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One of Jaxport's oldest companies may have to shift business

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Updated: 9/24/2013 7:35 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- As an environmental study of Jaxport lags on, the shipping business is in danger of shipping out of Jacksonville, with it carrying thousands of jobs. More than 200 of those jobs, are at one of our city's longest running port businesses; a division of Suddath, Penser SC.

"That's truck drivers, warehousemen, warehouse managers, customer service reps," said company president Shawn Barnett.

Barnett said his company has put generations of Jacksonville to work for more than 100 years.

"Jacksonville's home, and we've had employees that have been here for a lot of years and it would be sad for them to be looking for work, said Barnett.

But without a solid plan for port deepening, Barnett fears other deeper ports in Georgia and are becoming more appealing to his shipping clients.

"What will happen long term is the containers will go to other ports cost will be cheaper to go to other ports and that's where our customers will end up going," he said.

It's not something Barnett wants to see happen, but Suddath and Penser SC said they need to do what's best for business.
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