ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Manufacturing jobs are making a comeback in central Florida.
Other companies are expanding and even moving their operations here.
With a larger, 500,000-square-foot building, Amcor
Gatorade bottles are among new containers they'll be making at the new facility. Those bottles used to be made in a different state, but with a bigger building the company said it is consolidating operations.
"The shipping offsets the labor and good workforces are hard to find," said Mike Schmitt, president of Amcor Rigid Plastics.
More companies are following Amcor's lead.
Metro Orlando's Economic Development Commission helped 40 manufacturers move or expand in central Florida within the last year, they said.
According to the group, that could mean as many as 4,000 new jobs over the next three years.
"I've spent the last 30 years in this business watching a lot of manufacturing going offshore, and now we're seeing a lot of, not all, but a lot of reshoring for a number of reasons," said Rick Weddle, president of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.
Weddle says the work climate in Florida makes the state attractive to manufacturers.
"We are a
The larger facility will allow Amcor to add nearly 30 new positions, which means by the end of the year, there will be 150 employees, Amcor officials said.