City issues more permits for $65 million Danone manufacturing addition in Jacksonville

City issues more permits for $65 million Danone manufacturing addition in Jacksonville

Danone North America’s $65 Million Plant Expansion in Jacksonville Progresses with New Permits

The expansion of Danone North America’s production line in Northwest Jacksonville continues to move forward as the city recently issued additional construction permits. The $65 million project, announced by Danone in February, involves significant upgrades and the addition of a new production line at its Jacksonville plant.

Recent developments in the project include:

  1. Renovation of Extraction Building: The city issued permits for R.C. Stevens Construction Co. to renovate a 16,158-square-foot extraction building, with a construction cost of $7.5 million. The renovation also includes adding a 1,552-square-foot batch room.
  2. Main Building Renovations: Permits were issued for renovations to the main building at 2198 W. Beaver St. This 102,033-square-foot building will undergo improvements at a job cost of $7.5 million.
  3. Previous Approvals: Site work by R.C. Stevens was approved in December 2022, and a permit for building a pump room was granted to Auld & White Constructors LLC in July.

Danone North America’s expansion project aims to enhance its production capabilities and add 40 full-time jobs to the existing workforce of 110. The company plans to install a new bottle production line to increase the production of various coffee and creamer brands, including International Delight, Silk, and SToK.

The project, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2024, received support from the Jacksonville City Council in the form of a $3.6 million property tax and grant incentives package. The incentives are tied to Danone’s commitment to retaining existing jobs and adding new positions with an annual average wage of $50,000.

As construction progresses, the expansion is expected to contribute to the growth and development of Danone North America’s operations in Jacksonville.