Hans-Mill Corporation, one of the nation's leading manufacturers of metal and plastic household products, will soon open a state-of-the-art manufacturing center near JAXPORT's North Jacksonville marine terminals. The 121,000-square-foot facility will be used for manufacturing, assembling and distributing stainless steel trash cans and plastic household products sold at major retailers around the world.
Hans-Mill will use JAXPORT to import materials used in its manufacturing process from Asia, as well as for the import of finished goods for U.S. distribution. In addition, the company has been granted permission to operate within JAXPORT's Foreign Trade Zone No. 64. The facility, which already serves as the company's headquarters, represents an $11 million investment in Northeast Florida and creates 23 new, direct jobs.
"The efficiencies Northeast Florida provides have allowed us to bring some of the manufacturing that is traditionally done overseas back to the United States," said Kenneth Ubillus, Hans-Mill Director of Operations. "We felt welcome in Jacksonville from the very beginning and look forward to being a visible part of this community."
"Hans-Mill's decision to invest here highlights the many advantages we offer the industry," said Eric Green, JAXPORT interim CEO. "Excellent ocean service options from Asia, cost-effective transportation, 60 million plus consumers nearby and a business-friendly environment, all continue to attract manufacturing here."
Hans-Mill joins other household names, including Michaels Stores, Inc., Coach, Inc. and Bacardi Limited, in taking advantage of FTZ No. 64's cost savings and streamlined Customs processes.