Nassau County News


  • June 21, 2017

    Seven Florida Manufacturers Recognized with 2017 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards

    ORLANDO – Seven Florida companies received statewide recognition as the 2017 winners of the first Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards.  The awards, recognizing high performing manufacturers in six categories, were announced and presented June 2 at the Governor's Sterling Awards Banquet in Orlando.
  • October 18, 2016

    Amelia Island Named Top 10 U.S. Island by Conde Nast Traveler Readers

    AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (October 18, 2016) – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island has one again placed among the Top 10 U.S. Islands in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.  Amelia Island finished in the #4 spot in a list comprised of destinations such as Maui, Kauai and Oahu and only one other Florida island – Longboat Key – in the 29th annual competition.
  • September 1, 2016

    Chesapeake Utilities Corporation to Celebrate Commencement of First Combined Heat and Power Plant Operation

    New Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant provides reduced emissions, increased reliability and savings for Amelia Island, Florida customers
  • December 9, 2016

    Gov. Scott: LignoTech Florida to Create 50 Jobs in Nassau County

    For Immediate Release
    December 9, 2016
    Contact: media@eog.myflorida.com
    (850) 717-9282

     
    Gov. Scott: LignoTech Florida to Create 50 Jobs in Nassau County
     
    FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott announced that Borregaard ASA (BRG) and Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (RYAM) have chosen Fernandina Beach as the location of their new venture, LignoTech Florida (LTF).  The new manufacturing facility will be housed at RYAM’s Fernandina Beach site and will create 50 jobs in Nassau County. 
     
    Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Fernandina Beach has been selected as the best location for the new LignoTech facility, which will create 50 new jobs for families in Nassau County.  Borregaard ASA and Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. are global companies that could have selected any other state to invest in, but they ultimately chose Florida thanks to our hard work to cut taxes and build a business-friendly environment.”
     
    The new operation will provide environmentally friendly alternatives to oil-based products used in construction, agriculture and other industrial applications.  Construction for the project is expected to begin shortly with operations beginning approximately 18 months after the commencement of construction.
     
    Paul Boynton, the Chairman, President and CEO of Rayonier Advanced Materials, said, “We’re excited to move forward with this new business to produce environmentally friendly alternatives to many fossil-fuel based products.  Our partnership with Borregaard will create over 50 high-paying jobs and contribute more than $28 million annually to Northeast Florida’s economy.  LignoTech Florida creates value for the stockholders of Borregaard and Rayonier Advanced Materials and is great for our community and Fernandina plant." 
     
    Per A. Sørlie, President and CEO of Borregaard, said, “This project creates significant new growth opportunities for our lignin business.  Our partnership pairs Borregaard’s expertise in manufacturing, marketing and product development of lignin-based products with RYAM’s co-product generation and highly-competitive site location.  We appreciate the strong local support this project has already received. Officials at the city, county and state levels have been excellent partners.  We look forward to working with them in the future.”
     
    Partners in the expansion include Enterprise Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Nassau County Economic Development Board.
     
    Mike Grissom, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Florida, Inc., said, “We’re excited to announce this expansion by Rayonier Advanced Materials.  This new partnership between Rayonier Advanced Materials and Borregaard ASA made this a highly competitive project.  These are two global industry leaders that could have chosen any location worldwide.  Because of the teamwork between our state and local partners, today we’re thanking these great companies for choosing Nassau County and Florida.”
     
    Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “It’s great news for Florida families that another international company has recognized the incredible opportunity to grow its business in Florida.  Florida’s strong manufacturing sector leads the nation in job gains, and the 50 new high-skill, high-wage jobs that LignoTech will bring to Nassau County will help us continue to set the bar for manufacturing growth.”
     
    Laura DiBella, Executive Director of the Nassau County Economic Development Board, said, “I cannot express enough how incredible this expansion is to the City of Fernandina Beach, Nassau County and the Northeast Florida region as a whole.  It is such a uniquely positive project where its implementation will not only enhance operations at the current Rayonier Advanced Materials facility, it will also reduce the carbon footprint in numerous applications by replacing petroleum based products.  All this while creating high wage manufacturing jobs with a tremendous economic impact in what is currently a designated rural county in Florida.  This is economic development at its finest and I am so thrilled and proud to welcome LignoTech Florida to Nassau County!”
     
