Every week plant employees head down to their adopted road, McCoys Creek Boulevard, to clean it up.

“We try to be a very responsible company and help our neighbors,” Jennings said.
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Re: 8 Unique Products Produced in Jacksonville
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2015, 06:32:08 AM »
White Wave was not overlooked. Jax has hundreds of unique manufacturing businesses. We randomly selected eight for this particular article. In the future, we'll select more for different themes.
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Re: 8 Unique Products Produced in Jacksonville
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2015, 07:06:59 PM »
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