Governor Rick Scott announced the ground breaking and ribbon cutting of food distribution leader, Cheney Brothers Inc., in Charlotte County. The ceremony took place at the site of the future distribution center and regional warehouse, which will provide 380 job opportunities and more than $40 million in capital investment for the area. In addition, Charlotte County held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently constructed Cheney Way, which provides improved access to the new distribution center.
Cheney Brothers currently has locations in Riviera Beach, Ocala and Orlando. The opening of the Charlotte County facility will provide a closer distribution center to its customers in the Tampa Bay region and southwest Florida.
The broader wholesale trade, transportation and logistics industry employs more than half a million Floridians. Of those, nearly 85,500 work at companies specifically providing logistics and distribution services. As the gateway to Latin America, Florida’s logistics and distribution industry is poised to grow further with the Panama Canal expansion in 2014 and the numerous infrastructure developments and upgrades underway around the state. Governor Rick Scott recently announced $8.8 billion in the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget,” to make strategic transportation improvements throughout the state. This will fully fund the Florida Department of Transportation’s Work Program and continue vital investments in port, construction, bridge and other transportation infrastructure improvements.
This project was made possible with the help of close partnerships between Enterprise Florida, Charlotte County Economic Development Office, Florida Power and Light (FPL) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
Support from the Florida Department of Transportation included an Economic Development Transportation Fund Grant, which is awarded to a local government on behalf of a business for public transportation improvements. The grant will be used to reduce transportation impediments and enable safe access to the distribution center.
Secretary of FDOT, Ananth Prasad said, “Transportation infrastructure plays a significant role in creating the necessary conditions for companies to expand or relocate to Florida. Because of Governor Scott’s continued investments in our infrastructure, the department is able to develop an effective and efficient transportation system that meets the needs of Florida’s citizens and businesses. Today is an exciting day for Charlotte County as the new distribution center will create jobs and have a positive economic impact on the region.”