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    About Rayonier Advanced Materials
    Rayonier Advanced Materials is the leading global supplier of high-purity, cellulose specialties natural polymers for the chemical industry.  Working closely with its customers, the Company engineers natural polymeric chemical chains to create dozens of customized high-purity performance fibers at its plants in Florida and Georgia. Rayonier Advanced Materials’ intellectual property and manufacturing processes have been developed over 85 years, resulting in unique properties and very high quality and consistency.  The Company’s facilities have the capacity to produce approximately 485,000 tons of cellulose specialties for use in a wide range of industrial and consumer products such as filters, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals and approximately 245,000 tons of commodity products.  Rayonier Advanced Materials is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 exporters and delivers products to 79 ports around the world, serving customers in 20 countries across five continents.  More information is available at www.rayonieram.com.
     
    About Borregaard ASA
    Borregaard operates the world’s most advanced biorefinery.  By using natural, sustainable raw materials, Borregaard produces advanced and environmentally friendly biochemicals, biomaterials and bioethanol that replace oil-based products.  The Borregaard Group has 1050 employees in 16 countries and had revenues in 2015 of approximately $500 million.  The lignin business constitutes close to 50% of the Group’s turnover with plants in 7 countries.

    Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida.  EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses.  EFI launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the state as the nation’s premier business destination.
     
    About Nassau County Economic Development Board
    The Nassau County Economic Development Board is an independent, public-private, 501c3 organization that serves as the unified voice and single point-of-contact representing Nassau County, Florida, as a desirable place to relocate a business or to grow and expand an existing business.  Its vision is to create a thriving and sustainable community - one with a diverse economy and high-wage, quality jobs for area residents, coupled with an unparalleled quality of life.  www.NassauFlorida.com
     
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  • August 11, 2016

    Jacksonville-based company selected to plan massive community in Nassau

    Jacksonville-based WG Pitts Co. will design a 1,641-acre master planned community in Nassau County. The massive development calls for 3,000 homes.
  • July 26, 2016

    Gator's Dockside to open in Yulee

    Gator's Dockside, a family-friendly, sports-themed restaurant, will open its tenth Florida location in the Villages of Amelia shopping center, located in the growing Chester Road/Amelia Concourse corridor.
  • July 25, 2016

    FSCJ receives multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for needs-based nursing scholarships

    Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) was awarded a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) which will provide scholarships for disadvantaged full-time students in the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nursing degree program.

    In this first year, FSCJ was awarded $647,800 to support 50 scholarships for nursing students who are in need of financial assistance. The scholarship will provide for books, uniforms and other incidentals incurred while completing the 16-month program. The full grant total has the potential to reach over $2.5 million and assist 200 nursing students to achieve their A.S. degree.

  • July 12, 2016

    Two Nassau County companies among second-stage businesses competing for state recognition

    (Nassau County, Fla.)  GrowFL has announced the 2016 Florida Companies to Watch finalists.  The awards event - now in its sixth year - honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. More than 600 companies were nominated for this year’s award.  The finalists collectively represent $598 million in annual revenue and employ 3,028 full-time equivalent employees.
  • June 15, 2016

    FSCJ Offers Class in Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life at the Barnabas Center

    The FSCJ Betty P Cook Nassau Center is offering a course in Strategies for Success (SLS1103) at the Barnabas Center, 1303 Jasmine St., Suite 101, Fernandina Beach, for the fall semester. 
  • June 6, 2016

    FSCJ Offers Scholarship Opportunity for Nassau County Graduates

    Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) has announced a scholarship opportunity available to recent Nassau County high school graduates. The Rayonier Community Funded for Nassau Scholarship is now accepting applications from those who have earned their high school diplomas within the past five years.
  • May 6, 2016

