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Jacksonville Manufacturer Seeking City Grant To Expand Operations On Northside

A First Coast company is considering expanding its Northside manufacturing operations with a financial boost from the City of Jacksonville.

The Safariland Group wants to expand its manufacturing plant near the Jacksonville International Airport. Plans call for investing more than a $1 million for upgrades and hiring up to 30 people by the end of the year.

Kristen Sell, a spokeswoman for the city said, “They’ve been a local company here for many many years.”

Jacksonville wants to offer the company a training grant of $3,000 for each job it creates — for a maximum of $90,000 — with the stipulation that 40 percent of the new hires must live in North Jacksonville.

Sell said, “We really want to focus our job creation in that area to help spur some more growth in that community.”

Safariland makes protective products for law enforcement like handcuffs, holsters and body armor. The grant is pending approval by the City Council.

Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.