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City claims first business success story from London trips

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Updated: 1/23 6:27 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Food producer Greencore plans to more than double the workforce at their warehouse on Jacksonville's north side. It's the first announced success from the 2012 trip to London city and state leaders made to recruit businesses to the River City.

A spokesman for Mayor Alvin Brown said area leaders met with hundreds of companies overseas and it took this long to make such an investment a reality. Greencore USA CEO Liam McClennon said the company has been in Jacksonville for 20 months and said Jacksonville's active recruitment is directly responsible for them coming here.

Greencore already added about 100 workers to more than double their workforce to about 190 workers and now they hope they can double their workforce again, to as many as 450 employees in the future. McClennon said if they need to find a bigger site to accommodate the growth they will.

The Irish-based company produces packaged foods like sushi, sandwiches and salads for Starbucks, Publix and more. They are hiring workers for assembly, production, quality control, shipping and receiving.

Florida Governor Rick Scott was on hand for the announcement to tout Greencore as a company that could benefit from his plan to invest $30 million in workforce training programs for prospective employees in Florida. He wants people who are not in the workforce or want a better job to get the training at state colleges and vocational schools. Private companies will work with state workforce boards to identify the training workers need. It's part of what Gov. Scott calls "It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget" which he plans to roll out soon. The legislature must approve the plan, which Gov. Scott said also includes $1.5 million to support exports and trade in the state.
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