    CBC National Bank named “Top Community Bank SBA Lender in North Florida for Fiscal Year 2015”

    CBC National Bank, headquartered in Fernandina Beach and with branches in Fernandina Beach, Ocala and The Villages, Fla., and Beaufort and Port Royal, S.C., today announced that the bank has again been recognized as the No. 1 ranked community bank U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in the north Florida district in total dollar volume and number of loans (and was ranked No. 2 in the state).
  • May 4, 2016

    Nassau County could be the next "industrial powerhouse"

    Nassau County isn’t currently an industrial powerhouse, but that could soon change as three projects on opposite ends of the county continue to gain momentum.

    Laura DiBella took over as the county’s director of economic development about 18 months ago and is currently working to attract hundreds of millions of capital investment into the community.

    What’s attracting the companies is simple, she says — fast access to several ports, rail access from two class one railroads and large tracts of undeveloped land. One of the projects is near Yulee, another near the Fernandina Beach area and the last is in western Nassau at the Crawford Diamond Industrial Park.
  • May 23, 2016

    Nassau County School District welcomes FastTrack'D training program

    This summer the Nassau County School District will once again partner with Cook Systems to bring FastTrack’D! to the Lewis “Red” Bean Nassau Technical Career Center (NTCC) in Yulee.
     
    FastTrack’D is a FREE train-to-hire program for aspiring Java developers.  It consists of an 8 week full-time boot camp styled course.  Applicants that pass the summer program are hired at a starting salary in the mid-30s and receive regularly scheduled pay increases.  At the end of the three year apprenticeship styled employment, you will be earning approximately $70K per year.  Veteran developers may earn as much as $120K per year as they become senior level programmers later in their careers.  Applicants must be open to relocation if placement requires it.
  • April 19, 2016

    Seeking Fall Term Adjuncts for the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center

    The Florida State College at Jacksonville Betty P. Cook Nassau Center is seeking a qualified adjunct for the fall term, which begins on August 24, 2016.  An instructor is needed for a daytime class in Economics. A Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution is required with a graduate major concentration or a minimum of eighteen graduate semester hours in the primary teaching field.
  • February 3, 2017

    What's next after LignoTech?

    News Leader (Fernandina Beach, FL)
    February 3, 2017

    What’s next after LignoTech? 
    DiBella hints at development to come

    Author: ERIC GUTIERREZ
    egutierrez@fbnewsleader.com 
    News-Leader
    Section: News
    Page: A1

     
    With the construction of the LignoTech Florida, LLC facility well underway in Fernandina Beach, Nassau County can soon expect a number of new, permanent jobs as a result of the economic venture.
     
    But what’s next in terms of economic development in the county, and where?
     
    Though Laura DiBella, executive director of Nassau County’s Economic Development Board, said that “significant activity” is “happening in every corner of the county right now,” she added that one of her next areas of focus for economic development is Yulee.
     
    DiBella said that she could not go into detail about exactly what the projects might involve, but she did give broad descriptions of the types of industries that could be coming to the area.

    “We have light manufacturing, health care, corporate headquarters (and) lots of retail (looking at Yulee).  Lots of retail is going to descend upon the Yulee area and really everything in between, so restaurants, warehousing, distribution – those types of industries.”

    “Health care is going to become a very big component of Yulee,” DiBella allowed.  DiBella then proposed that a new hospital could eventually come to Yulee “with due time (and) with population growth. … Yulee is – to steal somebody else’s words – the proverbial hole in the donut from a health­care standpoint.  It’s inevitable that we’re going to have something major on the
    health­care front happening out there.”  She said a new hospital would “probably start off as a free­standing emergency room.”

    “Hospitals nowadays are planting their roots via free­standing emergency room types of setup and then the beds get built around it after that,” DiBella said.  “We are far enough away from all of the competition to potentially support a new hospital (in Yulee).”

    Light manufacturing, as described by DiBella, is “generally thought of as more automated, clean, it doesn’t (produce a) smell, it doesn’t make noise, anything that would not be relegated to a heavy manufacturing (location) – which often will be (located) in a sparse, very non­residential area like the Crawford Diamond.”

