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Gov. Scott visits GE in Jacksonville

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Updated: 8/16/2013 6:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott makes a big push for more business in Jacksonville. And he's touting tax breaks to get the job done.

Scott made his way into General Electric in Jacksonville Friday morning, a company that he says is using a Florida sales tax exemption wisely.

"Thanks for businesses like GE and Unison. They are adding people, adding jobs and creating opportunities for American families," Scott said.

The exemption eliminates the tax that companies have to pay on expensive equipment.

"We build a variety of turbine engine components and accessories for the maritime and aviation industries," GE plant manager Jason Swinny said.

Scott said the exemption was made to keep Florida competitive.

"When you think about it, we should have more manufacturing jobs than we have. We only have 4.2 percent of our workforce in manufacturing -- way below the national average," Scott said.

Scott said he hopes to highlight the exemption to bring more manufacturing companies to Florida.

"In Florida, you won't have to spend that much money and you could put that money into marketing, hiring more people."

And keep the ones that are already here.

"We are recruiting manufacturing companies. We hope GE expands a lot of jobs here," Scott said.

Action News has learned that right now about 35,000 people are working in the manufacturing field in Florida's northeast region.

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