Turning trees into everyday products for over 75 years


The mills of WestRock and Rayonier Advanced Materials have called Fernandina Beach home for over 75 years, making the pulp and paper industry one of our county’s most storied industries.  From the foresters who harvest the trees to the chemical engineers who turn pulp into cellulose, together, they employ over 600 skilled tradespeople, engineers and professionals.  Swedish-based Rosenblad Design Group, located in Yulee, Florida, is a premier manufacturer of evaporation systems and specialty heat exchangers for the manufacturing industry.

Western Nassau County boasts a bountiful wood basket, making wood product or paper manufacturing a natural fit for our community.  Manufacturers calling Nassau County home take advantage of competitive assets including the Port of Fernandina, two Class I rail lines (CSX and Norfolk Southern), two interstates (I-95 and I-10), providing access to over 50 million consumers within an eight-hour drive.

Abundant land at the Crawford Diamond Industrial Park, which is approved for up to 10.5 million square feet of heavy industrial use, is ideally situated for large manufacturing facilities and operations.  Low energy costs keep operational costs low, an added benefit for high-demand users.

Nassau County is ideally situated between four military installations - Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Naval Station Mayport, Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island and Naval Air Station Jacksonville – with 3,000 skilled veterans returning to the private sector each year, providing a ready pool of workers with military-honed skills in electronics, technical maintenance and management.  The military veterans of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia make up 14 percent of the region's workforce, compared to seven percent for the U.S. overall.
 

The NCEDB exists because of the generous support of the Nassau County Board of Commissioners, our local municipalities and economic development partners.
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