    “When I say manufacturing, I’m not talking about the big smoke stacks that we have out here on the island.  That is the Industrial Revolution type of manufacturing.  That’s not manufacturing anymore,” DiBella said, adding, “You can potentially have an announcement (for a project) in Yulee, I would say in the next three months.”

    In addition to new health care, light manufacturing, corporate headquarters, retail and restaurant businesses, DiBella said information technology is another industry that could be coming.

    “As far as a data center front, we have a certified data center site that is still kind of being eyeballed right now in Yulee at Nassau Crossing industrial (park) site,” DiBella said.
     
    DiBella explained why she could not go into specific details about the economic projects coming to
    the area.

    “There’s a cloak of secrecy surrounding what we do and who we talk to, and largely that is for the safety of the company itself and its competition,” she said.  

    “Oftentimes you’re dealing with companies making major decisions that will, if it’s a move … then things are highly secretive because until a final decision is made, nobody wants to, essentially, rock the boat with their employees, with their investors or with anything and risk losing critical workforce because of something that is an unknown still – fear of people losing their jobs or
    having to relocate or something like that.  We try to control the rumor mill.  That’s what it really boils down to.

    “And also these companies are public, like Rayonier Advanced Materials and Borregaard, both of them are public companies. They need to control the information that goes out before they themselves release it for public purposes,” DiBella said, adding that a company’s competition also plays a role.

    “Nobody wants their competition to know really what they’re doing because, heaven forbid, their competition is going to get ahead of them.  There really is a very rational reason why we have to keep things quiet.  I wish we didn’t because I would love to tell everybody, ‘Oh my gosh, do you know who we’re talking to right now?’”

    And Yulee is only one of DiBella’s focus areas for the county’s next economic venture.  DiBella said that she’s also trying to land a big economic project for the west side of the county, specifically at the Crawford Diamond.

    “It is my goal, my personal goal, to land a big project on the west side, on the Crawford Diamond site,” DiBella said.  “That site is really – to use a pun – a diamond in the rough. … It’s one of the best sites in the country, and I can say that from a real estate standpoint because that’s my background – commercial real estate.”
     
    Some of the advantages that make the Crawford Diamond a “rare” site are its size and its close proximity to railroads, ports and major roadways like Interstates 95 and 10, according to DiBella.  

    In addition to discussing economic projects coming to Nassau County, DiBella also explained the role of the Nassau County Economic Development Board.

    “The Nassau County Economic Development Board is a public­ private partnership funded in part by county and municipal government funds and private funding through individual donations (from) corporate or all the way down to a single individual’s (donation).  The mix is about – I would say – 65 percent private (donations) and the rest public funding.  It used to be 50/­50, but
    now our private investment is growing as we continue to grow,” DiBella said.  

    “To put it simply, I would say we are the chief marketing arm for the business community both outside and inside for Nassau County.  So we’re often thought of as recruiters, which that is a big function of what we do – marketing and recruiting Nassau County as a place to do business.  Equally, we are the conduit for any sort of business needs for companies that are already located here from expansion efforts, retention efforts, workforce coordination, whatever it may be. So anything that involves business here in Nassau County, we are somewhat of a touch point for that.”

    In order to get businesses to invest in Nassau County, DiBella said that the Economic Development Board reaches out to businesses using “web­driven marketing efforts” and by “physically going to see them, participating in conferences and engaging and forming relationships with site selectors and those that are responsible for guiding these corporate entities to make big
    decisions.

    “Our outreach is pretty broad.  We often get the question at times: How do you differ from the Chamber (of Commerce)?  And I think we’re really swinging the bat big on the large corporate, large manufacturing and larger­ scale type of operations that are out there … and targeting certain companies that we think would be ideal for here,” DiBella said.
     
    She added that the quality of life in Nassau County is another selling point to get businesses to invest in the area.

