ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Advanced Disposal Services, an environmental services company, is relocating its corporate headquarters to Ponte Vedra Beach.
The privately owned company also has plans to expand, adding 85 new jobs, retaining 35 jobs, and injecting an estimated $4 million into the state economy.
"Any day that we are adding jobs is a good day in Florida," Florida governor Rick Scott said.
The growth plan was announced by Governor Rick Scott today in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the site of the company's new headquarters.
"This is an exciting day for us, [an] exciting day to be able to continue with our presence here in Florida and across the US," CEO of Advanced disposal Charlie Appleby said.
Advanced Disposal chose St. Johns County from a short list of 4 states and five communities, according to the Governor's office. The release cites positive financial factors and a business-friendly environment, pinpointing Florida's competitive corporate income tax rate and no personal income tax as key factors in the decision.
Finding and keeping a job isn't as easy as it used to be. That's why people like Ekatrina are happy a company hired her.
"I want to say thank you to everyone who made it possible for me, to people who interviewed me, people who made a decision to hire me and people who gave me an opportunity to be a part of the family," said Ekatrina.
Governor Scott says it's businesses like advanced disposal that have helped the employment rate in St Johns County drop from 9.7 to 5.5.
The governor also says the new development is helping Florida get to a goal of adding 700,000 jobs in 7 years. Scott said, after today, Florida is halfway there.
"My goal is to make our state the first place for people to build a company," said Gov. Scott.
The company is receiving over $500,000 in industry incentives for the creation of new jobs at an annual wage of $112,000 or more. St. Johns County contributed $162,120 in local incentives.
Advanced Disposal provides collection, transfer, disposal and recycling operations. It serves 3.3 million residential customers and 200,000 commercial customers across 20 states and the Bahamas.