    “The trends are pointing toward – and they have been for a while – toward development of (a) ‘live, work and play’ atmosphere. … Commuting is becoming less and less attractive,” DiBella said.  “Being able to live within minutes and work within minutes of each other and have all of the amenities at your fingertips, we’re becoming very accustomed to that as a society and I think it’s
    only going to grow from an attraction standpoint.  It’s encouraging and I’m grateful that Nassau County has the foresight … to accept and adopt a plan that will incorporate a lifestyle like that.”
  • April 15, 2016

    Women power much of First Coast's commercial real estate deals

    Some of the region’s largest real estate transactions have been put together by women both in brokerage and economic development.

    CREW — Commercial Real Estate Women — Jacksonville spotlighted this fact Wednesday at The River Club with an event “Women Making the Deals” where Jacksonville brokers Traci Jenks and Kaycee Gardner joined economic development professionals Melissa Glasgow, Cathy Chambers and Laura DiBella to talk about the local real estate market.

  • April 7, 2016

    Nassau County rated as 10th healthiest county in Florida

    Nassau County has been rated the 10th healthiest county among Florida’s 67 counties in 2016 according to a national study.  The comparative study conducted annually as a joint project between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Institute, ranked Nassau County well above last year’s rank of 24. 
  • April 6, 2016

    FSCJ Nassau Center Career and Dual Enrollment Open House

    Representatives will be on site from several career and technical education programs to meet with students and answer questions.  There will also be a dual enrollment information session at 6:30PM for eligible students and their families.  To learn more about the certificate and degree programs available through FSCJ, attend this open house and speak with an advisor or program representative.
  • March 29, 2016

    Jeff Householder, President of Florida Public Utilities Company, joined celebration of company’s record of strong performance at the New York Stock Exchange

    On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) -- the parent company of Florida Public Utilities Company -- rang The Closing Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange.
     
    Joining the Company’s executive leadership team on the podium for the bell ringing will be Jeffry Householder, President of Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU), based on Amelia Island, Florida.
     
    Chesapeake Utilities Corporation acquired FPU in 2009 with a commitment to provide natural gas transmission and distribution, propane distribution and electricity distribution to approximately 120,000 customers in 39 counties throughout the state.  

  • April 7, 2016

    Nassau County rated as 10th healthiest county in Florida

    Nassau County has been rated the 10th healthiest county among Florida’s 67 counties in 2016 according to a national study.  The comparative study conducted annually as a joint project between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Institute, ranked Nassau County well above last year’s rank of 24.Nassau County has been rated the 10th healthiest county among Florida’s 67 counties in 2016 according to a national study.  The comparative study conducted annually as a joint project between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Institute, ranked Nassau County well above last year’s rank of 24.
  • March 15, 2016

    Nassau County School District to break ground on new state-of-the-art elementary school

    Designed to foster discovery and learning, the Nassau County School Board is excited to announce it will break ground on its newest elementary school on March 28, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Wildlight Elementary School is a kindergarten through fifth grade school located within the new Wildlight community, one mile north of the intersection of State Road 200/A1A and William Burgess Boulevard.
  • March 7, 2016

    FSCJ Nassau Center Financial Skills Academy

    Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Nassau Center hosted the first night of the Financial Skills Academy course, “Basic Financial Skills,” on Wednesday, March 2.  The free course is offered to the public, for the first time, at the Nassau Center.
     
    The course meets on four Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, and 30, at the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center. Class is from 6-7:30 p.m. and emphasizes practical financial information and development of skills related to earning, spending and investing money.

  • February 29, 2016

    Amelia Island Tourist Development Council Celebrates Record-Breaking 2015

    Amelia Island hosted a record 618,200 overnight visitors in 2015, a 7.6 percent increase over 2014, and who collectively spent $433 million while visiting, a 10.7 percent increase from the previous year. The figures were presented during the Feb. 24 board meeting of the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council (TDC). The organization shared its final 2015 performance metrics and results related to visitation, tourism and the economy.  The board also reviewed a five-year history of performance, and comparisons to other northeast Florida destinations.
  • February 25, 2016

    Bob’s Steak & Chop House Expands with New Location at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

    Omni Hotels & Resorts announces the expansion of Bob’s Steak & Chop House restaurants into three new locations in 2016: Amelia Island, Fla., Carlsbad, Calif., and New York, N.Y.
  • February 22, 2016

    FSCJ Nassau Center Offers Free Financial Skills Academy

    The Financial Skills Academy’s mission is “sharpening our skills for earning, spending and investing money”.  The six most import words are discussed – earn more, spend less, invest wisely.
  • February 22, 2016

    NEW FSBDC AT UNF BUSINESS CONSULTANT TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESSES IN NASSAU COUNTY

    The Nassau County Economic Development Board is pleased to announce Jodi Henson as the new Business Consultant for the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida’s (FSBDC at UNF) office located in Nassau County.
  • December 16, 2015

    FSCJ Offers Classes at West Nassau High School for Spring Term

    Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) Nassau Center is offering two college credit classes at West Nassau High School for the Spring 2016 Term. The classes being offered are College Algebra and Speech Communication for Business and the Professions. Spring Term classes begin January 6, 2016.
  • December 9, 2015

    FSCJ Nassau Center to Offer Night and Weekend Classes for Associate Degree Completion

    The Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Betty P. Cook Nassau Center has added two new complete program options for students to complete their Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Beginning in the Spring 2016 Term, special classes will be offered on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings for students interested in earning their associate in science degree.
  • March 28, 2016

    President of FPU joins in ringing of The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) -- the parent company of Amelia Island-based, Florida Public Utilities Company -- rang The Closing Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange.
     
    Joining the Company’s executive leadership team on the podium for the bell ringing was Jeffry Householder, President of Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU).
     
    Chesapeake Utilities Corporation acquired FPU in 2009 with a commitment to provide natural gas transmission and distribution, propane distribution and electricity distribution to approximately 120,000 customers in 39 counties throughout the state.  
     
  • October 21, 2015

    River Valley Paper Company expands operations in Nassau County, Florida

    (Yulee, FL)  Akron, Ohio-based River Valley Paper Company, a manager, processor and exporter of waste paper, has chosen Yulee, Florida as the new home for their Southeast processing facility.  The move brings their processing operations closer to their regional sales office, which has been a part of the Nassau County community for 10 years.  The company also has a processing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan and markets recovered paper throughout North America, and exports worldwide.
  • November 12, 2015

    Ulta Cosmetics and Dunkin’ Donuts coming to Villages of Amelia

    (Yulee, FL)  We are pleased to announce that Ulta Cosmetics and Dunkin’ Donuts will be the two new tenants at the Villages of Amelia, along the growing A1A (SR 200)/Chester Road corridor.  According to representatives for Sleiman Enterprises, owners of the property, an approximate 2,300 square foot Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-thru is set to be constructed in a new outparcel building, while Ulta Cosmetics will build a 10,000 square foot store next to Ross.
  • June 1, 2015

    Rayonier Advanced Materials Announces Lignin Partnership Plans with Borregaard ASA

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–()–Rayonier Advanced Materials (NYSE:RYAM) announced today that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) with Borregaard ASA to form a joint venture (JV) at its Fernandina Beach facility for the manufacturing, marketing and sale of natural lignin-based products. The new company will be owned 45 percent by RYAM and 55 percent by Borregaard.
  • May 10, 2016

    Wildlight welcomes Rayonier's new headquarters

    Nassau County to Benefit from Relocation


    Raydient Places + Properties today announced that Rayonier Inc. will locate its corporate headquarters in a new office building to be constructed in Wildlight, Florida. With the move, Rayonier will become the first company to locate in the new community now under development about 20 miles north of Jacksonville near the interchange of Interstate 95 and Florida State Road A1A. The announcement builds on recent news that “A” rated and designated “Academically High-Performing” Nassau County School District has started construction on the Wildlight Elementary School. Both the new school and the office building are scheduled to open in the second half of 2017 along with other foundational elements of the new community.
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